Editorial & Opinion

Bright Future For Lincoln Square

01/22/2013 - 19:00

In “Lincoln Square Gamble: If You Build It Will They Come?” (Jan. 4), Gary Rosenblatt dwells on Lincoln Square Synagogue’s economic woes and shrinking membership and quotes a City University sociology professor who concludes that unless LSS does everything right the odds are against its future success.

Strong Commitment Endures

01/22/2013 - 19:00

Although we cannot speak for all of the organizations that Rabbi Steve Moss mentions in his interview, “Standing by Suffolk in Good Times and Bad,” (Jan. 4),

Being In The ‘Now’

01/22/2013 - 19:00

Rabbi David Wolpe’s Musings column, which I usually thoroughly enjoy, missed the mark by a wide margin (“The Power Of Now,” Jan. 4).

‘Gray Areas’ Of Behavior

01/22/2013 - 19:00

Regarding Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “What I’ve Learned Since Lanner” (Jan. 11), and his reference to “gray areas”: We have learned many things over the years about people such as his examples who engage in “inappropriate behavior.” They are persistent, they rarely change this behavior and our not knowing whether they have actually stepped over the line into criminal behavior is no proof that they have not.

None of the people referenced could be legally hired to be a New York City public school teacher. Why do we think the Jewish community deserves less security?

Silence Of The Rabbis

01/22/2013 - 19:00

In his Jan. 11 column, Gary Rosenblatt mused about what he, having broken the Baruch Lanner abuse story in 2000, has learned from the subsequent fallout over the past decade (“What I’ve Learned Since Lanner”).

Today, as we are confronted by perhaps an even more egregious scandal at Yeshiva University, the one question that has not been asked is what have our communal leaders, especially rabbis, learned about how to deal with this type of nightmarish behavior and why have many been silent?

Over time there remains a silent majority who stand around and collect their paychecks without so much as offering any comforting words, let alone taking action against the perpetrators. One rabbi in Bergen County, N.J.,

Bibi’s Choice: Work With Or Defy Obama

01/22/2013 - 19:00
Editorial

With a new Congress convening as Israel holds its national elections, it’s hard to miss the parallel narratives taking place in Washington and Jerusalem, and particularly between the Republican Party here and the dominant Likud Party there.

Sharansky’s New Mission: Impossible?

Tasked with resolving the issue of women's prayer at the Western Wall, the Jewish Agency head has a tough job.
01/22/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Natan Sharansky, chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, was in New York for a quick two-day trip last week, meeting with a variety of American Jewish leaders on his newest assignment: seeking to resolve the conflict between women who want to hold prayer services at the Western Wall in Jerusalem and traditionalists who oppose them on religious grounds.

Gary Rosenblatt

Another Inspirational And Marred Inaugural

01/21/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I have complained about Presidential Inaugurals for years, and I have finally decided to write the letter--my own, as it were, “Inaugural Address”. I love watching the inauguration of our presidents; I’m awed by the pageantry and inspired by words that invariably invoke the best of what this country is, was and strives to become. Through speeches and poetry and song, I am reminded of the enduring nature of our founding documents, which contain lofty notions that transcend even the humanity and wisdom of the authors themselves--notions of inclusion, community and freedom that have served us for more than two hundred years.

Stan Musial And Me

01/21/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The baseball great Stan Musial passed away this week and, with his passing, a piece of my past died, as well.

Allow me to explain. I am named after my great-grandfather, Shmuel Aryeh Poplack. For some reason, however, my father did not like the name Samuel, the corresponding English name for Shmuel.

Rabbi Shmuel Goldin

The Real Story Behind Tu b’Shvat

01/21/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In many Jewish communities, there is a custom to eat dried fruit from the Land of Israel on Tu b’Shvat (the 15th of Shvat). It marks the “New Year” for the fruit of the trees, and this year it falls on Jan. 26.

Elli Fischer
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