Editorial & Opinion

Remembering Debbie Friedman


It seems to me that one aspect of Debbie Friedman’s significant contributions to American Jewish life has not been mentioned. She interwove Hebrew phrases, from the Bible and other traditional Jewish texts, with the English words of her songs — the “Mi Shebeirach” and “Lekhi Lach” being just two examples.

A Helping Hand


In response to your article, “Fla. Survivors Caught in Cruel Funding Irony,” (Jan. 7), I want to note that only through the consistent, increasing funding from the Claims Conference has Jewish Family Service of Broward County been able to provide dedicated services for the Shoah victims in our community. The Claims Conference is the main source of support for our agency’s Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program, working with us as a partner to identify and address the increasing needs of aging victims.

Down The Mountain And Going Back Up

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:50 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 21:1-24:18
Haftarah: Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26
Havdalah: 5:52 p.m.

Beth Kissileff

The Shelf Life Of Jewish Peoplehood

Special To The Jewish Week

The word “peoplehood” is a relatively new and highly contested term in the lexicon of Jewish life, having something to do with identity, ethnicity, belonging and membership. The supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary acknowledged it as a word as long ago as 1983, but, as any spell-check reveals, it is not considered a word quite yet by Microsoft. Will it ever be a real word for the Jewish community? Having co-authored a book on the subject, I’m still not sure.

Witnessing The Liberation Of Slaves In Sudan

Special To The Jewish Week

On Jan. 15, the people of southern Sudan completed a weeklong vote that will likely break Sudan, Africa’s largest country, in two. Why?

A Life Without Limbs, a Life Without Limits

Special Report from the World Economic Forum

Special to the Jewish Week

In this exciting gathering in the snowy Alps, where does a humble man with no arms or legs fit into conversations about speed, power, innovation, wealth, and the global future?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Jewish Renaissance In Europe Presents A Surprising Challenge

Editor and Publisher

‘France is a great place for Jews to live,” the young woman on film was saying. “It’s a challenging environment but a welcoming environment.”

The audience practically gasped on hearing her remarks, which seemed so far removed from their expectations of Jewish life in France.

Gary Rosenblatt

In The New Year, Look To The Old



I read the newspaper each day, an old practice that brings home everything new. There is always a new celebrity, a new invention, a burgeoning business. We can stuff ourselves with the new. Old books and movies are forgotten unless they are remade.

Judaism has a different attitude toward what is old. Our tradition always understood that the first step to obliterating culture is to foreshorten memory. Here is a poignant passage from a not-so-very-old novel, Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”:

Worries In The Arab World


The revolution in Tunisia of recent days has sparked hope among some who believe that the era of the autocratic old guard among Arab rulers is coming to an end, to be replaced by a trend toward democracy.

It’s still far too early to tell how even the immediate chaotic situation in Tunis will be resolved, much less the region, after the fleeing of corrupt dictator Ben Ali. But it is far more likely that old regimes will fade than that human rights and freedoms soon await tens of millions of citizens of Arab states.

Barak’s Bombshell


With the kind of surprise that was his military trademark, Defense Minister Ehud Barak shook up Israeli politics on Monday with his surprise announcement that he is abandoning the Labor Party he led and creating a new faction, Atzmaut (Independence), which will remain in the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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