Editorial & Opinion

E-Rate Praise

03/19/2013 - 20:00

Yasher ko’cha’chem (congratulations to you) for having the integrity and courage to both write and publish the article (“Internet-Averse Haredi Schools Reaping Millions In Federal Tech Funds”) that appeared in the Feb. 22 issue. While the article may generate schadenfreude for some,

Offended By Purim Ad

03/19/2013 - 20:00

The ugliness and spitefulness of your Rubashkin cartoon in the Purim spoof (Feb. 22) beggars the language. How shocking and obscene that The Jewish Week finds humor in the intense suffering of a fellow Jew. The baseness and moral turpitude it reveals is deeply disheartening. In the end it is your own image you have irreparably trashed.

Pope Francis And Pius Archives

03/19/2013 - 20:00

During the current era of warming Jewish-Catholic relations, initiated in 1978 by the late Pope John Paul II and continued by the recently retired Benedict XVI, some dividing points between the Jewish and Catholic communities surfaced. Among them were the resurrected Latin Mass that calls for the conversion of the Jews, and the lifting of a Holocaust-denying priest’s excommunication.

The Bitter And The Sweet

03/19/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The classical explanation for breaking a glass at the end of the wedding is to recall the destruction of Jerusalem. As the glass is broken, everyone screams out, “Mazel Tov!” There is something peculiar, not only about recalling an historic tragedy at that exact moment, but also shouting for joy just as it is recalled.

David Wolpe

We Talk A Good Game

03/19/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

http://www.russellberriefoundation.org/initiative_jr_ujafederation.phpHow much, if any, cooperation and collaboration can there be — or should there be — among Reform, Conservative and Orthodox communities, starting with their rabbis?

Gary Rosenblatt

The Fifth Child

03/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On Passover we read about the Four Children, each of whom approaches the seder experience from a different angle. We are called upon to explain the Exodus story in the manner most developmentally appropriate for each child.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Prayer As Performance Art

03/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat/Pesach candles: 6:52 p.m.
(Fri.); 6:54 p.m. (Mon.); 7:54 p.m. (Tue.)
Torah: Lev. 6:1-8:36
Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-24
Havdalah: 7:52 p.m.
Last Chometz: 10:57 a.m. (Mon.)

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Woman, Mom, Rabbi: You Can Have It All

03/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When I was a junior in high school I wrote a term paper on mothers who work outside of the home. I cannot believe that 20 years later, we are still having similar conversations. Between Melissa Mayer’s controversial declaration that employees of Yahoo may not have the option to telecommute, and the publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s upcoming book, “Lean-In,” the conversations continue not far from where they left off from last summer.

Rabbi Rachel Ain

Fighting Back -- And Fighting Good

One part of the reporting I did for the story in this week’s Yom HaShoah issue, about medical resistance during the Holocaust, how physicians and nurses and other members of the putative healing professions took a stand against Nazi genocide, sounded familiar.

I grew up hearing a story along these lines – but in this case, how some doctors in Nazi Germany did not stand up.

Dr. Cheyenne Martin: Teaching about doctors who honored their profession

A More Balanced Picture

New and authentic films will counter Israel's negative image.
03/13/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

I was relieved and not at all disappointed last month when neither of the Israeli entries for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards came home with the prize. I felt badly that the two films representing Israel, “The Gatekeepers” and “5 Broken Cameras,” cinematically compelling as they were, took aim at the country’s alleged faults rather than its miraculous accomplishments, sending a skewed message around the world.

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