Editorial & Opinion

Kurtzer One-Sided

07/29/2013 - 20:00

When Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer embraces “advancing the peace process,” he means the same policy that has been the hallmark of the U.S. State Department for 46 years (“As Egypt Roils, Time For Israel To Pursue Peace Talks,” July 12). Never mind that it has failed on each occasion.

Simple Solution

07/29/2013 - 20:00

Regarding “Back To The Table, This Time With Kerry” (July 26): if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas can’t or won’t bring about a peace agreement, they
should be replaced by leaders who can and will.


Equal Obligations

07/29/2013 - 20:00

Gerald Steinberg, in his Opinion piece, “Beyond Tikkun Olam” (July 19), completely misrepresents Hillel’s famous dictum. Hillel said “If I
am not for me who will be for me and if I am only for me, what am I?” He
does not, as Steinberg says, enjoin us “first to be for ourselves, and then, with our security and survival in hand, to expand our commitment to people
who are outside the fold in need of assistance.” The two obligations are

Pyrrhic Victory For Haredi Chief Rabbis

07/29/2013 - 20:00

Ironically, the victory by the haredi candidates in last week’s once-a-decade election of the two chief rabbis in Israel may, in the long run, lead to a more liberal and open approach to religious life in the Jewish state.

Israelis Need A Gesture, Too

07/29/2013 - 20:00

It shouldn’t have to be said at this point, but let’s say it anyway: After too many wars, Israelis want nothing more than peace. One would be hard-pressed to think of any “gestures” for peace that Israel was asked to make that weren’t made, most recently this past week’s approval of the release of 104 Palestinian terrorists from Israeli jails.

An Open Letter To Frank Bruni

07/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Dear Mr. Bruni,

I hope this finds you well. Thank you for your memoir, “Born Round: A Story of Food, Family and a Ferocious Appetite.” I was not born round but have been successfully making my way to that shape for years. I admire your honesty and your discipline in discussing your weight struggles. On the food and family front, Jews and Italians have a lot in common. You do pasta. We do challah. It’s all carbs.

Erica Brown

Expressions Of The Heart

07/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:53 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 11:26-16:17
Haftarah: Isaiah 44:11-45:5
Havdalah: 8:56 p.m.

Shlomo Riskin

A Pitch To Report Cyber Hate

07/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the aftermath of Ryan Braun’s suspension from Major League Baseball for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, social media networks have witnessed an outpouring of impassioned commentary, including many anti-Semitic remarks made against Braun — nicknamed “The Hebrew Hammer” for his Jewish heritage.

Abraham H. Foxman

Advancing New Reasons To Ordain Orthodox Women

07/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The recent conferral of the title “maharat,” the equivalent of “rabbi,” to three Orthodox women has rekindled a long-standing debate within the Orthodox community about ordaining women.

Elli Fischer

The Chief Rabbinate: My Beloved Turned Away

07/28/2013 - 20:00

Twenty years ago, Israel's Chief Rabbinate, which was founded by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the father of religious Zionism, was taken over by the ultra-Orthodox world view. This past week, with the election of two haredi Chief Rabbis, it emerged that ultra-Orthodox control of the Chief Rabbinate is going to continue for the next decade. This is a failure on three levels: political, religious, and cultural.

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