Editorial & Opinion

The Theological Value of Privacy

06/27/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

In recent years, debates about the right to privacy have emerged stronger than ever. Especially in light of last week’s events, there are political issues to explore, but we all also have our own introspective work to do to grow in our own sense of modesty (tzniut).

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Israel Advocacy: Please Move Forward

06/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

At this time of year our thoughts turn towards Jerusalem as we mark the “Three Weeks,” leading up to the Fast Day of Tisha B’Av when we mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.

Paula Jacobs is a writer, teacher, and consultant in the Boston area.

Meeting Pope Francis, And Tending The Interfaith Garden

06/25/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Rome — When Pope Francis was first introduced to the world from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, it was immediately obvious that he was a man of great humility who had not expected he would be staying in Vatican City after the papal conclave. The warm, unassuming and unscripted pope described in the media is the same person we met for his first audience with Jewish leaders. Pope Francis, who has an extensive background in Catholic-Jewish relations, put his visitors at ease with his familiarity.

Noam E. Marans

The Success Of Failure

06/25/2013 - 20:00

There is no achievement without obstacles and no triumph without reversals. Failure, said Churchill, is not fatal. He would know: Although we reckon Churchill an astounding success, he was voted out of office and despondent in the years before becoming prime minister of England. Reflecting on the fact that he lost his place in Parliament while he was in the hospital, he wrote: “In the twinkling of an eye, I found myself without an office, without a seat, without a party, and without an appendix.”

Rabbi David Wolpe

Fan Of Wolpe’s ‘Musings’

06/25/2013 - 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.

Olim And American Values

06/25/2013 - 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.

Haredim Should Serve In The Army

06/25/2013 - 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).

Europe, Japan Troop Levels

06/25/2013 - 20:00

David E. Fishman’s otherwise fine article in the June 7 issue (“Our Debt To The Red Army: Now It Can Be Told”) was marred by an egregious factual error.

World War II Troop Levels

06/25/2013 - 20:00

It was disconcerting to read, on the anniversary of D-Day, David E. Fishman’s
statement that in World War II “most of America’s armed forces were dedicated to the
war against Japan in the Pacific,” and were not in Europe (“Our Debt To The Red Army: Now It Can Be Told,” June 7).

Another View Of Immigration Reform

06/25/2013 - 20:00

Rabbi Seth M. Limmer presents a liberal viewpoint on immigration reform (“Immigration Reform Is A Moral And Religious Duty,” May 24) based upon a need for justice. Where is the justice for the
people who waited until they had legitimate visas to come to this country?

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