Editorial & Opinion

Questions For Julius Berman

08/26/2013 - 20:00

As the elected president of the National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors (NAHOS), I am responding to Claims Conference president Julius Berman’s opinion piece, “Sin Of Commission At The Jewish Week” (Aug. 16).

Carlebach’s Contribution

08/26/2013 - 20:00

To one who davened, learned and sang with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach for two decades, Ted Merwin’s story inspired by the musical “Soul Doctor” — which he inexcusably adulterated with a tangential discussion of ugly accusations about Rabbi Carlebach made by a handful of women years after his death — was bizarrely out of focus when it was not simply bizarre (“Carlebach’s Burning Desire To Heal,” Aug. 9).

New Songs For A New Year

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When asked how he could slight astrology when the Talmud endorses it, Maimonides responded, “Because human beings are created with their eyes in front, not in back.” 

Rabbi David Wolpe

Seven Lessons Of 5773

The old saying about the holidays always coming early or late isn't quite true.
08/26/2013 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

On the cusp of a new Jewish year, here are a few things I absorbed during the one drawing to a close:

The old saying about the Jewish holidays always coming early or late isn’t quite true.

Gary Rosenblatt

Crossing ‘Red Lines’

08/26/2013 - 20:00

President Barack Obama boxed himself into a corner a year ago when he said the use of chemical warfare in the Syrian conflict would be a “red line” that would require a strong response. Now that time has come.

The Dreams Of Rosh HaShanah

08/26/2013 - 20:00

It’s the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech; the 100th anniversary of Menachem Begin’s birth; and the 5,774th anniversary of God’s dream and Adam’s birth. All are worthy of being “dipped in honey” this week on Rosh HaShanah.

One Bit Of Good News From This Summer Of Scandals

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I keep hearing my grandfather’s voice in my head: “Oy. This is bad for the Yidden” — this is bad for the Jews. This has been the summer of Jewish communal folly. The heads of two very significant communal institutions — Sol Adler at the 92nd Street Y and Willie Rapfogel at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty — were fired in the last few week because of serious scandals. Add that to the Claims Conference scandal and what you get makes this Spitzer/Weiner New York hot and blustery summer a terrible one for the Jews. It’s been a man bites dog summer.

Misha Galperin

Losing The Battle Here To Keep Russian Jews Jewish

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The warning signs came early this season, Jewish-themed post cards with veiled messianic references arriving in mailboxes throughout the Brighton Beach neighborhood.

Mordechai Tokarsky

Scrolling Through Life

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:28 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30
Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9
Havdalah: 7:25 p.m.

Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg

God’s Gatekeepers: Signs Of Progress?

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Everybody knows the war is over

Everybody knows the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

-- Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows”

A bitter irony of Israel’s recent election of two new chief rabbis is that the only group that really cared about it lost – again.

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