Editorial & Opinion

Is Mideast Peace Possible?

03/10/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

 The announcement of President Obama's forthcoming visit to Israel and the Palestine Authority in March presents an opportunity to review the status of the Peace Process between Israel and the P.A.  Right now the peace process is in a state of repose.  Both sides say they seek renewal of negotiations, but only Israel has offered to negotiate face to face on all issues without preconditions.

Kenneth J. Bialkin

The Real Miracle

03/05/2013 - 19:00

For many people, when tragedy strikes, faith is challenged. But as the late David Hartman wrote: “If one’s whole sense of the life of faith depends upon a miracle-based conception of providence and the biblical promises of reward and punishment, then one risks exchanging God for alternative sources of well-being and security. The fundamental issue in the battle against idolatry is to prevent this from happening.”

David Wolpe

Dilution Of Conversion Standards

03/05/2013 - 19:00

Rabbi Elliott Cosgrove is not wrong to seek new approaches to the problem of intermarriage, but like many, he fails to acknowledge the dilution of standards that has led to the high rate of interfaith marriage within Conservative Judaism in the first place (“Time to Rethink Conversion Policy,” Editorial, March 1).

Hagel Should Be Opposed

03/05/2013 - 19:00

The editorial board of The Jewish Week should be ashamed for not opposing the appointment of Sen. Chuck Hagel. Not to fight the elevation of an anti-Semite and a harsh critic of Israel to secretary of Defense is unforgiveable.

E-Rate Praise

03/05/2013 - 19:00

Yasher ko’cha’chem (congratulations to you) for having the integrity and courage to both write and publish the article (“Internet-Averse Haredi Schools Reaping Millions In Federal Tech Funds”) that appeared in the Feb. 22 issue.

Purim Jokes Go Too Far

03/05/2013 - 19:00

Purim is one of my favorite holidays, and I love the tradition of the Purim shpiel and Purim Torah making nonsense out of normally staid or even somewhat holy topics.

Praise For E-rate Series

03/05/2013 - 19:00

Mazel Tov on your investigation and article around the alleged E-rate scam (“Internet-Averse Haredi Schools Reaping Millions In Federal Tech Funds,” Feb. 22, “How Do Haredi Schools Get All That E-rate Money?” March 1).

Backs Tolerant Conversion Approach

03/05/2013 - 19:00

Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove’s exploration of the idea of offering to convert someone prior to a marriage to a Jewish partner, and before a year-long course of study, is both commonsensical and profoundly Jewish (“Time to Rethink Conversion Policy,” Editorial, March 1).

Struggling With Conversion Issue

03/05/2013 - 19:00

I am writing regarding your editorial, “Time to Rethink Conversion Policy” (March 1), and Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove’s “thinking out loud” about the conversion policies of the Conservative movement.

Mood Shift At AIPAC

03/05/2013 - 19:00

Much has been written, here and elsewhere, about what was said at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington this week, attended by some 13,000 delegates, clearly the biggest pro-Israel gathering of its kind.

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