Editorial & Opinion

Purim Jokes Go Too Far

03/05/2013 - 19:00

Purim is one of my favorite holidays, and I love the tradition of the Purim shpiel and Purim Torah making nonsense out of normally staid or even somewhat holy topics.

Praise For E-rate Series

03/05/2013 - 19:00

Mazel Tov on your investigation and article around the alleged E-rate scam (“Internet-Averse Haredi Schools Reaping Millions In Federal Tech Funds,” Feb. 22, “How Do Haredi Schools Get All That E-rate Money?” March 1).

Backs Tolerant Conversion Approach

03/05/2013 - 19:00

Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove’s exploration of the idea of offering to convert someone prior to a marriage to a Jewish partner, and before a year-long course of study, is both commonsensical and profoundly Jewish (“Time to Rethink Conversion Policy,” Editorial, March 1).

Struggling With Conversion Issue

03/05/2013 - 19:00

I am writing regarding your editorial, “Time to Rethink Conversion Policy” (March 1), and Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove’s “thinking out loud” about the conversion policies of the Conservative movement.

Mood Shift At AIPAC

03/05/2013 - 19:00

Much has been written, here and elsewhere, about what was said at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington this week, attended by some 13,000 delegates, clearly the biggest pro-Israel gathering of its kind.

The Pope And Jewish Communal Professionals: Staying Too Long?

The Need for Term Limits!
03/05/2013 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I have been involved with many institutions where someone clearly overstayed his or her welcome in a certain position. That person should have retired, transitioned, or resigned years (maybe even decades) earlier, but found ways to maneuver such that he or she could stick around, with the majority of folks involved in the organization becoming deeply resentful and the organization itself having its growth stunted.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

David Hartman’s Legacy To Jewish Life, Religious Thought

03/04/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Says the Talmud: the righteous (tzadikim) loom even larger after death than in their lifetimes. This must prove that David Hartman was a tzaddik (he would scoff at any attempt to apply this label to him).

Yitz Greenberg

When God Dwells In Our Midst

03/04/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:36 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 35:1­ 40: 38; 12:1-20
Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18
Havdalah: 6:36 p.m.

Shlomo Riskin

BDS Threat Is To Israel’s Legitimacy, Not Free Speech

03/04/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When I was a student at Brooklyn College, eons ago, the subjects of free speech and academic freedom were tied into the country’s mortal fear of Communism. One of the most heated issues on campus centered on the firing of Harry Slochower, a well-known professor of German and comparative literature.

Francine Klagsbrun

JCPA Tables Gay Marriage Resolution

Striving for consensus, public affairs council honors OU's objection.
03/03/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

There are two resolutions up for proposal at the two-day annual policy plenum of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), starting Sunday in Washington, D.C. One advocates for fair pay, and the other for gun control. But the talk among the delegates will be about a third resolution that won’t be on the agenda.

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