Editorial & Opinion

Running On Empty

06/03/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Many of us remember Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty” as a theme song of adolescence. He created an image for us of moving blindly ahead on long, bleak expanses of highway and made it a metaphor about life. Today we might move from roads to treadmills, but the sentiment stays the same.

Erica Brown

The Top 50 Rabbis In The Desert

06/03/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:04 p.m.
Torah: Num. 16:1-18:32
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-64
Havdalah: 9:15 p.m.

A rabbi friend recently joked about the “Top 50 Rabbis in America.” He said he figures he is somewhere around 1,367; Rabbi No. 1364, he says, speaks better than he does, and Rabbi No. 1,368 has visited fewer sick people than he has, so he must be right in between them. He’s hoping that next year he’ll move up to the 1,350s, but who knows? As long as he’s in the Top 2,000, he says, he should be fine.

Abby Sosland

Our Debt To The Red Army: Now It Can Be Told

06/03/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The recent 20th anniversary celebration of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington began with a fitting display of American patriotism and Jewish gratitude.

David E. Fishman

Does A Thriving Israel Still Need Our Support?

06/03/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Israel has been much in the news lately, and a good portion of the coverage over the past months has been good. That in itself is news.

A recent Bloomberg survey showed that the Israeli shekel is currently among the strongest of 31 major currencies, a result of the booming economy. Also in May, after decades of Israel importing every drop of fuel, natural gas began to flow from the Mediterranean.

Melvyn H. Bloom

The Aish Kodesh: Inflated Success and Positive Reinforcement

05/28/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Many child development books today encourage using only positive language with children. Instead of speaking with discouraging, critical, or punitive language, one should frame the direction in the positive. While there is clearly some benefit to this approach, when done incorrectly it may also further a next generation of inflated egos. There is already no lack of unearned "validation" in our culture. The authors of Switch explain:

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Kotel Problem Not Haredi Extremism

05/27/2013 - 20:00

While I agree with Rabbi Yitz Greenberg’s advocacy of the Sharansky compromise in regard to the Western Wall, there are two elements in his Opinion article with which I disagree (“Time For Modern Orthodox Leaders To Speak Out On Kotel Proposal,” Opinion, April 26).

First, he intimates that opposition to the Women of the Wall is due to haredi extremism. In reality, the actions of the Women of the Wall were offensive to a far larger group of Orthodox Jews and traditional Israelis who viewed the incident as an attempt to inflict feminist American values on a site holy to all Jews.

Belle Harbor Will Come Back

05/27/2013 - 20:00

Thank you for highlighting Belle Harbor, Queens, in your continued coverage of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy (“Families, Synagogues Still Reeling Seven Months After Hurricane Sandy,” May 24).

Off Base On Bris Ritual

05/27/2013 - 20:00

Jonathan Mark is way off target in his article “First Amendment Group Joins Bris Fight,” May 10. The author conflates true cases of anti-Orthodox sentiment, like opposition to the Tenafly eruv, with government intervention in a potentially life-threatening non-consensual practice in which an eight-day-old child may be an unwitting victim — metzitzah b’peh (oral suction).

The Talmudic rabbis instituted metzitzah b’peh as a medical practice to protect the child’s health, not as a ritual act. 

Shuls And Changing Demographics

05/27/2013 - 20:00

The May 10 article “Dying L.I. Synagogue Finds A, Well, Savior” certainly portrays a unique situation. As the demographics of the American Jewish community continue to change, you will see many more of these sort of “creative” endeavors.

Mountain Jews

05/27/2013 - 20:00

We were a wandering people but with a direction — headed toward a place. In his brilliant book, “Sinai and Zion,” biblical scholar Jon Levenson contrasts the legacy of the two mountains.  Sinai is the peak of the wilderness, the time of desert wandering. It was a miraculous time — plagues and revelations, splitting seas and early discoveries of God. 

Rabbi David Wolpe
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