Editorial & Opinion

Balancing Memory And Reality

10/09/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

This has been the season of remembrances. Twice in the past few weeks we have recited the Yizkor prayer in the synagogue in memory of relatives and friends no longer with us. And throughout the holy days the liturgy concentrated on our need — and God’s — to remember. We remembered our deeds, prayed for forgiveness and hoped for God’s selective memory to see the good in us and not the bad.

Francine Klagsbrun

Is Pluralism A False Hope

10/09/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I’ve had many experiences in Jewish pluralistic settings, including social and prayer programs and camps, so I thought I was prepared to lead a pluralistic service trip for American Jewish teens this past summer. But I was in for an unpleasant surprise, one that has shaken my beliefs about religious tolerance among our own people.

Shifra Mincer

Rollercoaster To The World’s Creation

10/09/2012 - 20:00

Shabbat Shalom
Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:02 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 1:1-6:8
Haftarah: Isaiah 45:5-43:10
Havdalah: 6:59 p.m.  

Shlomo Riskin

What Happened to Bipartisan US Support for Israel?

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Wed, 10/03/2012 - 20:00

Agunah Problem

10/02/2012 - 20:00

Regarding “A Way To Solve The Agunah Problem,” (Opinion, Sept 21), I am a little surprised that the authors did not mention the Rabbinical Council of America’s halachically correct and widely accepted pre-nuptial agreement created by Rabbi Mordechai Willig of Riverdale.

It dates back to the early 1990s and serves the exact function described in this article. Many Orthodox rabbis will not perform a marriage without having this document signed by the chassan [groom].

There is no need to reinvent the wheel in this case.

If You Build It, It May Fall

Every sukkah has a story. Some guys remember fondly every car they’ve owned. I can get misty about every sukkah in my life.
10/02/2012 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

When it comes to hardware stores, you can count me as a One-Day-A-Year Jew — and that day occurs just before the holiday of Sukkot, when I focus on putting up our family sukkah in the backyard. Thank God it only has to stand for eight days.

Part of the wonderful rhythm of the High Holy Days season is that we go directly from the cerebral solemnity of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur to the hands-on, harvest-inspired, outdoor-focused festival of Sukkot, recalling the wanderings of the ancient Israelites in the desert those 40 long years.

Gary Rosenblatt

Admirer Of Yossele Rosenblatt

10/02/2012 - 20:00

As a great admirer and collector of Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt’s recordings, I leaped with great pleasure when I read the first paragraph of Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Rosenblatt, Yes. But Not That Rosenblatt,” Sept. 14.

Calling Out Netanyahu

10/02/2012 - 20:00

Thank you to Gary Rosenblatt for his balanced column, “As Iran Crisis Mounts, Humility Is In Order” (Sept. 21).

Mixing Into Politics

10/02/2012 - 20:00

In the “Who’s Creating ‘Daylight’ Now?” (Sept. 28), Rabbi Eric Yoffie, immediate past president of the Union for Reform Jewry, is quoted as saying: “The cardinal rule of American-Israeli relations is that neither country interferes in the national elections of the other.” Really? 

Biased Assessment On Metzitzah

10/02/2012 - 20:00

I must respond to a biased assessment by Hella Winston in her article, “Metzitzah Arguments Seen Taking Shape” (Sept. 28). She is clearly wrong both on the constitutional and substantive grounds.

First of all, Winston points to the Prince case, decided back in 1944. Since that time however, the Supreme Court has decided Yoder v. Wisconsin and the Santeria cases, which broaden the rights of individuals and families to make religious-based decision without interference from the state.

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