Editorial & Opinion

Great Article, Misleading Headline


Whoever titled Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz’ article, “Circumcision Is Out Of Vogue: An Orthodox Rabbi Agrees” (Opinion, July 1), has a lot to learn about truth in advertising.

Circumcision Not Out Of Vogue


It was hard for me to believe the title of the Opinion article by an Orthodox rabbi, Chaim Steinmetz: “Circumcision Is Out Of Vogue” (Opinion, July 1).

The statement that “circumcision is a marketing nightmare; outside of a deep commitment to Judaism, based on a biblical command, there’s no good reason to do it,” is outrageous. It is with much regret that there are many secular and misinformed Jews that are a very potent voice against circumcision, but to hear an Orthodox rabbi say this is really sinful and abhorrent.

Elijah Opens The Door To Love

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:08 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 25:10-30:1

Our parsha begins with the reward that Pinchas receives for his zealotry. It is important to internalize Pinchas’ uniqueness and understand that the special covenant of peace that he received and the many miracles that helped him [Sanhedrin 82b] were given specifically to a person of his rare qualities.

Rabbi Yosef Carmel

L’Affaire DSK Teaches Some Attitudes Haven’t Changed

Special To The Jewish Week

Just when we thought we’d had enough sex-mania among high-powered men, we got hit this summer with the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal. John Edwards disappeared into legal limbo after admitting that he fathered a child outside his marriage. Anthony Weiner vanished into a rehab program after confessing that he had placed lewd photos of himself online. But L’affaire DSK, as the French call it, continues to make headlines.

Francine Klagsbrun

How Israel Unites Us

Special To The Jewish Week

I was leafing through the pages of several Jewish newspapers on my desk, and was struck that nearly every issue worth debating somehow revolved around Israel. Sure, there were other articles of interest, such as the Jewish-Korean family raising their children on “Kugel and Kimchi,” but none so interesting or heart-wrenching as whether J Street should be allowed into the local Jewish community relations council or whether the Israeli government should accept the parameters of President Obama’s recent State Department speech.

David Bernstein

How Obama Can Assure Israelis


We are pleased to see the report this week that President Obama plans to visit Israel. It’s about time.

According to The Jerusalem Post, U.S. Ambassador to Israel James Cunningham told Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin that the president “wants to visit Israel and will do so.”

No date was mentioned, but the ambassador said the trip is on the president’s agenda.

Some say the trip is being timed to pressure the Palestinians not to push for a United

Baby Steps Toward Arab-Jewish Cooperation

Two mayors in the north, looking for a grass-roots connection.

Editor And Publisher

‘Even if there is peace between Israel and the Arabs, it will not solve our problems,” Nazia Masrawa, the mayor of an Arab Israeli town in the north called Kfar Qara (population 17,000), told me in a soft, matter-of-fact voice during a recent interview here.

He cited the lack of interaction between Arabs and Jews living in close proximity, based on fear and distrust, and the economic gap between the societies that has widened since the first intifada almost 24 years ago.

Gary Rosenblatt

Win Win


How do you win? Is it the patient accumulation of small advantages or the masterstroke? Singles or a home run? The daily performance of mitzvot or a last, heroic gesture that redeems a life?

Having It Both Ways


Your June 17 editorial, “Misguided Statehood Push,” wants to have it both ways. On the one hand, you commend the Obama administration for its “productive efforts to blunt the thrust of the Palestinian campaign” to have Palestine recognized as a sovereign state by the United Nations during the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly.

Circumcision Still In Vogue


I was very perplexed about Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz’s Opinion piece, “Circumcision Is Out Of Vogue: An Orthodox Rabbi Agrees” (July 1). In the article, Rabbi Steinmetz states: “But increasingly I’ve come to realize that circumcision is incompatible with the times, as is much of Judaism.” This is the opinion of a “Modern Orthodox rabbi,” a spiritual leader? I was always taught the beauty of the Torah and hence Judaism is that it is timeless.

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