Editorial & Opinion

The Power Of Sharing

04/09/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Cultural references were once shared. Now, with the explosion and profusion of media, we no longer watch the same shows or listen to the same music.

David Wolpe

Sharansky Urges Equal Prayer At Wall

Historic plan seen as victory for pluralism; ‘one Western Wall for one Jewish people.’
04/09/2013 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Charged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come up with a Solomonic solution to the growing controversy over women’s prayer at Judaism’s holiest site, Natan Sharansky, the chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, is prepared to recommend a bold plan to allow any and all Jews to pray at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Gary Rosenblatt

Hate Speech Has No Place in a Synagogue

04/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

We write as rabbis devoted both to our faith community and to human rights for all peoples.  We were disheartened to learn that the Great Neck Synagogue has invited Pamela Geller to speak on April 14. Geller has a long track record of hateful and virulently anti-Muslim views that seek to divide American Muslims and Jews, rather than unite them.

Rabbi Michael White and Rabbi Jerome Davidson

The Intricacies Of Forbidden Speech

04/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:13 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 12:1-15:33
Haftarah: II Kings 7:3-20
Havdalah: 8:15 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Israel At 65: Celebrating Is Not Enough

04/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

All eyes were on President Obama in Israel last month as he visited Mount Herzl and Yad Vashem. Watching the moving images of the president visiting the graves of Rabin and Herzl, and the adjacent Holocaust memorial, I wondered how aware he was of the fact that the mountain he was on has a very deliberate architecture: At the mountain’s apex rests Herzl’s grave, surrounded by the graves of Israel’s past leaders.

Rabbi Mishael Zion

Prayers From the Holocaust Beyond Yom HaShoah

04/03/2013 - 20:00
Special To the Jewish Week

One of the reasons why Cantor Azi Schwartz, our cantor at Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan, is one of the foremost cantors of our day is his refusal to allow Jewish liturgy to become rote or be set in a stifling ritual straightjacket.

The Real Question To Pose

04/03/2013 - 20:00

In his March 29 column (“Who’s To Say How Funders Spend Their Money?”), Gary Rosenblatt selectively covered a moment in a panel discussion that I was a part of at the recent Jewish Funders Network Conference.

Assessing Birthright Value

04/03/2013 - 20:00

Regarding the story “Who’s To Say How Funders Spend Their Money?” (Between the Lines, March 29) — how can Birthright’s success be measured? It is not a religious trip, it presents one side of Israel, and there’s no follow-up obligation.

Preventing Abuse

04/03/2013 - 20:00

I want to commend David Cheifetz for “coming out” as a victim of childhood sex abuse in a Jewish institution and on his significant and practical imperatives for minimizing the likelihood of our children becoming victims in the future (“Sharing The Secret That’s Haunted My Soul,” March 29).

Admit There Is A Problem

04/03/2013 - 20:00

David Cheifetz, who wrote that he was sexually abused at summer camp and then made to feel he was to blame (“Sharing The Secret That’s Haunted My Soul,” March 29), rightly asks us in the Orthodox community, “How many rabbis have raised their voices to increase awareness or called for fundamental change?” 

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