Editorial & Opinion

Claims Conference Fraud

05/21/2013 - 20:00

Your newspaper and others reported that management of the Claims Conference had been alerted nearly a decade before about the massive $57 million fraud but failed to act (“Claims Conference Bungled Early Fraud Warning,” May 17).

Surely in any other organization, whether public or private, the executives responsible for such negligence would have been fired or have offered their resignation. The Holocaust survivors being served by this organization have a right to expect similar ethical conduct from executives whose salaries and annual compensations are about equal with that of the head of the “International Monetary Fund.”

National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors, Inc.

Unfair Report

05/21/2013 - 20:00

I was very concerned to see the blatant lack of accurate reporting on the 15,000 women of all denominations who came to pray and at the same time to peacefully protest Women of the Wall (“Tensions Seen Mounting On Prayer At Wall,” May 17).

The dozen or so riffraff were unfortunate, and the provocation by members of the Women of the Wall made the situation difficult. The numbers speak for themselves. The majority doesn’t want a change. Note that the Israel Democracy Institute found that 38 percent of Israelis support the cause of Women of the Wall, not 62 percent as you reported.

The only question asked was about women wearing male prayer garments [yarmulke, tallit] at the Kotel. It did not include a question about Women of the Wall’s true goal, which is to tear down the existing Israeli religious infrastructure.

Editor’s Note: According to a report in Haaretz, the poll in question, conducted among a representative sample of 600 Israelis ages 18 and above, found that “48 percent support the right of Women of the Wall to pray as they see fit, wearing a prayer shawl and phylacteries and reciting their prayers out loud, whereas 38 percent said they did not support this right.”

Disputes Kotel Disturbance Description

05/21/2013 - 20:00

Joshua Mitnick, in his
article covering the May 10 prayers and protest at the Kotel (“Tensions Seen Mounting on Prayer At Wall, May 17”), 
reported that “the protests on Friday brought out only a small
fraction of the ultra-Orthodox constituency.”

Time And Tide

05/21/2013 - 20:00

There is a poignant story of a rabbi who learned the meaning of life from children building sand castles. As he watched the intensity with which they built, he could not help but realize that in a few hours, everything they created would be washed away. Yet it did not diminish their focus or joy.

David Wolpe

Jewish Megatrends

Rabbi offers a new way to think of ourselves: "tribal," and "covenental."
05/21/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz recalls the exact words of a comment from a liberal rabbinical student that disturbed him profoundly.

Gary Rosenblatt

Stemming The Tide Of Hatred

05/21/2013 - 20:00

Secretary of State John Kerry’s appointment this week of Ira Forman as special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism is a welcome and timely move as religious bigotry is increasing around the globe.

Of course it is a sad statement that in the 21st century, the United States requires a high-level post to deal officially with anti-Semitism. But the State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom, just released, underscores the need for a more assertive effort in countering the decline in religious freedom as well as the increase in Holocaust denial and a violent brand of anti-Semitism that is often couched as opposition to Israeli policy.

Too Late For The Truth On Intifada ‘Hoax’?

05/21/2013 - 20:00

It’s been more than a dozen years since Mohammed al-Dura, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy, was caught in the crossfire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian security forces at the outbreak of the second intifada and allegedly killed by Israeli bullets.

Do The Rite Thing

05/20/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:56 p.m.
Torah: Num. 8:1-12:16
Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Havdalah: 9:03 p.m.

Freud did not have our sedra specifically in mind when he wrote his treatises on religion, though he would have pointed to its demand that the Passover sacrifice be done “in accordance with all its rules and rites” [Numbers 9:1-5] as evidence of his claim that religion is a caricature of obsessive-compulsive neurosis.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Putting A Cap On Day School Tuitions

05/20/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the nearly two years that I have worked in the field of Jewish day school finance, no topic has generated more emotion or been the subject of more debate than the issue of Jewish day school affordability.

Dan Perla

Immigration Reform Is A Moral And Religious Duty

05/20/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Our Jewish story is one of migration. Our Jewish American story is one of receiving safe refuge on this nation’s shores. From our seminal Exodus saga to our waves of aliyah, we are a people who know the feeling of being expelled and freed, welcomed and rejected.

Rabbi Seth M. Limmer
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