Editorial & Opinion

In Grief, Stereotyping Mental Illness

12/17/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Every American reels with shock and horror in the aftermath of school shootings like the one this past Friday in Connecticut.

Ari Ne'eman

When Standing For Zionism Helped Revive America: A New York Story

12/17/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Israel’s detractors like to claim that American support for Israel hurts America.

Gil Troy

Rabbis Can Play A Pivotal Role On Israel

12/17/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The growing partnership on Israel between the religious movements and other American Jewish institutions, in terms of philanthropy and political activism, is a welcome development. 

Martin Raffel

Abraham Foxman: The Palestinian One-State Fantasy

12/16/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Many of us who are avid supporters of Israel are used to lamenting over and over again the bias of the United Nations.  The most recent occasion for these complaints was the vote of the General Assembly to change the status of Palestine at the U.N. to non-member observer state.  On such occasions, it is often pointed out that if the Palestinians introduced a resolution stating that the earth is flat, they would be able to obtain a majority in the General Assembly.  Such is the bias against Israel. 

Abraham Foxman

Telling Israel’s Story With Depth And Balance

12/10/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Vote

History seems to happen when we’re not looking. The controversial UN vote to upgrade Palestine to a non-member observer state took place — intentionally — on the historic date of Nov. 29. Sixty-five years ago on that date the UN General Assembly voted to partition Palestine into two states, one Jewish, one Arab. The Arabs rejected the resolution, the Jews accepted it. It would not have occurred to Arab leaders of the time that more than six decades later the Palestinian state their followers were trying to establish would be much smaller than the one partition would have granted them.

Francine Klagsbrun

A Patient Spirit

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12/12/2012 - 19:00

In Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” General Kutuzov exasperates his comrades by refusing to take action against Napoleon. “Maneuver,” they urge him,

Rabbi David Wolpe

Location, Location

12/10/2012 - 19:00

As the product of a (non-boarding) prep school education, I’ve always been fascinated by the American Hebrew Academy’s experiment (“A Visit To The ‘Jewish Exeter’” Between The Lines, Dec. 7). I fully respect their vision and believe it a fully worthwhile effort.

Somehow, however, I always end up feeling that if it were closer to the northeast, it would be more successful in attracting students. Perhaps New Jersey and New York parents would have less trepidation at sending their Sammys and Mayas to Connecticut or Western Massachusetts than to Greensboro, N.C.

Bad News If Tax Cuts Expire

12/10/2012 - 19:00

While the 240 rabbis who signed a letter in support of President Barack Obama’s proposal to allow tax cuts to expire at the end of the year for those making over $250,000 annually are likely well intentioned, I wonder if they have fully considered the broader implications of this policy (“Community Breaks Silence On Bush-Era Tax Cuts,” Dec. 7).

Whose ‘Just Society’?

12/10/2012 - 19:00

In “Community Breaks Silence On Bush-Era Tax Cuts” (Dec. 7), Alan van Capelle, CEO of Bend the Arc, is quoted as stating that “building a just America means that we who have enjoyed this great nation’s opportunities must also share its burdens.”

While I do empathize with goal of “building a just America,” I am perplexed by how van Capelle defines these lofty ideals.

In Abuse Case, A Significant Victory

12/10/2012 - 19:00

Reporting a sexual assault to the police and testifying at an attacker’s trial cannot be easy for any victim of a sex crime. As the case of Nechemya Weberman, the 54-year-old unlicensed therapist from the Satmar community convicted this week of sexual abuse, has made shockingly clear, however, doing so as a member of the haredi community comes with its own particular perils.

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