Editorial & Opinion

New Israeli-Palestinian Textbook Study: A Historical Perspective

02/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘A clash between two just causes.” As a young student in Jerusalem in 1968, I can still vividly remember hearing that description of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the first time.

Martin Raffel

A Sanctuary For Portable Holiness

02/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:11 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 25:1-27:19
Haftarah: I Kings 5:26-6:13
Havdalah: 6:12

Rabbi Yael Buechler

Rabbi Hartman's Judaism Of Many Rooms

A brilliant thinker, he let others debate whether he remained in the Orthodox fold.
02/10/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

“Would you like to win a Pulitzer Prize?” Rabbi David Hartman asked me one day, a number of years ago.

I said sure, and wondered why he asked.

David Hartman

Queen Esther, A Wise And Wily Woman

02/04/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

With each reading of the Purim Megillah, Esther becomes for me more daring, more intelligent and more heroic than ever before. Lately I’ve been wondering what the extreme Orthodox rabbis in Israel and elsewhere might make of this woman if they were to meet her today.

Francine Klagsbrun

To Serve Children With Disabilities, We Must Invest In Our Professionals

02/06/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

All Jewish children, regardless of their skills and abilities, should get a shot at Jewish life. It’s their birthright. Jewish children with disabilities should no longer be denied access to Jewish day schools and other institutions. But for that to happen, we need to use best practices.

Reform Movement Promotes Young Leadership

02/06/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I  read Rabbi Ashira Konigsburg’s Opinion piece, “Forever Young? Community Relegates Adults to ‘Kids’ Table” (Feb. 1) and was intrigued by her assessment that organizations “must find ways to engage and cultivate genuine new leadership” rather than relegating young leaders to the proverbial “kids’ table.” I couldn’t agree more, which is why I felt inspired to share the very positive experiences I’ve been fortunate to have as a young lay leader in the Reform Movement.

To Revitalize Conservative Jewry, Build On Camp Ramah

02/04/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Those of us who have grown up in the Conservative movement have heard the conventional wisdom for years — Camp Ramah is the best and most successful program that the movement ever developed. We would even hear this from Jews across the spectrum who admire with envy this jewel of a program that formed lifetime bonds among alumni and created a community of knowledgeable, proud, energized, committed, Zionist young Jews.

Egypt And Iran

02/05/2013 - 19:00

The picture this week of Egypt’s President Morsi greeting Iranian President Ahmadinejad as he disembarked at Cairo airport for the first visit to Egypt by Iranian head of state since 1979 is frightening (“Amadinejad Visits Cairo, Says He’d Like To Go To Gaza,” on thejewishweek.com).

ZOA And Obama

02/05/2013 - 19:00

Douglas Bloomfield, on the Political Insider blog, mentions the ZOA as among those organizations “which can be counted upon to oppose virtually anything the Obama administration does in the Middle East” (“Obama’s Farm Team,” Jan. 25).

Closing The Economic Gaps In Israel

02/05/2013 - 19:00

We were pleased and proud to see Shimon Solomon featured in The Jewish Week (“The New Faces of the 19th Knesset,” JTA story, Jan. 29).

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