Editorial & Opinion

Appalled At Day School Study


I’m appalled at the failure of Jewish day schools and the apologies and platitudes of The Jewish Week (“Day Schools Need New Israel Ed Approach,” editor’s column, Feb. 18).

Unimpressed With Day School Study


Regarding “Day Schools Need New Israel Ed Approach,” editor’s column (Feb. 18), let me get this straight: the Mideast capitals are on fire: in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria and Iran; the dictatorship regimes are bloodily suppressing the peaceful protests of the masses who — lo and behold — are denied the most basic human, civil and democratic rights.

Fear Of Assassination


Thanks for your article “Mideast Unrest Hardening Positions in Community” (Feb. 18). The article quotes several authorities who advocate the conclusion of an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty. Who can argue against the conclusion of such a treaty?
Yet it must be pointed out that soon after Anwar Sadat concluded a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel he was assassinated.

J Street And Advocacy


J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami says that some of the recent publicity challenges his group has faced are merely a matter of “finding the right tonality” (“J Street Vows To Calibrate Tone Amid Criticism,” Feb. 18).

‘Unjust’ Policy On Aliyah For Converts


The Israeli Interior Ministry, under Shas party leadership, appears to have exceeded the limits of tolerance, even among Orthodox leaders, in its latest move that would in effect prohibit a number of Orthodox converts from making aliyah.

A Good Veto At The UN


The Obama administration did the right thing last week by vetoing a United Nations resolution on Israel's settlements policies that would only have set back a peace process that the Palestinians, who pushed hard for the measure, claim they still support.

Why The King Hearings On Terrorism Are Necessary

Special To The Jewish Week

Congressional hearings on homegrown terrorism, focusing on how al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations seek to radicalize Muslims in the U.S., are a welcome development. This initiative by Rep. Peter King (R-L.I.), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, does not come out of the blue.

The Six Days Of Shabbat


Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat Candles: 5:24 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 35:1-38:20
Haftarah: I Kings 7:40-50 (Ashkenaz);
I Kings 7:13-26 (Sephard)
Havdalah: 6:24 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Tiger Ima: The Spiritual Life Of Parents?

Special To The Jewish Week

“Be spirited like a tiger...” (Pirkei Avot 5:18)


While an enormous amount of ink has been spilt (or really, writer’s cramp contracted and blog entries logged) in reaction to the “Tiger Mom” phenomenon and its challenge to Western styles of parenting, one area has been woefully neglected. We know all about Amy Chua’s external attitude toward parenting. But what about her internal life as a parent?

Human Rights Watch Embraces Alleged Terrorist

Special to the Jewish Week

With the appointment of Shawan Jabarin, an alleged senior activist in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), to its Middle East Advisory Board, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has completed the transformation from a human rights watchdog to a radical agit-prop group.

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