Editorial & Opinion

Easy Deal

09/24/2013 - 20:00

In the movie “Father of the Bride,” the bride’s father, reviewing the
bills for the impending wedding, asks: “What do the groom’s parents
contribute to this wedding, just the groom?”

A Daughter’s Tribute

09/24/2013 - 20:00

Regarding Miriam Lichtenberg’s essay, “Higher Ground At Disney World” (Back of the Book, Sept. 13), a beautiful piece about a terribly sorrowful loss.

Proper Attire

09/24/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Years ago I attended a black-tie affair where the keynote address was delivered by the late Ambassador Max Kampelman. Not realizing the formality of the occasion, he was dressed somewhat casually. Noting his sartorial miscue, Ambassador Kampelman began his speech with a story about David Ben-Gurion.

Rabbi David Wolpe

A Simchat Torah Story

And it was morning and it was evening, the Seventh Game.
09/24/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

My favorite contemporary Simchat Torah story was told to me by a close friend who grew up in Pittsburgh. I offer it here in honor of Simchat Torah, which is celebrated this year on Thursday evening and Friday, and as the baseball season closes out this weekend. Nowadays, with the expanded Major Leagues, divisional playoffs and Wild Card teams, the World Series, long known as the October Classic, could very well linger until November. But when I was growing up, the World Series invariably fell out on the High Holy Days. (I used to imagine Ford Frick, the commissioner at the time, consulting a luach, or Jewish calendar, each year to pick the Series dates just to frustrate observant fans.) But it was just such a convergence of the baseball schedule and the Jewish holidays that led to the unique encounter described here …

Gary Rosenblatt

Killing With Kindness

09/24/2013 - 20:00

Israeli and mainstream American Jewish leaders are deeply concerned, whether they say it publicly or not, that President Obama is being snookered by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive. And the stakes could not be higher.

Bringing Israelis Here Into The Community

09/23/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

A   place where the guy at the local falafel greets you with a “ma nishma?”(what’s new?); where the neighborhood Aroma Café feels like is like your living room as you browse through the day’s Haaretz or Yedioth; where the streets are filled with music from the local chapter of Tzofim (Israeli scouts); and where the cultural offerings range from an Idan Raichel performance to a community theater production of Moshe Samir’s “He Walked through the Fields” — only in Israel, right?

Eran Shayshon and Daphna Kaufman

That Bite From The Tree Of Knowledge

09/23/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 6:29 p.m. (Wed.); 7:28 p.m. (Thu.); 6:26 p.m. (Fri.)
Torah: Genesis 1:1-6:8
Haftarah: Isaiah 42:5-43:10
Havdalah: 7:25 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Too Close For Comfort In Nairobi

Tight-knit, eclectic Jewish community on edge.
09/22/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Nairobi, Kenya — As the terrorist attack enters its third endless day at Westgate, an upscale mall in the center of the city, with the death toll reaching 70, and the terrorists still holed up with an unknown number of hostages, I sit in my new home glued to the television and wondering just how on earth I ended up here.

This Nairobi synagogue is the center of an eclectic Jewish community. Photo courtesy Rebecca Schischa

Responding To Intermarriage

09/16/2013 - 20:00
(online comment)

In response to Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Not Too Late To Push In-Marriage?” (Sept. 13), [and Rabbi Jack Wertheimer’s call for aggressively advocating for in-marriage]: Does anyone seriously believe that a serious, committed Jew loses his or her commitment to Judaism because he or she intermarries?

Appreciates Rabbi Wolpe

09/16/2013 - 20:00
(online comment)

Regarding Rabbi David Wolpe’s Musings column, “The Road Taken” (Sept. 13): “What you are is God’s blessing given to you. What you make of yourself is your blessing given to God.”

I have never heard anything so comforting. Thank you for putting it that way. I get it now. This is one of the many reasons why Judaism is so wonderful.


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