Editorial & Opinion

Religious Freedom Has Limits, For Good Reason

08/20/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The recent Catholic manifesto for religious freedom, “Protecting Consciences” (www.usccb.org/conscience), presents a view that seems hard to contest: “What we ask is nothing more than the right to follow our consciences as we live the life of our teachings.”  Yet, it cannot be that simple when one person’s conscience directs him to discriminate. Determining when our laws should tolerate religiously motivated discrimination is actually a nuanced question.

Michael J. Broyde

The King’s Second Torah

08/20/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:22 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
Haftarah: Isaiah 41:12-42:12
Havdalah: 8:22 p.m. 

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Israel Should Not Deport South Sudanese Christians

08/20/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On Wednesday, Aug. 8, a flight left Tel Aviv carrying about 100 South Sudanese Christians to Juba, the capital of the newly declared state of South Sudan. This was the latest in a series of flights that began earlier this summer, carrying nearly 1,000 men, women and children, including families who had lived for several years in Israel. Fewer than 500 South Sudanese Christians now remain in Israel. As peaceful individuals and natural allies to the Jewish state, they should not be deported to an unsafe situation, but should be treated as the friends to Israel they are.

Heather Robinson

The Divide Between Israel And The U.S. Greater Than We Think

08/19/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I write this editorial as I depart from Israel. I was here for four days to see the country, to better understand it and its people. I met with religious leaders and government officials, spoke to regular Israelis, and soaked in the sites that make Israel a cradle of civilization. I met with numerous leaders here, including Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the Knesset.

Councilman Dan Halloran

The Ripple Effect

08/13/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Several stories in the Torah pivot on ordinary characters. Joseph seeks his brothers and “a man from Dothan” points the way, thus furthering the course of history. The spies in Joshua’s time are hidden by Rahab, thus ensuring they return safely.

Costas On ’72 Massacre

08/13/2012 - 20:00

Francine Klagsbrun’s well-taken “Thinking Aloud” column on the absence of a moment of Olympic silence for the 1972 victims (“Post-Munich, Israel’s Response To The ’72 Massacre,” Aug. 10) missed one strong point: NBC broadcaster Bob Costas recognized the International Olympic Committee’s cringing behavior and courageously created his own moment of silence on NBC’s opening ceremony. Costas should be lauded.

Long Beach, L.I.

State Department’s Anti-Semitism Report

08/13/2012 - 20:00

The State Department has reported that increased anti-Semitism in 2011 was manifested by, among other things, “conflating opposition to certain policies of Israel with blatant anti-Semitism” (“The State Dept. Report Cites Tide of Anti-Semitism” Aug. 3). It is a fair question is ask to what extent statements of the present administration may have contributed to the heightened criticism of Israeli policies and the attendant anti-Semitism.

Flawed Report

08/13/2012 - 20:00

Shocked, but not surprised. That’s my reaction to the latest U.S. State Department report on religious freedom around the world (“State Department Report Cites Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism,” Aug. 3), which describes a “global increase” in and “rising tide” of anti-Semitism.

Trivializing The Holocaust

08/13/2012 - 20:00

Miss Holocaust Survivor? What in the world were the organizers thinking? And what do they know of the Shoah (“Making A Beautiful Statement,” Lens, July 13)?

As the director of The Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest, I find this quite appalling.

I was in Israel for a Yad Vashem conference on “Teaching the Core” when news of this appeared. A Holocaust beauty pageant is precisely the kind of trivialization of this seminal event in history that we who work to educate the world about the Holocaust abhor.

Pride In Raisman

08/13/2012 - 20:00

 I would like to acknowledge the tremendous Kiddush Hashem made by American gymnast Aly Raisman upon winning two gold medals (and one bronze) at the London Olympics (“Raising The Olympic Bar, Aug, 10). Instead of trying to hide the fact that she is Jewish, as is done by many of our brethren in the public eye, she proudly performed her gold medal-winning routine to “Hava Nagilah,” probably the best-known Hebrew folk song, saying, in effect, “I am Jewish. That’s why I wanted the floor music.”

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