Editorial & Opinion

Educational Needs

02/12/2013 - 19:00

I read with interest your story “For Jewish Education Reform, A ‘Very Messy Period’ ” (Feb. 1). Thank you for helping readers be more aware that Jewish education needs ongoing organizational support. Education is a fundamental priority for meaningful Jewish continuity — and Jewish organizations have responded in various ways to the challenges of the current economy.

Koch’s Jewish Pride

02/12/2013 - 19:00

I cannot praise The Jewish Week enough for your sensitive, comprehensive, intelligent coverage of Mayor Ed Koch (Feb. 1 issue). What most impressed me were your reports of his public pride in being Jewish and his “special pride in Israel.” 

Mayor Koch’s Day At YU

02/12/2013 - 19:00

It was in the spring of 1983 that the bullets began to rain down on Yeshiva University’s Washington Heights Campus. I had just walked by Furst Hall, the main classroom and administrative building when a drive-by shooter pierced its wide glass-door entrance with the first volley of bullets. Other incidents were to follow in and around our urban campus, putting Yeshiva on high alert. The response by the NYPD was swift and pervasive.

Lessons From Brooklyn College Showdown

02/12/2013 - 19:00

The ugly incident at Brooklyn College, where two supporters of the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel) were invited to speak on campus last week, was less about freedom of speech, as its defenders claimed, than about the political science department’s sponsorship of a program seeking to delegitimize the State of Israel.

Pope Benedict Is Principled, Frustrating

02/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing his resignation, effective the end of February, and there are many ways to think about the significance of the event, including both the challenges and the opportunities in Catholic-Jewish relations that may come in the wake of his resignation.

The Teacher Who Hated Lies

Remembering David Hartman.
02/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Growing up, David Hartman was not a good student. Born in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn to poor immigrants from Jerusalem, his teachers often told him he would never amount to anything. He was accepted to Yeshiva University because of his skills in basketball, not academics.

Koch Did Much For NYC, But Didn’t Save It From Bankruptcy

02/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Ed Koch’s exuberance and larger-than-life presence embodied the spirit of New York, and he did much to elevate the spirit of the city.

Sol Wachtler

New Israeli-Palestinian Textbook Study: A Historical Perspective

02/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘A clash between two just causes.” As a young student in Jerusalem in 1968, I can still vividly remember hearing that description of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the first time.

Martin Raffel

A Sanctuary For Portable Holiness

02/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:11 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 25:1-27:19
Haftarah: I Kings 5:26-6:13
Havdalah: 6:12

Rabbi Yael Buechler

Rabbi Hartman's Judaism Of Many Rooms

A brilliant thinker, he let others debate whether he remained in the Orthodox fold.
02/10/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

“Would you like to win a Pulitzer Prize?” Rabbi David Hartman asked me one day, a number of years ago.

I said sure, and wondered why he asked.

David Hartman
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