Editorial & Opinion

Relates To Beren Decision

04/10/2012

As a parent who advocated last February for my USA Gymnasts daughter Amalya Knapp, I fully applaud and appreciate Daniel Edelman’s Opinion piece, “Lessons From Beren’s Legal Challenge,” March 23. I too agree with the “additional value” that came along with Mirwis’ and Kosowsky’s perseverance in advocating for their Beren and Maimonides children and students — “to appreciate and experience the beauty of Shabbat while internalizing “... the lesson of inclusiveness fundamental to this country’s purpose.”

YU’s Mission

04/10/2012

Unfortunately, your article on Yeshiva University does a disservice to it and to American Jewish community, especially to parents of high school students considering where to send their children for university (“Stuck In The Middle With YU,” March 30).

Unique YU Experience

04/10/2012

Helen Chernikoff’s description of Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools prior to Richard Joel’s arrival as a top-notch yeshiva and second-class college seems foreign to me (“Stuck In The Middle With YU,” March 30). I am used to hearing the opposite. However, as a close observer of the school for over 20 years, I have long learned to discount partisan complaints that one aspect of the university overshadows another.

Proud To Be A YU Grad

04/10/2012

I read your article, “Stuck In The Middle With YU” (March 30) with great interest. As a YU alumnus and a RIETS musmach (rabbinical graduate), I experienced that feeling about being in “the middle.” But I never felt “stuck.” YU was a unique place “to grow in the middle.” It provided me with peripheral vision, a sense of balance and an opportunity to create a worldview in which the primacy of Torah was always at the center of my focus alongside a genuine appreciation of “the knowledge of the nations.”

Two Voices Stilled

04/10/2012
Editorial

Two influential American Jews praised and criticized for their assertive, sometimes aggressive, style in the public arena died this week. One was a champion of Jewish causes, the other far more problematic.

Stalling Tactics

04/10/2012
Editorial

The leaders of Iran and Syria have learned the dirty little secret of dealing with an international community making demands  them.

In the case of Iran, the U.S. and other countries are about to launch another round of negotiations with Tehran in an effort to prevent the Islamic revolution leaders from developing a nuclear weapon that threatens the region and the free world.

The Limits Of Certainty

04/10/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

We are surrounded by certainty. After a lifetime of finding out how wrong I can be about things I used to be sure of — including myself — I am amazed by the tub-thumping certainty of people around me. From politicians to pundits to preachers to — well, everyone — people seem incapable of entertaining the possibility they may be wrong. No wonder the Talmud tells us, “Teach your tongue to say ‘I don’t know.’”

New Approaches To Strengthening Old Ties

04/10/2012
Editor And Publisher

Israelis who leave their native country to settle in the diaspora have long been known as yordim, those who go down. It is a disparaging term, and one in contrast to those diaspora Jews who make aliyah, or ascend, to live in Israel.

The two concepts – going up to or down from Israel -- are anchored in a moral equation that harks back to classical Zionism, which negated the diaspora and insisted that Jewish survival depends on the imperative of aliyah.

Gary Rosenblatt

Why Dissent Is Essential

04/10/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

One of the greatest accomplishments of the Zionist movement was its ability to tolerate and even encourage differing and often mutually challenging perspectives and ideologies. It is ironic, bordering on tragic, that the fulfillment of the Zionist dream has resulted in an increasingly narrow sphere of discourse and acceptable ideation.

We are becoming more insular, accepting only a small range of views and calling others by exclusionary and outright insulting names.

Peter Geffen

Manolos And The Jews

04/10/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Every Passover in my youth I had something new to wear. My mother shopped exclusively at S. Klein on the Square on 14th Street in Manhattan and Ohrbachs on 34th Street, both noted for discount clothing. Money was often in short supply, but that didn’t stop her from buying me (rarely herself) a new dress or shoes for holidays and other occasions. I adored the clothes, and still have mental images of my favorites. I remember the light blue woolen dress with scalloped button holes that I wore one Passover even though we had freaky hot weather and I suffered in my woolen clothes.

Francine Klagsbrun
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