Editorial & Opinion

Sad Statement On Israel

05/10/2011
Riverdale

In his Between the Lines column, “Alienation From Israel Hitting Liberal Seminaries” (May 6), Gary Rosenblatt quotes Daniel Gordis as claiming that many future Conservative and Reform rabbis want Israel to live up to its ideals, but that his generation just wants Israel to survive. If this is an accurate quote, how sad. Obviously survival is always paramount. But survival and acting morally are not mutually exclusive.

Rabbi And Rabba

05/10/2011

As one of the two Academy for Jewish Religion graduates from last year who had asked to be ordained with the title of “rabba,” I wish to thank you for bringing to light an important issue in your article (“A New ‘Rabba’ In Riverdale,” April 29).

Rabbi And Rabba

05/10/2011

As one of the two Academy for Jewish Religion graduates from last year who had asked to be ordained with the title of “rabba,” I wish to thank you for bringing to light an important issue in your article (“A New ‘Rabba’ In Riverdale,” April 29).

Haredi Responsibility

05/10/2011

It is with some bafflement that I read the interview with Dr. Meir Wikler in the article “The Hareidim and Yom HaShoah” (N.Y. Minute, April 29).

Rabbis For Jacobs

05/10/2011

We are past presidents and leaders of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the largest and oldest rabbinical organization in the world. We are ardent Zionists, deeply committed to a Jewish democratic State of Israel in secure and recognized borders. Some of us identify ourselves with J Street, others with AIPAC and others with neither. However, one should not doubt the firm commitment of each of us to the welfare of the Jewish state and Jewish people. In that respect, we are typical of the broad spectrum of pro-Israel involvements that characterize the Reform movement.

Recognizing And Responding To Real Enemies

05/10/2011
Editor And Publisher

Some people in Europe and elsewhere are deeply disturbed that the U.S. Navy Seals on their secret mission in Pakistan last week killed an unarmed Osama bin Laden. But it didn’t matter to me whether he was fighting back or not at the time he was shot.

Gary Rosenblatt

Small Change, Big Change

05/10/2011

Great events can arise from small differences. In “Les Miserables,” Victor Hugo writes of the battle of Waterloo: “If it had not rained on the night of the 17th and 18th of June, 1815, the future of Europe would have been changed.”

Jewish Mothers Aren’t Tigers

05/10/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

A “Jewish” Haiku circulating on the Internet:

Testing the warm milk
on her wrist, she sighs softly
But her son is forty.

Francine Klagsbrun

Response To Delegitimization Starts From Within

05/10/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

The assault on Israel’s legitimacy has taken the Jewish people by surprise and driven a wedge between Israelis and many Jewish communities. Commonly referred to as delegitimization, the aim of the campaign is to deny the right of the Jewish people to self-determination and deny the right of the State of Israel to exist. Yet like most challenges, this one also presents a new opportunity: to reconnect across the dividing lines in our communities and to re-engage with Israel in new ways.

Gidi Grinstein

Number Our Days

05/10/2011

Shabbat Shalom
Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 7:46 p.m.
Torah readings: Lev. 25:1-26:2
Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6-27
Shabbat ends: 8:51 p.m.

Shlomo Riskin
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