Editorial & Opinion

Don’t Sweat The Small Things

10/14/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

After more than 15 years as a pulpit rabbi, perhaps the wisest comment I have seen about synagogue life comes from a monastery. In her lovely memoir, “The Cloister Walk,” about her time in a Benedictine monastery in Minnesota, Kathleen Norris writes:

One Year Later, Taking Ownership of Sandy

10/14/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As we prepare to mark the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, there is a near unanimous consensus among scientists that the world is getting hotter at an alarming pace and that human beings have had something to do with it. A just-released report by a select United Nations panel leaves little to speculation, stating, “It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.”

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Growing The Conservative Movement

10/14/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The recently released study of the American Jewish community by the prestigious Pew Research Center points to some serious problems in the Conservative movement.  The survey reveals declining membership and the inability of the movement to retain its young people. As a rabbi who has been leading free, walk-in High Holy Day services for young Jews for the last 10 years, and as a Talmud professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary, I want to make some suggestions to keep the movement robust.

Rabbi Judith Hauptman

The Akeidah: Faith And Trust

10/14/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:52 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 18:1-22:24
Haftarah: II Kings 4:1-37
Havdalah: 6:51 p.m.

Editor's Note: 5774 will be a special treat for online readers of "Sabbath Week." The Jewish Week is thrilled to bring our weekly Torah commentary together with artist Archie Rand's "Chapter Paintings:" one accompanies, illustrates and illuminates every Torah portion. The art will be available first on the Jewish Week's homepage slide carousel, and then on our Arts page carousel... that is, until the next week, when the next portion, painting and dvar Torah take their turn. Read more about the artist and his work here.

Fred Ehrman

My Secret, As The Father Of An LGBTQ Child -- Not What You Think!

10/10/2013 - 20:00

Editor's Note: Eshel, an organization that advocates for an Orthodox community that is inclusive of LGBTQ Jews, offered us this piece in honor of National Coming Out DayEshel is launching an Orthodox Allies Roundtable.  To find out more on how to be an Orthodox ally click here.

I am a Modern Orthodox Jew, the product of a Torah u’Madda (Torah and secular) education. I am not sure what I expected to discover at this first-ever weekend “Shabbaton,” hosted by Eshel, for Orthodox Jewish parents of LGBTQ children last April. 

Abraham And The World War

10/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:03 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 12:1-17:27
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:-27-41:16
Havdalah: 7:02 p.m.

Sandra Rapoport

Help Synagogues, Don’t Criticize Them

10/08/2013 - 20:00

The Opinion piece, “When Judaism Becomes Kmart” (Oct. 4), by
 Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, echoed many of my own sentiments regarding the plethora 
of “garage” and “pop-up” synagogues cropping up on the North Shore of Long 
Island.

Disagrees With Wertheimer

10/08/2013 - 20:00

As a Conservative Jew and a mohel certified by the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Rabbinical Assembly, in practice for more than 25 years, I was somewhat dismayed at the content of Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Not Too Late To Push In-Marriage?” (Sept. 13). While Professor [Jack] Wertheimer has done extensive work in gathering data on Jewish demographics, I am afraid that he “chooses and picks” his data to suit his points of view. I disagree that intermarried families have lower chances of raising committed Jews, and I believe my statistics and follow-ups prove him wrong.

Ramaz Club On Sexual Identity

10/08/2013 - 20:00
Jerry Zeitchik, Director of Guidance

Rabbi Steven Greenberg’s column, “New Hope For Gay Orthodox Jews” (Opinion, Oct. 4), mischaracterizes a student club at Ramaz that was initiated by the school (not “pushed into it”). In this spirit, we want to clarify the purpose and focus of the club, called Sexuality, Identity and Society.

Saddened By Pew Survey

10/08/2013 - 20:00

I found myself saddened, demoralized and deeply concerned when reading the
 results of the Pew survey (“Fast-Growing Jewish ‘Nones’ Seen Reshaping Community,” Oct. 4).

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