Editorial & Opinion

Imposed Delays

12/20/2011

The South Wing to Zion advertisement (Dec. 16) about Ethiopian Jews being able to celebrate Chanukah with their families in Israel highlights a scandal of many years — keeping members of the Falash Mura community (modern-day Marranos) in deplorable and life-threatening conditions in Ethiopia, with a series of excuses as to why they cannot be brought to Israel.

Evangelical Friends zzz

12/20/2011

You and Rabbi Joshua Hammerman have brought shame on the Jewish people by printing his bigoted and stupid comments regarding Tim Tebow and Christians.
Evangelical Christians are the friends of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Are you the enemy of our friends, and a friend to our enemies? Shame on you.

Clearly Inadequate

12/20/2011

 The Jewish Week’s sincere apologies for posting and publishing the tasteless column on Tim Tebow by Rabbi Hammerman are all well and good but virtually useless. The rabbinic story tells us that careless words are like feathers scattered in the wind — impossible to re-collect.

Apologizing is clearly inadequate. Just imagine what you would do if a non-Jew had written the same column — only substitute “Jew” for “Christian” in the piece. Would you ever invite that person back? Hardly.

Baseless Hatred

12/20/2011

Rabbi Hammerman’s idiotic prediction [of what might happen if Tim Tebow’s team wins the Super Bowl] is devoid of substance, reason and evidence. The editor should have taken Rabbi Hammerman aside: “If you can’t provide evidence to substantiate your inflammatory assertion I won’t print it.”

Causing A Stir

12/20/2011

I must say it is pretty disappointing to see the Jewish community joining in on the hate Tim Tebow movement that is sweeping across this nation. He sure is causing quite a stir — going to church, not taking drugs, not having children out of wedlock and keeping his comments positive and supporting his team.
Sad you don’t practice what you preach.

On Tebow Column

12/20/2011

Rabbi Hammerman, we all make mistakes, but shame on you (“My Tim Tebow Problem,” Opinion, Dec. 23).

I would like to think that a man of God would keep his mouth shut about the personal opinions of a football player. I will pray for you and hope the Lord will grant you and I both a greater measure of wisdom and the ability to know when to keep our mouths shut.
May God bless and hold you close. In the name of Jesus I wish you the best.
 

The Times vs. Israel?

12/20/2011
Editorial

We have a long history of defending The New York Times in the face of criticism from many in our community that the paper of record has an anti-Israel bias. We have decried boycotts against the Times as foolhardy and ineffective, and in public panels and lectures we have sought to point out the distinctions between reporting that doesn’t conform to Jerusalem’s version of events and outright bias.

An Apology On Tebow Column

12/20/2011
Editorial

We apologize for publishing an Opinion column last week by Rabbi Joshua Hammerman entitled “My Problem With Tim Tebow,” the Denver Broncos quarterback who is an Evangelical Christian. The column, in fact, violated our own standards calling for civility in posting comments on our website. The policy statement notes that “name calling in any form will not be tolerated, and comments that denigrate any religion or Jewish religious stream will always be rejected.”

The column was removed from our website the day it was posted.

The Reconciliation Of Hellenism And Judaism

12/20/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:14 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 41:1–44:17; Numbers 7:30-41
Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Havdalah: 5:18 p.m.

Shlomo Riskin

Stop The Noise, Start The Work Of Improving Education

12/20/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Civil discourse and hands-on service, if done well, can lead to lasting positive change in the world. Rabid arguments, unleashed aggressively, will do the opposite.

For those on the extreme right of the Israeli-Palestinian argument, anyone who does not believe that the disputed land should be fully part of Israel is an anti-Zionist. For those on the far left, anyone who declines volunteering in a Palestinian village is a racist. And week after week, it seems one organization or another is derided for something as simple as planning a service trip to Israel.

Jon Rosenberg
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