Editorial & Opinion

Counting Our Blessings, Caring For Others

11/19/2012 - 19:00

Some people joke that Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday, is also the ideal Jewish festival. After all, it’s about family, food, time off from work, and without those many hours in the synagogue.

First-Hand Report: How We’re Helping Israelis

11/19/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

These are the days that remind us what it means to be a people. Last week, a group of Israelis came to New York to volunteer in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. This week, I traveled to Israel as a representative of UJA-Federation of New York on a Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) solidarity mission. The irony isn’t lost on any of us — Americans or Israelis. But this is how we take care of one another.

Eric S. Goldstein

A Turning Point For Disability Advocates?

One-day conference may mark the beginning of a new era in Jewish communal attitudes.
11/19/2012 - 19:00

Despite good intentions by the organized Jewish community and some model programs, for years it has largely fallen to the parents of children with mental illness, intellectual, physical, learning, social and other disabilities and differences to battle for "a place at the table" for their children in Jewish day schools, synagogues and summer camps.

Judaism Honors Our Children's Questions

11/19/2012 - 19:00

Judaism offers much wisdom to help people in our communities cultivate the resilience to recover from the aftereffects of Sandy, a storm that created a unique situation affecting an estimated 54 million people in 24 states.

Two Parents Nominate Their Favorite Sons

11/19/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:14 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 28:10-32:3    
Haftarah: Hosea 12:13-14:9
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

“Then he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, ‘Jacob has taken all that belonged to our father, and from that which belonged to our father, he amassed all this wealth’”[Gen 21:1].

Shlomo Riskin

Debating J Street's Jeremy Ben-Ami: What, if any, are limits on Diaspora criticism of Israel during war?

Donniel Hartman on Israel's "Pillar of Defense" Campaign in Gaza:

"Doing What We Can in an Unredeemed World"

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 19:00

Space Exploration: Is It Worth It?

11/13/2012 - 19:00


NASA just embarked upon its most ambitious Mars mission to date, spending a whopping $2.5 billion on this 1-ton rover, hoping to find some evidence as to whether or not Mars once supported life.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Catching the Tears Of Angels

11/13/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:25 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 23:1-25:18
Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31
Havdalah: 5:25 p.m.

In the aftermath of the storm, despite an experience that feels almost biblical —- darkness where there should be light, water where there should be land, void where there should be teeming life — despite it all, life must go on.

Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg

Spotlight On Jewish Educators

11/12/2012 - 19:00

Jewish educators are the unsung heroes of the community — underpaid, underappreciated and often blamed for the lack of engagement among our young people.

That is why the annual Covenant Awards, presented each year at this time by the Covenant Foundation, which celebrates excellence and innovation in Jewish education, are so meaningful. This year’s three national winners are based in New York, underscoring the depth and diversity of the educational experience here.

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