Editorial & Opinion

Crossing ‘Red Lines’

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

President Barack Obama boxed himself into a corner a year ago when he said the use of chemical warfare in the Syrian conflict would be a “red line” that would require a strong response. Now that time has come.

The Dreams Of Rosh HaShanah

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

It’s the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech; the 100th anniversary of Menachem Begin’s birth; and the 5,774th anniversary of God’s dream and Adam’s birth. All are worthy of being “dipped in honey” this week on Rosh HaShanah.

One Bit Of Good News From This Summer Of Scandals

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I keep hearing my grandfather’s voice in my head: “Oy. This is bad for the Yidden” — this is bad for the Jews. This has been the summer of Jewish communal folly. The heads of two very significant communal institutions — Sol Adler at the 92nd Street Y and Willie Rapfogel at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty — were fired in the last few week because of serious scandals. Add that to the Claims Conference scandal and what you get makes this Spitzer/Weiner New York hot and blustery summer a terrible one for the Jews. It’s been a man bites dog summer.

Misha Galperin

Losing The Battle Here To Keep Russian Jews Jewish

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The warning signs came early this season, Jewish-themed post cards with veiled messianic references arriving in mailboxes throughout the Brighton Beach neighborhood.

Mordechai Tokarsky

Scrolling Through Life

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:28 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30
Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9
Havdalah: 7:25 p.m.

Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg

God’s Gatekeepers: Signs Of Progress?

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Everybody knows the war is over

Everybody knows the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

-- Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows”

A bitter irony of Israel’s recent election of two new chief rabbis is that the only group that really cared about it lost – again.

How Jewish GIs Observed Rosh Hashanah In World War II

08/24/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

By the end of World War II, some 550,000 American Jewish men and women had served in the military forces from the South Pacific to the European theater.

Not Enough Progress By Rabbis, Leaders On Dealing With Sexual Abuse

08/22/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The time for serious vigilance of child abuse in the Modern Orthodox Jewish community is long overdue. It is time that lay and religious communal leaders have zero tolerance for child abusers and cease to cover up, enable, or protect them.

Recalling Jewish Labor’s Role In The Historic March On Washington

08/22/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., for a political rally known as the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom."

Stuart Appelbaum

Peace Talks Are Futile

08/20/2013 - 20:00

If one takes Gary Rosenblatt’s view (Editor’s column, July 26) that the “Palestinian problem is not going away” and “if two-state solution fails, no good options remain”, then Israel should just capitulate now. There is no need for nine months or nine hours of negotiation. Israel should just agree to all the Palestinian demands now.

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