Editorial & Opinion

European Jewish Life

11/05/2014
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Kudos to Gary Rosenblatt for his balanced column on the future of European Jewish life (“Don’t Write Off European Jewry,” Oct. 31). While the Jewish world rightly focuses on the virulent anti-Semitism currently spreading throughout Europe, its also important to draw fuller attention to another important phenomenon taking place on the continent — the continued renewal and maturation of Jewish communities after their decimation during the Holocaust and Communism.

Bitter Ironies

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Regarding the Editorial, “Bibi Takes On The World” (Oct. 31), in the war between good and evil, neutrality is not an option. 
Lively, respectful debate is the cornerstone of democratic constitutions but
when it comes to foreign policy, neutrality can prove fatal.

Supportive Of ‘Bibi’ Editorial

11/05/2014
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I hope Prime Minister Netanyahu, the rest of Israel’s government, and the
Israeli electorate are paying attention to The Jewish Week’s Editorial, “Bibi
Takes On The World” (Oct. 31).

Disgraceful Editorial

11/05/2014
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Your Oct. 31 Editorial, “Bibi Takes On The World,” is perhaps the most disgraceful
Editorial ever by The Jewish Week.

Looking For Safe Place

11/05/2014
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Rabbi Jessica Minnen thinks we need sex ed to discuss Rabbi Barry Freundel’s alleged mikvah
spying (“Fresh Relevance For New Sex-Ed Program,” Oct. 24). [If the charges against him prove true], what we need is to put the rabbi — a predator — in jail for sex crimes.

A Rabbi’s Low Blow

11/05/2014
Editorial

The leader of Teaneck's biggest Orthodox synagogue compares The Jewish Week to Nazi newspaper Der Sturmer.

The Jewish Week has long encouraged respectful debate and discussion in its pages on religious, political and social issues. And we look to our rabbis to serve as role models in expressing views that educate rather than marginalize.

Red Or Blue For Israel

11/05/2014
Editorial

As voters went to the polls for midterm elections on Tuesday, supporters of Israel already were speculating on if, and how, the results would impact the U.S.-Israel relationship. Conventional wisdom has it that a Republican Congress would be more supportive of the policies of the Netanyahu government in Israel, which is in an openly rocky relationship with the Obama White House. Democrats point out that the level of military and strategic cooperation between Washington and Jerusalem has never been higher than today, despite the dysfunctional status of the two top leaders.

Make Room For Holiness

11/05/2014
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What do four walls and a roof make? A potential for holiness.

A room has special significance in Jewish tradition. Students in Eastern Europe studied in “cheder,” which means room. The holiest site in Jewish history, the kadosh kedoshim, was a room in the Temple. While not disdaining the beauties or wonder of nature, rooms hold much of the wonder and specialness of Judaism.

Your synagogue has rooms where people pray and where they meet. Both can be vessels of kedushah, or holiness. Committees too can do sacred work. We may imagine that a meeting must be mundane, but in that room where funds are allocated for education or tzedakah, or decisions made to enable people to join and pray with the community, holiness lives.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Conversions Vote Loosens Grip Of Chief Rabbinate

Move paves the way for moderation in religious affairs.

11/05/2014
Editor and Publisher
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A young woman seeking to marry in Israel is told by the Chief Rabbinate that in order to prove that she is Jewish, and thus qualified to wed in the state, she must bring proof, via a photograph, of her grandmother’s grave in London.

Gary Rosenblatt

Rivlin Right For Israel?

The unabashedly rightist new president addressing country’s internal problems with surprising force.

11/05/2014
Contributing Editor
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When the results of this summer’s Israeli presidential election came through, I was in the dentist’s waiting room. All of a sudden, my sense of anxiety grew from the next half-hour to the next seven years.

Reuven Rivlin is seen having a chance to heal what he calls a “sick” society. Getty Images
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