Editorial & Opinion

Beyond Tikkun Olam: An Agenda For Tisha b’Av

07/15/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Tisha b’Av — the day of mourning for the loss of both Temples in Jerusalem and for the end of Jewish sovereignty until 1948 — is often marked by turning inwards, by examining the senseless hatred and other societal failures that the Talmud blames for the destruction and exile. (It fell earlier this week.) For some, this is a day to focus on tikkun olam (repairing the world) and to heed the words of the Prophets by protesting against corrupt leaders and injustice.

Gerald M. Steinberg

Halachic Template For Women’s Ordination Isn’t New

07/15/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Modern Orthodox Yeshivat Maharat’s investiture of three women as halachic and spiritual leaders has drawn rapturous praise from the non-Orthodox world, including the liberal Jewish press.  The ordination ceremony — attended by enthusiastic representatives of the progressive and Orthodox communities alike — has been acclaimed in print as “a landmark event in Jewish history” and “a revolution … to be praised and admired.”

Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg

Lamm’s Honesty

07/09/2013 - 20:00

I hope everyone has read Rabbi Norman Lamm’s entire letter [of his resignation as chancellor and rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva University]. It is an incomparable
example of honesty and humility, as well as a prescription for all of us to
follow.

Sacrificial Lamm

07/09/2013 - 20:00

The news headline of “Norman Lamm Cites Mistakes As He Retires from YU” (July 5) misleadingly implies that he retired because of mistakes he made, even though the text of the article makes it clear that the “mistakes” occurred more than three decades ago.

Questions For Rabbis

07/09/2013 - 20:00

Regarding your editorial, “Time To Act On Agunot” (July 3), you rightly conclude that “it is time to increase social pressure on our rabbis to find
a way to make agunot a problem solved, not one that continues to stain our
community.”

RCA Active On Agunot

07/09/2013 - 20:00

In your July 3 editorial, “Time To Act On Agunot,” you took the Rabbinical Council of America to task for failing to pass a resolution at our recent convention mandating sanctions upon those rabbis who do not make use of a halachic prenuptial agreement.

The Company You Keep

07/09/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Recent studies on college roommates suggest that our cognitive styles — whether we face adversity with optimism or despair — are not fixed. After only three months roommates influence each other: the resilient ones change the approach of the pessimists, and vice versa. Once more the ancient wisdom is reaffirmed: we are not only known, but shaped, by the company we keep.

Rabbi David Wolpe

UJA-Federation Makes Its Mark

07/09/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

For the last two decades, at least, there has been a widespread perception in some circles that Jewish federations were on their way to becoming dinosaurs, the victims of declining attachment to Jewish organizational institutions in general and centralized giving in particular, and accelerated by the serious decline in the economy. That may all be true in some communities, but not in New York, where UJA-Federation continues to set the standard not only for dollars raised but for exemplifying the kind of reach and depth that only a communal charity of its size and savvy can command.

Holding Hynes Accountable

07/09/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

With her persistent and meticulous reporting, Hella Winston has shed light in these pages not only on a number of egregious examples of sexual abuse in certain segments of the Orthodox community in Brooklyn, but on the troublesome actions, or non-actions, on the part of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, and his office, in dealing with the problem.

Help From Helmsley?

'The Queen of Mean' appointed a trustee who is passionate about supporting Israel.
07/09/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Not all of Leona Helmsley’s fortune went to the dogs.

Gary Rosenblatt
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