Editorial & Opinion

Blind Liberal Thinking


In response to Edith Everett’s opinion piece, “Israel Isn’t The Only Issue In This Election” (Oct. 5): What’s good for America? Well, if Israel were not part of the calculation, former Gov. Mitt Romney would be 1,000 times better for the American economy and America as a whole. He is a businessman who knows how to get things done. As governor of a state led by Democrats, he was able to get things done. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama has not been able to work with the Republican Party. Even people from his side cannot work with him.

Simplistic Narrative


Kenneth Bialkin’s op-ed piece, “U.S. Policy Weakens Defense Against Terrorism” (Oct. 5), contributes to an overly simplistic yet stubbornly persistent narrative that conflates support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with support for Israel, and preemptive strikes on Iran with U.S. global leadership. It overlooks 60 percent of Israelis who oppose unilateral strikes on Iran, and Bibi’s paltry 30 percent approval rating. Remember that Israel is a democracy, and Bibi has shown little interest in forming a broad centrist coalition.

Partners In Learning


In Judaism the oral Torah was intended to be just that — unwritten. That way teaching would be more fluid, represented by human beings and not pages alone. But when catastrophe struck the Jewish people, the oral Torah was compiled and fixed in the Mishna and Talmud so it would not be lost.

Pushing The Candidates On Mideast Policy


With the final two presidential debates coming up in the next two weeks, foreign policy will be a key issue in each, though polls show only about 5 percent of the electorate consider the issue a top priority. That’s a disturbing figure because while Americans are warranted in their deep concern about the economy, it’s not an exaggeration to say that the fate of the world may well rest on the mantle of the next American president.

Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama

Balancing Memory And Reality

Special To The Jewish Week

This has been the season of remembrances. Twice in the past few weeks we have recited the Yizkor prayer in the synagogue in memory of relatives and friends no longer with us. And throughout the holy days the liturgy concentrated on our need — and God’s — to remember. We remembered our deeds, prayed for forgiveness and hoped for God’s selective memory to see the good in us and not the bad.

Francine Klagsbrun

Is Pluralism A False Hope

Special To The Jewish Week

I’ve had many experiences in Jewish pluralistic settings, including social and prayer programs and camps, so I thought I was prepared to lead a pluralistic service trip for American Jewish teens this past summer. But I was in for an unpleasant surprise, one that has shaken my beliefs about religious tolerance among our own people.

Shifra Mincer

Rollercoaster To The World’s Creation


Shabbat Shalom
Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:02 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 1:1-6:8
Haftarah: Isaiah 45:5-43:10
Havdalah: 6:59 p.m.  

Shlomo Riskin

What Happened to Bipartisan US Support for Israel?

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Agunah Problem


Regarding “A Way To Solve The Agunah Problem,” (Opinion, Sept 21), I am a little surprised that the authors did not mention the Rabbinical Council of America’s halachically correct and widely accepted pre-nuptial agreement created by Rabbi Mordechai Willig of Riverdale.

It dates back to the early 1990s and serves the exact function described in this article. Many Orthodox rabbis will not perform a marriage without having this document signed by the chassan [groom].

There is no need to reinvent the wheel in this case.

If You Build It, It May Fall

Every sukkah has a story. Some guys remember fondly every car they’ve owned. I can get misty about every sukkah in my life.
Editor And Publisher

When it comes to hardware stores, you can count me as a One-Day-A-Year Jew — and that day occurs just before the holiday of Sukkot, when I focus on putting up our family sukkah in the backyard. Thank God it only has to stand for eight days.

Part of the wonderful rhythm of the High Holy Days season is that we go directly from the cerebral solemnity of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur to the hands-on, harvest-inspired, outdoor-focused festival of Sukkot, recalling the wanderings of the ancient Israelites in the desert those 40 long years.

Gary Rosenblatt
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