Editorial & Opinion

BJ Rabbis Went Too Far

American Jews should express opinions about Israel with the humility of non-combatants.
12/09/2012 - 19:00

We American Jews get bent out of shape when we’re accused of dual loyalty. But the truth is many of us are guilty as charged when it comes to being proud Americans and supporting the people of Israel.

We should be proud, not ashamed of that fact.

And it’s also true that we give out mixed messages when we say American Jews should be unified in support of Israel, but that dialogue and debate between our two societies is a healthy sign of engagement, caring and passion.

Pillar Of Defense: NYU's Pro-Israel Student Group's Response

12/06/2012 - 19:00

When crisis overtook the Israel-Gaza border on November 14th, we, as New York University’s pro-Israel political organization, were committed to reaffirming our staunch support for the State of Israel. Our fellow students are aware of what we have accomplished, and we wish to inform the greater community as well.

At NYU, our organization is made up of 10 board members, 16 committee members, and over 200 active volunteers. Although our university contains over 19,000 undergraduate students, we maintain a vibrant and productive presence.

Progressive Rabbi: Bnai Jeshurun Colleagues Gave The Wrong Message

12/06/2012 - 19:00

Here is my message to my colleagues, the rabbis of B'nai Jeshurun:

I read with dismay your letter about the UN vote upgrading the Palestinian status to observer state, and your subsequent letter expressing regret for the feelings of alienation that it caused, but affirming the essence of your original message. 

More Than Meets The Eye

12/03/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

There is more to you than meets the eye. The same can be said for every person in the world, and every situation in which we find ourselves, be it personally, in our families, our communities, our nation or our world. 

Brad Hirschfield

Orthodox Racism?

12/03/2012 - 19:00

Ari Goldman’s quip that “Orthodox Jews live like Puerto Ricans and vote like billionaires” might be a bit off target (“Obama And The Orthodox Jews,’ Mixed Media, Nov. 30).

Misuse Of Labels

12/03/2012 - 19:00

One may safely leave it to The David Project, apparently, to confuse the issue by the convenient misuse of labels (“’Liberals’ And ‘Leftists’ Are Not The Same,” Opinion, Nov. 30).

One need not be on the left to believe that there is a measure of exploitation in imperialism, that wealth and poverty do in many cases stand in a causal relationship, and that Israel, especially through its current right-wing policies, causes needless additional Palestinian suffering. 

Cautious About New Schools

12/03/2012 - 19:00

As an alumnus of an “established” yeshiva day school, I was interested by your coverage of the experimental startup schools (“Lower Tuition School Model Spawning Imitators,” Nov. 23).

While I admire the noble goal of trying to address the tuition crisis through lower-cost education (putting more kids in classrooms, having fewer administrators, etc.), I didn’t see any evidence cited regarding the efficacy of the new technologies, especially in the realm of Judaic education.

Our Finest Hour

12/03/2012 - 19:00
Editorial

Dec. 7, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, lives in infamy. But Dec. 6, 1987 lives on, now having as glorious an afterlife as any of us could have imagined back on that bitterly cold day Sunday afternoon when 250,000 of us, from across the American continent, gathered in Washington, D.C., to rally and demand freedom for Soviet Jewry.

A Visit To North Carolina's ‘Jewish Exeter’

The American Hebrew Academy is impressive, yet has trouble attracting students.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

The boldest experiment in American Jewish high school education and leadership, unknown to most of us, is taking place on a beautiful 100-acre campus in Greensboro, N.C., that has to be seen to be believed.

Gary Rosenblatt

Defying Allies ‘As Time Goes By’

12/03/2012 - 19:00
Editorial

“Well,” we imagine Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telling his worried supporters this week, “we’ll always have Palau.”

It may well be true, but we’d rather have Paris.

Certainly we appreciate that in the United Nations vote that gave the Palestinian Authority (now “Palestine”) upgraded status last Thursday, the government of Palau cast one of nine votes in Israel’s favor. It’s just that we would have preferred the support of the European continent over the citizens of that small island in the Pacific, population 21,000.

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