Editorial & Opinion

Celebrating Israel’s Parade

05/27/2013 - 20:00

Strange, how so many Israelites could witness the miracles of the Exodus and yet have been disillusioned enough to want to return to Egypt. How could they not have been in a constant state of joy and optimism, realizing their place in sacred history?

Day Schools For All Children

05/27/2013 - 20:00

About 15 years ago, Meredith Polsky co-founded Matan, a nonprofit that advocates for the right of Jewish students with disabilities to receive a Jewish education.

Slandering The Promised Land

05/27/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:02 p.m.
Torah: Num. 13:1-15:39
Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24
Havdalah: 9:10 p.m.

Speech is powerful. In the Bible, unchecked speech can foment punishment, exile, even death. Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses in last week’s parsha, and this week the Miraglim (the 12 scouts/spies) speak against the Promised Land.

Sandra E. Rapoport

Orthodox Women Reach A Milestone

Maharot will perform virtually all the same pastoral and spiritual functions as male rabbis, plus some.
05/27/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Orthodox women are making history in front of our eyes. On June 16, three women will be ordained to serve, in effect, as Orthodox rabbis, given the title of Maharat (an acronym for the Hebrew words meaning leader in legal, spiritual and Torah matters).

Zelda R. Stern and Elana Maryles Sztokman.

Jewish Day Camps: The Choice For Families

05/27/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Spring is here and it’s time to dream and plan for summer. 

No, we haven’t been dreaming about the beach or surfing the Internet for exotic destinations; our sights are much closer to home.

Melanie Schneider and Jill Mendelson

Jewish Composers: As American As Apple Pie

Reflections For Jewish American Heritage Month
05/27/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Each time I hear “There’s a place for us” – the stirring plea for tolerance and acceptance sung by the ethnically mismatched lovers of “West Side Story” — I am reminded that it pinpoints a Jewish sensibility that influenced the show’s composer and lyricist. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s musical about prejudice transformed Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into an American classic.

"West Side Story" showed a composer's Jewish sensibility about prejudice.

Honoring Sen. Frank Lautenberg

05/23/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Love of country, love of Jewish community and love of Israel. Those have been driving forces for Frank Lautenberg, who is nearing the end of his career in the United States Senate, and they are the qualities that make an upcoming tribute by the Jewish community something I am proud to commemorate.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg

Bangladesh: We Must Prevent Future Industrial Disasters

05/23/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Over 700 Bangladeshis have tragically died in the collapse of a building housing several garment factories. It appears that the owners of the Rana Plaza factory building had illegally added three floors to the structure and installed generators and machines that caused the vibrations that led to its collapse. While this is the highest death toll in a single garment factory, the death of workers in this region is not uncommon, as hundreds of Bangladeshi garment workers, women and men, have been badly burnt, suffocated or crushed to death.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Unclear Role Of AJCongress

05/21/2013 - 20:00

It is particularly troubling that the initial goals of AJCongress have become marginalized or uncertain (“Is AJCongress Jack Rosen’s One-Man Show?” May 10).

In Praise Of Women Clergy

05/21/2013 - 20:00

As an addendum to your recent coverage on the upcoming graduation ceremony of
the first graduates of Yeshivat Maharat, and reactions in the Orthodox
community, please note the statement issued several weeks ago by the
International Rabbinic Fellowship, the Modern Orthodox rabbinical
organization based in New York City.

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