Editorial & Opinion

Gratitude To The Red Army

07/02/2013 - 20:00

 Regarding professor David A. Fishman’s enlightening Opinion piece (June 7) discussing “Our Debt To The Red Army: Now It Can Be Told.”

Hoffman Fan

07/02/2013 - 20:00

I appreciate Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman’s scholarly, sensitive and inspirational comments on the weekly Torah portion when they appear in The Jewish Week. 

Claims Conference Woes

07/02/2013 - 20:00

The shenanigans going on with the Claims Conference for Holocaust funds is reprehensible (“We Cannot Investigate Ourselves … And Expect To Resolve Doubts, June 7).

Futurist’s Predictions

07/02/2013 - 20:00

Gary Rosenblatt’s very helpful review of the new edition of “2048” by David Passig raises more than a few concerns (“Futurists Warning To Israel: Don’t Overreach,” May 17).

Olim And American Values

07/02/2013 - 20:00

In a letter to the editor in the May 31 issue, Alan Levin writes that Israel should deny equal treatment to the Reform and Conservative movements because most of their members “are olim [emigrants] from North America” and, he fears, have American values. He could not be more wrong.

Fan Of Wolpe’s ‘Musings’

07/02/2013 - 20:00

Rabbi David Wolpe’s “Musings” column is the best column in The Jewish Week. I love everything he writes, and I always read his “Musings” first.

Haredim Should Serve In The Army

07/02/2013 - 20:00

I do not believe there is any rational basis for one segment of society to not only assume the financial burden of supporting another segment, but the hardships of military service as well, simply because the recipients think it more important to study Torah (“Culture War Widening In Israel,” Between the Lines, June 7).

Feeling Another’s Pain

07/02/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In high school we read “Black Like Me,” an account of how John Howard Griffin, a reporter, had his skin artificially darkened so he might better understand the predicament of blacks in the South in the late 1950s. Can we understand another if we have not been in his position? Does a member of a ruling caste understand the humiliations of the oppressed, or does someone who has lived in difficulties understand the seductions and possibilities of wealth or power?

David Wolpe

American Jewry's 'Leadership Cliff'

We must ask not just 'Who will lead us,' but 'Where are we going?'
07/02/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Is the American Jewish community about to go over “the leadership cliff?"

Is the American Jewish community about to go over “the leadership cliff”?   That phrase, which appears in a sober new study by t

Time To Act On Agunot

07/02/2013 - 20:00

For many years advocates on behalf of agunot (observant Jewish women trapped in unwanted marriages) have sought to resolve the problem through their rabbis. And while many rabbinic authorities have expressed personal empathy and anguish for the plight of these women, the rabbis collectively have insisted that they are powerless in the face of halacha, or Jewish law, which says the husband has the absolute right to determine if and when to end a marriage.

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