Editorial & Opinion

Fears About Rabbi Jacobs

04/05/2011

I strongly praise the new head of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Rabbi Richard Jacobs’ work to help victims of war, famine and massacres in places like Chad, Darfur and Haiti (‘The Scarsdale Dynamo,’ Mar. 29). I am also heartened to have read elsewhere Rabbi Jacobs’ statement that “the connection to Israel is a vital part of Jewish life.”

Election 2012: A Modest Proposal

04/05/2011
Editorial

With President Barack Obama announcing — to nobody’s surprise — his intention to seek a second term, and Republicans fighting for the chance to oppose him, this might be a good time to lay out our early views on the 2012 election.

No, we’re not making endorsements. Consider this, instead, a plea for a sober and respectful debate on the candidates and their positions on a wide range of issues, starting with the always explosive issue of U.S. Middle East policy.

J Street Connects

04/05/2011

Aside from the issue of the current tendency in Israel’s government to reject pro-Israel groups who are critical of some of Israel’s policies (“For the Love of Israel,” March 25), an additional important point is made in this report, namely, that Israel “remains a vital connection point to Jewish life for many younger Jews” in the U.S.

Counteract Drinking

04/05/2011

I applaud Gary Rosenblatt for taking what I know will be an unpopular stance against the glorification of drinking at Jewish events aimed at college students and young adults.

Chabad At Dartmouth

04/05/2011

As a college student, I am genuinely surprised that the editor and publisher of The Jewish Week could seem so out of touch with my generation’s reality. At Dartmouth, a campus with fewer Jewish students than most, Chabad exists as an unparalleled place of spirituality, education, tradition and community.

Recovering Rabbi

04/05/2011

I am a rabbi who has been sober for 13 years and am involved in helping Jews who are suffering from addiction or the pain of seeing a loved one or family member suffer. I have spoken on panels for UJA-Federation about substance abuse in the Jewish community and am a rabbi for JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others) and a member of its board as well.

Tarnished And Trivialized

04/05/2011

We are writing in response to Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Back Off On The Bacchanalia” (April 1), which grossly misrepresents the appeal, mission and reality of TribeFest, the recent three-day conference in Las Vegas in which 1,300 North American Jews ages 22 to 45 discussed Jewish issues, explored their role in the community and engaged in Jewish life.

Diagnosing Morality: The Gravity Of Words

04/05/2011

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 7:09 p.m.
Torah Reading: Lev. 14:1- 15:33
Haftarah: II Kings 7:3-20
Sabbath Ends: 8:10 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

On Passover, Dare To Dream

04/05/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

 ‘In every generation each person should see themselves as if they personally were part of the exodus from Egypt.” So says the Talmud (Pesachim 116b), but what does that really mean? Is it possible to do as most classical commentaries suggest — engage in a psycho-spiritual transformation which crosses the boundaries of time and space, to actually see ourselves as if we are leaving Egypt?

Poland’s Foreign Minister Misspeaks On Restitution

04/05/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

By disparaging the U.S. government’s support of demands that Poland compensate Jews for property stolen from them during the Holocaust, Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski exacerbated the firestorm created by his government’s peremptory decision to walk away from long-promised restitution legislation for spurious economic reasons.

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