Editorial & Opinion

Global Unity Or Chaos?

A Special Report From The World Economic Forum

Jewish Week Online Columnist

I have returned to Switzerland this week as the Rabbinic Representative to join global partners and interfaith leaders at the World Economic Forum. Here, we continue to plan the annual gathering in Davos this winter and to think-tank the greatest moral, economic, and political issues of our time.

Rabbi Shmuley Yanklowitz

Under Rocket Fire From Gaza: A First-Hand Experience

Perry Davis Western media paid little attention to the 100 rockets fired into Israel from Gaza over a four-day period in late August, when 500,000 people were repeatedly forced to take shelter.  However, my family and I experienced the attacks first-hand, felt the terror and came away with a searing memory and a clear sense of what has become commonplace to so many. 

Bracing For September At The UN


September is certain to be a dramatic and challenging month for the State of Israel, politically and diplomatically. Hopefully not militarily.

Ten Years Later


Tisha b’Av (the ninth of Av) is the name that marks the saddest date on the Jewish calendar, recalling the destruction of the Holy Temples. Similarly, the most deadly attack ever on American soil — bringing about the destruction of the World Trade Center, part of the Pentagon, and a more trusting way of life — is commemorated simply by the date on which it occurred: 9/11.

A Decade Later, 9/11 Struggle Continues

Editor And Publisher

Sept. 11, 2001 was a Tuesday, deadline day for The Jewish Week.

As the horrific events began to unfold that morning, I found myself consumed, at times, by the unfolding coverage on television, then forcing myself away from it, trying to focus on getting the issue out on time. In revising the paper’s contents and helping to assign fresh staff coverage, I was very much aware that we were experiencing a moment when one could feel our nation’s history veering off into an unknown, dangerous path. One from which we haven’t really recovered, and perhaps never will.

Gary Rosenblatt

In Honor Of The Victims Of 9/11


On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Musings gives itself over to Edna St. Vincent Millay’s 1928 poem, “Dirge with Music,” which balances loss and resolve.

Rationale For Bombings


I understand the angst regarding coupling the topic of the Holocaust and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 (“The Days After,” Aug. 26).

However, I must point out facts that were not considered in the writing of this article.

Before the bombing, the United States government warned the leaders of Japan of the devastating effects of the atomic bomb and threatened the dropping of the bomb unless the Japanese agreed to an unconditional surrender. They refused, possibly because they didn’t believe the warning.

Supports Weprin


As Adam Dickter reports, Ed Koch’s endorsement of Republican, Bob Turner, for the seat vacated by Democrat Anthony Weiner is causing some uncertainty, at least in the polls, as to the outcome of the race between Turner and Democrat David Weprin (“Weprin’s Tightrope,” Aug. 26). By the time the election date arrives, I hope the “average” voters will all display their economic common sense, and Jewish voters, especially, will display their seichel [wisdom] by voting for Weprin.

Supporting Obama


In his Aug. 26 Letter, “On Cause of the Riots,” Henry R. Marbach states that he does not understand liberal Jews who support Democrats like President Barack Obama. Here are just a few reasons:

Today’s Republican Party has very few moderates and the Tea Party’s increasing involvement is shifting the party even further to the right.

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