Editorial & Opinion

Thrown To The Wolves

04/18/2011

The opinion piece by New Voices Editor Ben Sales sweeps under the rug the Israel-bashing that is an everyday occurrence in Middle East studies and political science classes and programs on campuses throughout the United States and Canada — as in the rest of the world, including (surprise?) Israel (“Campuses Are Safe For Pro-Israel Students,” April 1).

Chorus Against Israel

04/18/2011

The Arabs will never voluntarily accept Israel’s existence. From that perspective time was never on Israel’s side (“Time Is Not On Israel’s Side,” editor’s column, April 8).

HASC’s Mission

In 1963, disabled children had few school options available to them because of limited special education programs. HASC pioneered a program to service the needs of these special children (“HASC Staff Fighting Return Of Disgraced Exec,” April 15).

04/18/2011

From the start, the program, characterized by professionalism with a focus on each child’s and family’s individual needs, has blossomed into five schools located in Rockland County, Nassau County and Kings County and a camp school/summer program in upstate New York, serving the educational needs of 1,400 children from North America, Israel and Europe.

Our mission has been and continues to be, to build a brighter future for people with developmental disabilities.

J Street And The Haggadah

04/18/2011

It is indeed a sad day for Jewish Americans when rabbis find their freedom of the pulpit stifled because they question or disagree with Israeli government policy (“New Reform Head Walking Pro-Israel Tightrope,” April 8).

We would all do well this Passover season to remember that the seder begins with four questions. The Haggadah then relates the parable of the four sons: the wise, the wicked, the simple and the silent.

The UN Statehood Dead End

04/18/2011

You don’t have to work for a Middle East think tank or have a doctorate in international relations to understand that a Palestinian state created through unilateral action can never be anything resembling a real state — even if it is endorsed by the United Nations.

Understanding And Countering The Anti-Israel Narrative

04/18/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

I have given a lot of talks to Jewish groups on making the case for Israel, and there’s only one constant: people in the audience who think they have the argument that can, once and for all, obliterate the anti-Israel position.

With 25 years of experience, I’ve tried them all.  Rest assured there are no silver bullets. And those who tell you differently underestimate how difficult it is to alter a viewpoint, particularly one on the political left. 

U.S. Strategic Fatigue Worries Israel

04/18/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Israel needs a strong America, engaged and projecting power in the Middle East, especially at this time of great political instability. But what if the United States doesn’t want to lead? What if the U.S. is downsizing its involvement in the region? What if America is befuddled by a confused foreign policy prism? These would be troublesome developments.

A Holiday Of Impossibility

04/18/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Shabbat Shalom
Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 7:24 p.m. (Fri.); 7:26 p.m. (Sun.); after 8:29 p.m. (Mon.)
Torah Reading: Ex. 33:12-34:26 (Sat.); Ex. 8:17-15:26 (Mon.); Deut. 15:19-16:7 (Tue.), Num. 25:19-25 (Mon. & Tues.) 
Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:1-14 (Sat.); II Sam. 22:1-51 (Mon.); Isaiah 20:32-12:6 (Tue.)
Shabbat ends: 8:26 p.m.
Passover ends: 8:30 p.m. (Tues.)

Erica Brown

Pregnant Inmates Chained During Labor: On the Dignity of Childbirth

04/14/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Childbirth is one of the most sacred events of the human experience. All women deserve the dignity to give birth free of danger, restraint, or oppression. Unfortunately, this is not the case in America for inmates who are forced to go through labor in shackles - not metaphorical shackles; real ones.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Interfaith Haggadah

04/13/2011

Your N.Y. Minute (April 8) article on “Cokie and Steve’s Unity Haggadah” effectively communicates the rich tapestry of an interfaith marriage. Cokie, a Catholic, together with her Jewish husband, Steve Roberts, produces a Haggadah for the interfaith family that becomes the best-selling Haggadah on Amazon.com.

Such a marriage offers diversity of ideas for this Jewish holiday. The citations from Jesus, Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II certainly communicate that non-Jews (I know that Jesus was Jewish) also understand the meaning of freedom.

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