Editorial & Opinion

Belle Harbor Will Come Back

05/27/2013 - 20:00

Thank you for highlighting Belle Harbor, Queens, in your continued coverage of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy (“Families, Synagogues Still Reeling Seven Months After Hurricane Sandy,” May 24).

Off Base On Bris Ritual

05/27/2013 - 20:00

Jonathan Mark is way off target in his article “First Amendment Group Joins Bris Fight,” May 10. The author conflates true cases of anti-Orthodox sentiment, like opposition to the Tenafly eruv, with government intervention in a potentially life-threatening non-consensual practice in which an eight-day-old child may be an unwitting victim — metzitzah b’peh (oral suction).

The Talmudic rabbis instituted metzitzah b’peh as a medical practice to protect the child’s health, not as a ritual act. 

Shuls And Changing Demographics

05/27/2013 - 20:00

The May 10 article “Dying L.I. Synagogue Finds A, Well, Savior” certainly portrays a unique situation. As the demographics of the American Jewish community continue to change, you will see many more of these sort of “creative” endeavors.

Mountain Jews

05/27/2013 - 20:00

We were a wandering people but with a direction — headed toward a place. In his brilliant book, “Sinai and Zion,” biblical scholar Jon Levenson contrasts the legacy of the two mountains.  Sinai is the peak of the wilderness, the time of desert wandering. It was a miraculous time — plagues and revelations, splitting seas and early discoveries of God. 

Rabbi David Wolpe

ISO: New Image

Amenities like spruced-up train station draw Israelis to their City of Gold.
05/27/2013 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Jerusalem — On the night we arrived in Israel last week, my wife and I went for a stroll to see the newly renovated train station complex in the center of town.

Gary Rosenblatt

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
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