Editorial & Opinion

The Jews’ Split Political Personality

Special To The Jewish Week

For Jews, politics is not a mere avocation, it is the centerpiece element of their story.

As we approach the November elections, we find the emergence of two distinctive political camps within the American Jewish world.  If Jonathan Woocher’s notions of an “American Jewish civil religion” held measure during the decades of the 1960s to the 1980s, then a new iteration of a defining Jewish political culture has emerged in these initial years of the 21st century.

Steven Windmueller

In The Wake Of The Flood

Special To The JewishWeek

Shabbat Shalom
Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:52 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 6:9-11:32
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-10
Havdalah: 6:50 p.m.

Rabbi Jill Hausman

Point-Counter-Point: Why Is Bibi Taking Sides In The Election?

The noted pundit and the Reform Union's past president discuss Bibi's Iran campaign.

Dear Yossi,

Help me understand why Prime Minister Netanyahu is taking sides in the American election. He pulled back a bit at the UN, but enormous damage has already been done.

The Hartman Institute

Obama: A President Of Vision And Values


Jewish voters know the scene well. Politicians show up at our synagogues, community events and Jewish homes for the aging—all talking up “Jewish values,” all trying to speak the language of the Jewish community.

This election season, we are seeing more of the same. Yet the trick for our community and congregations is to decipher who really means it. It is to judge our political figures not by how well they can pronounce certain Hebrew terms, but how effectively they act on our shared values.

Don’t Risk Israel’s Security On Obama’s Words


“Americans who support Israel should take the president at his word,” wrote Haim Saban recently in the New York Times, claiming President Barack Obama is fully committed to the Jewish state.

But is that true? Should we take him at his word?

No, not when Israel confronts the threat of nuclear annihilation by Iran.

Why is Netanyahu Taking Sides in the Presidential Election?

Yossi Klein Halevi and Yehuda Kurtzer recorded a video response to questions from readers who responded to their column, in which they debated why some American Jews seem to be ignoring Iran's threat to Israel.

Click on the image below to see that video now.

Thu, 10/11/2012

My Inning With George

When I go see the Orioles play the Yankees in the Bronx, I feel like a Marrano in 15th-century Spain, hiding my true identity for fear of being punished for my beliefs.

The last time the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees met in the playoffs before this week, I spent a few surreal moments schmoozing with George Steinbrenner in his owner’s box in Yankee Stadium, trying very hard not to let on that I was a fervent Orioles fan hoping his team would lose that day — and every day after that until the end of time.

More On Yossele Rosenblatt

Teaneck, N.J.

The editor and your letter-writer, Albert Volaski, are both right, and both wrong (Letter and Editor’s Note, Oct. 5) regarding Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt and “The Jazz Singer.”

Agunah Problem Continues


Rabbi Judith Hauptman and Phyllis Waldmann’s agunah solution based on the Wurzburg, Germany Halitzah document is akin to conditional marriage, a solution proposed by numerous rabbis in the past (“A Way To Solve The Agunah Problem,” Opinion, Sept. 21).

More recently conditional marriage is incorporated in Rabbi Michael Broyde’s Tripartite Prenuptial Agreement and Susan Weiss’s Center for Women’s Justice prenuptial. 

Not Single-Issue Voters

Scarsdale, N.Y.

Regarding “Israel Isn’t The Only Issue In This Election” (Opinion, Oct. 5) by Edith Everett: Kol hakavod to Edith Everett for her straightforward, edifying piece on Israel’s place in American elections. Not only are Jewish Americans overwhelmingly not single-issue voters on Israel, as some candidates treat them, but even if they were, the majority is able to parse a nuanced issue and recognize that strong American leadership in the peace process is better for Israel’s future than handing over our foreign policy to a conservative Israeli leadership.

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