Editorial & Opinion

Flotilla’s ‘Audacity Of Hope’

06/28/2011
Editorial

As Gilad Shalit begins his sixth year in captivity, media attention already has shifted from his plight to the next flotilla heading for Gaza, and a new chapter in provocation against Israel.

In Afghanistan, A Reminder Of Hate

06/28/2011
Editorial

In central Afghanistan, an 8-year-old girl was killed last week when a package she was given by members of Taliban exploded. She was told to take the parcel to a nearby police checkpoint. She did not know that she was carrying a bomb, which Taliban set off by remote control.

Note To Jewish Organizations: Don’t Forget The Boomers

06/28/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

How do some issues achieve “hurricane force winds” while others are barely noticed?

Take the current tectonic shift in demographics: In the past, population charts resembled pyramids with larger numbers of young people at the base and fewer elderly at a narrower peak. There were enough young people to support the aged.

Now there’s a radical shift: the pyramid’s sides are becoming even. It looks like a square with large populations in their 50s and 60s on top and surprising numbers above them.

Circumcision Is Out Of Vogue: An Orthodox Rabbi Agrees

06/28/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s easy to dismiss the supporters of a November initiative in San Francisco to make it illegal to circumcise children. Like all true believers, these “intactivists” engage in junk science and exaggerated rhetoric about “male genital mutilation.” Further discrediting their cause, the movement’s leadership peddles virtually anti-Semitic propaganda, such as the comic book “Foreskin Man,” which reads like a sophomoric plagiary of a superhero cartoon, a racy Penthouse fantasy and Der Sturmer.

In Praise Of The New Moon

06/28/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:13 p.m.
Torah: Num. 19:1-22:1; Num. 28:9-15 (Sat.);
Num. 28:1-15 (Sun.)
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Havdalah: 9:21 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Israel: A Conversion In Two Parts

06/24/2011

Two events in the past few weeks have reinforced my view of Israel as the unifying aspect of Jewish life in New York, while making me question its current status.
Scene One: This year’s Salute to Israel Parade. As I took my place along 5th Avenue, it was clearly evident that more synagogues and community groups than ever before took part in this year’s parade.

Finding Answers In Alabama’s Rubble

06/21/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

How do we make sense out of chaos? How do we reestablish order in our lives after everything has gone wrong? Perhaps more importantly, after everything has gone wrong, how do we muster the strength and purpose to commit ourselves to rebuild, to rededicate, and to look forward to a new day—a new life?

The Torah teaches us in Deuteronomy 30:19, “I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life—if you and your offspring would live—by loving the Lord your God...”

Calling For Panic, Not Policy

06/21/2011

Gary Rosenblatt writes that, on one hand, “the primary reason there has been no peace with the Palestinians is that the Palestinians refuse to recognize the right of the Jewish people to have a state of their own,” yet, on the other, that Israeli leaders must sit down “with Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad, soon, while they are still in control, in an effort to avert the UN showdown and keep Hamas out of the process” (“Bad As Israel’s Situation Is, It May Well Get Worse,” June 10).

Teach Talia To Be Proud

06/21/2011

Upon reading Elicia Brown's column, “This Land Is Your Land?” (Back Of The Book, June 10), I feel compelled to respond. Teaching her daughter Talia about Israel is a very worthwhile idea, and I have a few suggestions.

First, enroll her in a Jewish school. I know the cost is high, but the cost to Jewish identity if not enrolled is even greater. In a yeshiva or day school, she will imbibe love of Israel with the very air she breathes.

Holocaust Was Unique

06/21/2011

I believe the Holocaust is unique in modern history and should be kept as a separate study. (“Muslim Woman To Lead College Holocaust Center,” June 17)

Too many nations, church leaders, etc. actively participated in the sole efforts to kill all the Jews of Europe. It went beyond the genocidal excesses we have read about in most history books and studies. Most genocidal efforts were limited to a specific area or nation. The Holocaust was to kill Jews regardless of national boundaries, belief or even ethnicity.

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