Editorial & Opinion

The Pope And Jewish Communal Professionals: Staying Too Long?

The Need for Term Limits!
03/05/2013 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I have been involved with many institutions where someone clearly overstayed his or her welcome in a certain position. That person should have retired, transitioned, or resigned years (maybe even decades) earlier, but found ways to maneuver such that he or she could stick around, with the majority of folks involved in the organization becoming deeply resentful and the organization itself having its growth stunted.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

David Hartman’s Legacy To Jewish Life, Religious Thought

03/04/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Says the Talmud: the righteous (tzadikim) loom even larger after death than in their lifetimes. This must prove that David Hartman was a tzaddik (he would scoff at any attempt to apply this label to him).

Yitz Greenberg

When God Dwells In Our Midst

03/04/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:36 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 35:1­ 40: 38; 12:1-20
Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18
Havdalah: 6:36 p.m.

Shlomo Riskin

BDS Threat Is To Israel’s Legitimacy, Not Free Speech

03/04/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When I was a student at Brooklyn College, eons ago, the subjects of free speech and academic freedom were tied into the country’s mortal fear of Communism. One of the most heated issues on campus centered on the firing of Harry Slochower, a well-known professor of German and comparative literature.

Francine Klagsbrun

JCPA Tables Gay Marriage Resolution

Striving for consensus, public affairs council honors OU's objection.
03/03/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

There are two resolutions up for proposal at the two-day annual policy plenum of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), starting Sunday in Washington, D.C. One advocates for fair pay, and the other for gun control. But the talk among the delegates will be about a third resolution that won’t be on the agenda.

The Golden Calf: Sin And Redemption

02/25/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:28 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 30:11-34:35; Num. 19:1-22
Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-38
Havdalah: 6:28 p.m.

Rivka Kahan

How Do We Relate To Morally Difficult Texts In Jewish Tradition?

02/26/2013 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

We have all become familiar with the tactics of bigots who distort our religious beliefs or make up horrible lies to advance their hatred. Fortunately, most people in our pluralistic society recognize and reject these tactics.

But how would we respond to a skeptic who points to the morally troubling verse, “When...the Lord your God delivers them to you and you defeat them, you must utterly doom them to destruction: grant them no terms and give them no quarter” (Deut. 7:1-2)?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Two Concerns

02/26/2013 - 19:00

Please let me state my objections to two of your articles.

Birthrate Worries

02/26/2013 - 19:00

Rabbi Simcha Weinstein’s message that Jews should be prolific (“Rabbi To Readers: Be Fruitful And Multiply,” A N.Y. Minute, Feb. 15) should be directed particularly to non-Orthodox Jews.

The Kotel Is A Synagogue

02/26/2013 - 19:00

Regarding “Jailed For Davening” (A N.Y. Minute, Feb. 22): The desire of women and members of non-Orthodox communities to engage in prayer at the Kotel [Western Wall] is complex. I was a young yeshiva student in 1988 and recall being present when the Women of the Wall first began their monthly assembly.

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