Editorial & Opinion

New View Of Romemu And The Israel Question

06/05/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Can Jewish religious life be full and fulfilling with no connection to Israel? Must a connection to a concrete Israel live separate from synagogue worship? Should our religious rituals ignore Israel in any way other than the metaphorical, or should it accept that the establishment of the State of Israel affected not just Jews but also Judaism itself?

Creating Community

06/04/2013 - 20:00

Kudos to Ted Merwin and the Hillel directors implementing the Peer Network Engagement Initiative (“Jewish Identity, One On One,” Back Of The Book, April 26).

Hard Truths, Half Truths

06/04/2013 - 20:00

It is incredible that two Ivy League-educated individuals [Steven Povich and Axel Hufford] with “strong Jewish upbringings, including K-12 attendance at Jewish schools,” would be so lacking in their understanding of Jewish legacy and history (“Birthright Tells Only Half The Story,” May 17).

Wrong On Birthright

06/04/2013 - 20:00

Before criticizing Birthright Israel and embracing the biased narrative of J Street, the Opinion writers Axel Hufford and Steven Povich should take a “Birthright America” trip (“Birthright Tells Only Half The Story,” May 17). They might visit Native American reservations, where there is far more poverty and lack of medical care than they will find in the Palestinian Authority. They might find lots of places where the American story is far different than what they experience in Dartmouth or their own communities.

Technology In Education

06/04/2013 - 20:00

While no one will mistake the nearby day school or synagogue for the Google headquarters anytime soon, the Jewish educational world is starting to accelerate from the digital superhighway’s on- ramp to the middle lane.

Remembering Sen. Lautenberg: Public Servant And Jewish Leader

06/04/2013 - 20:00

The death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg this week is a loss for his family, for the nation and for the Jewish community. A member of the Senate for nearly three decades, an unapologetic liberal, a gruff legislator who was nonetheless described by his colleagues as a gentleman in an era when civility among partisans is increasingly becoming an anachronism, Sen. Lautenberg — at 89 the oldest member of the Senate — represented a historical memory that is hard to replace.

Shower The People You Love With Love

06/04/2013 - 20:00

Love is not solely a feeling, but an enacted emotion. We have to act out our love for it to be real, and yet we rarely ascribe our actions to good feelings. “I hit him because I was hurt,” is a commonplace; or, “I lied because I was scared.” But how often do we say, “I gave because I was grateful” or, “I helped out because I felt joyous?”

Rabbi David Wolpe

Culture War Widening

Israeli anger at haredim misplaced, some observers insist.
06/04/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Jerusalem — The phrase is familiar to the point of cliché: Israel is a Jewish and democratic state.

Gary Rosenblatt

Running On Empty

06/03/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Many of us remember Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty” as a theme song of adolescence. He created an image for us of moving blindly ahead on long, bleak expanses of highway and made it a metaphor about life. Today we might move from roads to treadmills, but the sentiment stays the same.

Erica Brown

The Top 50 Rabbis In The Desert

06/03/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:04 p.m.
Torah: Num. 16:1-18:32
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-64
Havdalah: 9:15 p.m.

A rabbi friend recently joked about the “Top 50 Rabbis in America.” He said he figures he is somewhere around 1,367; Rabbi No. 1364, he says, speaks better than he does, and Rabbi No. 1,368 has visited fewer sick people than he has, so he must be right in between them. He’s hoping that next year he’ll move up to the 1,350s, but who knows? As long as he’s in the Top 2,000, he says, he should be fine.

Abby Sosland
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