Editorial & Opinion

Focus On Gender Issues


While the debate about filling the void of a national Jewish population study is certainly worthwhile (“How Many U.S. Jews, And Who Cares?” Nov. 4), the disconcerting silence about gender at the Brandeis socio-demography of American Jewry conference also merits attention. By gender I mean the socially constructed roles of men and women, and the power dynamics between the sexes.

Jewster And Philanthropy


Your article on innovation in the Jewish dating scene, “Yenta 2.0” (Nov. 4) left out Jewster’s most attractive feature. A key element of the Jewster.com site is that it is also a platform for philanthropy. Members donate 20 percent of their subscription to one of a select group of Jewish organizations and ventures. In addition to matching singles with each other, Jewster helps build community by matching members with Jewish events and by crowd-sourcing financial support and new donors for Jewish organizations. Our

Countering Cardinal Koch


I believe Cardinal Koch, in his sincere attempt to quell the controversy, may have misspoken. Pave the Way Foundation does not support the canonization of anyone (“New Dialogue Leader Off To Bad Start,” Nov. 4). PTWF is a nonsectarian organization that impartially moves to identify and eliminate non-theological obstacles between religions. We never endorse specific religious processes such as canonization. Personally, speaking as a Jew, canonization is Catholic concept.




A boy asked his mother for another piece of cake. “No,” she answered. “You have already had three pieces.” The boy asked again, “Please, Mom, just one more piece — I promise, just one more.” Again his mother said no. The boy did not give up: “C’mon, just one more piece of cake — please, please!” Finally, the mother relented, “Ok, one last piece, but that’s it!” The boy smiled and said, “Honestly, Mom, you have no self-control.”

Why Diaspora Dissent Is An Asset

Special To The Jewish Week

For the past eight summers, I have been privileged to teach at Brandeis University’s Summer Institute for Israel Studies, working with college faculty members planning to introduce courses on Modern Israel at their respective campuses. Invariably, at my session on Israel’s relationship to world Jewry, the question arises why American Jewish organizational leadership appears to march in lockstep with Israeli governmental policy.

Steven Bayme

The Begats Of Abraham’s Brother

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:24 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 18:1 -22: 24                                                 
Haftarah: II Kings 4:1-37
Havdalah: 5:24 p.m.

Shlomo Riskin

Jews In The Jungle

Special To The Jewish Week

Last summer I journeyed far from the daily craziness of rabbinic life, to the wilds of Africa, and it was out there that I rediscovered why I do what I do back here.

Job states, “God teaches us from the animals of the land,” and on safari I found myself immersed in a vast, orderly ecosystem, where, Anatevka-like, all creatures know who they are and what God expects them to do. It took my breath away.

Joshua Hammerman

A Long-Term Solution To The Agunah Problem

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An Opinion piece, “Religious Courts Are Treating Agunot Unfairly” (Oct. 28), raised a number of disturbing allegations, but failed to mention a notable exception to the practices attributed in the article to some batei din in the United States. 

Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann

What The Shalit Deal Says About The Palestinians

Special To The Jewish Week

‘Everybody is right,” my Israeli friend Herb Aber said when we met for dinner the other night. He was responding to my question about his opinion of the Gilad Shalit saga, and he gave a good answer. Everybody was right: the persistent parents who kept their boy’s imprisonment in the public eye for five years; the prime minister who grabbed a tiny window of opportunity to negotiate a deal for his release; the Israeli people who tearfully welcomed the young soldier home with the intensity of emotion that had made him “everybody’s son.” They were all right.

Francine Klagsbrun

‘What Would Sharon Do?’

Tantalizing question resurfaces as son promotes ‘intimate’ biography of stricken former PM.

Editor And Publisher

Reading Gilad Sharon’s new biography of his famous father, Ariel Sharon, one comes to understand why Gilad and his brother Omri insisted on keeping the former Israeli prime minister alive, against the advice of doctors, when he suffered a debilitating stroke almost six years ago.

Much as others have questioned that judgment, as Sharon remains in a coma-like state, it was consistent with the way their father lived, and led, on the battlefield and in the seat of power in Jerusalem. And the basis for the sons’ decision goes back more than six decades.

Gary Rosenblatt
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