Editorial & Opinion

On Forgiveness


I read a curious sentence in Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “When To Forgive And When Not To” (Sept. 16): “While it is a Christian ideal to love and forgive the sinner, Judaism teaches, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’” 

Does that idea really appear in Judaism? I indeed can find Jewish sources for hating the enemies of God (for example, Psalms 139:22,23), but I do not know any for hating my own enemies.  The category of “God’s enemies” may not happen to coincide with “my enemies.”

Motives Of Pollard Advocates


Although there are arguments and counter-arguments on the issue of clemency or pardon for Jonathan Pollard, there is no doubt about two aspects of that issue (“Jewish Leaders Press Pollard Release,” Oct. 7).

Opposes Free Services


I read with great interest, “Atoning For Nothing” (Oct. 7), on High Holiday services for free. Having led High Holiday services for young and less affiliated Jewish men and women for the last 13 years, I take issue with offering them for free.

To Raise The Fallen Sukkah


Candlelighting, readings:
Candles: 6 p.m. (Fri.); 5:52 p.m. (Wed.);
                     6:55 p.m. (Thu.)
Torah: Exodus 33:12-34:26; Numbers 29:17-25
Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
Havdalah: 7:01 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Former Soviet Union Illuminates New Jewish World

Special To The Jewish Week

There is an old joke told of a Rabbi leaving synagogue after Kol Nidre services. On his way home he was astonished to see Goldstein, one of his congregants, sitting in a non-kosher restaurant eating a sumptuous meal.

As Goldstein exited the restaurant, the rabbi accosted him: “What are you doing, I just saw you eating treif, and paying for it on Yom Kippur. Explain yourself!” Goldstein replied: “Oy, I am sorry rabbi, but I just forgot.”

“Did you forget that today was Yom Kippur?” “No.”

Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove

Johannesburg, Jackson, Boston… And Jerusalem?

Special To The Jewish Week

During a visit to South Africa last summer, I stopped at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, hoping to better understand how so despicable a system could dominate that country for nearly half a century, from 1948-1991, and why any comparisons to Israel are ridiculous. I came away humbled, wondering whether there might just be a little residue of apartheid in us all.

Joshua Hammerman

The Right People Are In The Room!

A lesson about education & leadership.

Jewish Week Online Columnist


There were times, when I was one of three students that would stay awake late enough to hear Rabbi Shlomo Riskin when he would stop by our beit midrash at Yeshivat Hamivtar to give a late night class. What I was so profoundly moved by was the fact that Rav Riskin would speak to the three of us as if there were 200 people present. He offered his normal passionate and engaging class since we were the right people in the room.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Sukkot In The City: Straddling Two Worlds


Strolling through the Orthodox neighborhoods of Williamsburg on the last day of Sukkot, I passed row upon row of three-sided huts built against storefronts, brownstone doors, balconies, and sidewalks.

Gila Lyons

The Purpose Of Creation

Jewish Week Online Columnist

I found myself consumed in the liturgy by the phrase “HaYom harat olam” (today the world is created) and with questions about the purpose of creation and of my personal existence. As we reflect on the direction of our lives between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we might ask ourselves why humans, generally as well as individually, were created.

Rabbi Smuly Yanklowitz

A Rabbi Reflects On Steve Jobs


News of the death of Apple’s founder and CEO, Steve Jobs, spread across the Internet just as quickly as reviews of the brand new iPhone 4S. The man, who President Barack Obama called “among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it,” was loved by the world. I found myself saddened upon learning of his passing. It’s not just because of my addiction to my MacBook, iPhone and iPad – some of the revolutionary technology he designed in recent years.

Rabbi Shimshon Nadel
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