Editorial & Opinion

Poor Choices


Eeman Abuasi of the Palestinian Club condemns future generations of Israelis and Palestinians to fighting by the so-called anti-normalization stance. (“Anti-Israel Rhetoric Raises Alarms At Brooklyn College,” Dec. 17)

Disturbing Articles


I am deeply disturbed by a couple of recent articles in The Jewish Week that examine the views of American Jews toward Israel. First, Peter Beinart expresses a viewpoint in his interview with Eric Herschthal (“Liberal Zionism’s Champion,” Nov. 26) that is far from the liberal Zionism he claims to ascribe to. Mr. Beinart claims Israel is not a democracy outside the 1967 borders. However, Israel has no military presence in Gaza, and its military presence in the West Bank is necessary for the protection of Jews living in it.

Israel’s Occupation


I have always found Gary Rosenblatt’s columns to be informative, well reasoned and sound. Unfortunately, his Dec. 10 column, “Why I Don’t Share Beinart's Pessimism,” is a disappointment in that it leaves out the horrendous details of Israel's occupation.

The pro-Israel American community and decades of Israeli propaganda have set very narrow parameters of what the American media can report on Israel.

The Post-High School Year in Israel


Rabbi Zierler's excellent letter ("Pull The Plug on Gap Year In Israel," Nov. 26) brought to mind the forums on the post-high school year in Israel held at Mount Airy Lodge (in the Poconos) during the years when there was a Passover program at that hotel. Although my daughter was at the time too young to spend a year in Israel, I attended these forums because I observed that the "gap year" had become de rigueur, and I questioned whether, for a variety of reasons, all Jewish teens should devote a year to intensive study in Israel.

Gender Gap


I read with interest Tamar Snyder’s article on the “Jewish Community’s $20,000 Gender Gap” (Dec. 3) about women not holding top professional positions in the Jewish community. I have been very troubled about this for many, many years.

American And Israeli College Students: A Missed Opportunity

Special To The Jewish Week

At a time of great concern about young American Jews identifying positively with Israel, study-abroad programs in Israel for U.S. college students should be a great benefit. But while these opportunities provide exposure to Hebrew language skills and immersion in Israeli society, they also foster a disconnect. The fact is that diaspora and Israeli students rarely meet in the classroom.

The Divine Design Behind The Ten Plagues


Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:19 p.m.
Torah reading: Exodus 6:2--9:35
Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21
Havdalah: 5:22 p.m.


‘By this you will know that I am the Lord: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood.” [Exodus 7:17]

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Israel And The Challenges Of Peoplehood

Special To The Jewish Week

‘Don’t you understand? If there were a war in America against the Jews, I’d fight for you. The people of Sderot — they are our people. We are one people.”

Those words came from Yotam, an Israeli soldier who silenced a room of 40 Birthright participants from Long Island. Following a visit to Sderot, many were ambivalent about having to spend time in a place that had faced rocket attacks just recently.

The Kissinger “Gas Chambers” Debacle – A Post Mortem

Special to the Jewish Week

'Twas the day before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except, of course, Henry Kissinger’s publicists and strategists who decided that the slowest news day of the year was the perfect time for him to apologize, sort of, for telling Richard Nixon in 1973 that “if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”

The Rental Controversy In Israel: A Time For Bold, Ethical Halachic Decision-Making

Special to the Jewish Week

Much has already been written about the letter signed by dozens of communal rabbis in Israel proscribing Jewish residents from renting or selling property to gentiles on halachic grounds. It is clear from the context of the controversy that the motivation behind this provocative step is the concern for the demographic makeup of neighborhoods in the north of Israel, fueled by the fear of a concerted effort to undermine Jewish majorities in those locales.

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