Editorial & Opinion

How Do We Relate To Morally Difficult Texts In Jewish Tradition?

02/26/2013 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

We have all become familiar with the tactics of bigots who distort our religious beliefs or make up horrible lies to advance their hatred. Fortunately, most people in our pluralistic society recognize and reject these tactics.

But how would we respond to a skeptic who points to the morally troubling verse, “When...the Lord your God delivers them to you and you defeat them, you must utterly doom them to destruction: grant them no terms and give them no quarter” (Deut. 7:1-2)?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Two Concerns

02/26/2013 - 19:00

Please let me state my objections to two of your articles.

Birthrate Worries

02/26/2013 - 19:00

Rabbi Simcha Weinstein’s message that Jews should be prolific (“Rabbi To Readers: Be Fruitful And Multiply,” A N.Y. Minute, Feb. 15) should be directed particularly to non-Orthodox Jews.

The Kotel Is A Synagogue

02/26/2013 - 19:00

Regarding “Jailed For Davening” (A N.Y. Minute, Feb. 22): The desire of women and members of non-Orthodox communities to engage in prayer at the Kotel [Western Wall] is complex. I was a young yeshiva student in 1988 and recall being present when the Women of the Wall first began their monthly assembly.

‘The Israel Talks’ Support

02/26/2013 - 19:00

Thank you, Gary Rosenblatt, for your column of Feb. 20 (“Has Jewish Infighting Finally Hit Bottom?”) describing The Israel Talks and its goals.

Ahead Of The Curve

02/26/2013 - 19:00

The assertions in Gary Rosenblatt’s article, “Has Jewish Infighting Finally Hit Bottom?” (Feb. 22) that “Jewish unity seems only to be reactionary, like after a synagogue is firebombed” and that “we need to be more strategic” is not borne out by the facts in Westchester County, where the Jewish community does the very sorts of things that are urged to be done.

The Limits Of Knowledge

02/26/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the age of knowledge who will say a nice word on behalf of ignorance? 

David Wolpe

Don't Confront, Educate

Jewish students' aversion to conflict prompts pro-Israel activists to shift tactics on campus.
02/26/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

There is a crisis regarding perceptions of Israel on college campuses today. But it’s probably not the one you think it is.

Gary Rosenblatt

We Are All The Other

02/25/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Last month, children were attacked while riding the public bus home from school in Jerusalem. They were 6th graders, students of the Max Ryne Hand in Hand bilingual school for Jewish and Arab students. Some of the bus riders were disturbed that these children were speaking Arabic among themselves.

Shuli Dichter

‘Every Child Has Something To Offer’

02/25/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

“My name is Jacob Wiener. I am from Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y. I am almost 15 years old. I have PDD-NOS and bipolar syndrome. The American Disabilities Act allows me to go to school…”

Susan Wiener says her son, Jacob, who has bipolar syndrome, is her teacher about acceptance.
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