Editorial & Opinion

On YU Sex Abuse Case, You Can’t Hide From God

01/14/2015
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On the third night of this past Chanukah, attorney Kevin Mulhearn sent a draft of a complaint against Yeshiva University High School for Boys to a group of plaintiffs who say they had been sexually abused as students.(I am not one of the plaintiffs, although I left the school after one year due to what I perceived as physical abuse.)

Rabbi Chaim Gruber

King And Heschel: Moral Grandeur And Spiritual Audacity

01/14/2015
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On June 16, 1963, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel sent a telegram to President John F. Kennedy accepting an invitation to attend a meeting of religious leaders to discuss the growing racial tensions in the country. It read in part:

The author, right, with Mickey Shur (now Rabbi Moshe Shur), center, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

His Brother’s Keeper

01/13/2015
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:35 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 6:2­9:35
Haftorah: Ezekiel 28:25­29:21
Havdalah: 5:39 p.m. 

What makes Moses, Moses? He is certainly the consummate prophet, the man of God whose code of law commands us to this very day. He took a bedraggled people from slavery into freedom. However, the central characteristic of Moses was his love of the Jewish people.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

When The Terror Hits Home

Niece of kosher supermarket victim reflects on the City of Light, hit by darkness.

01/13/2015
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Last Saturday night, a day after the terror attacks in Paris, my father called to say that my uncle, Philippe Braham, was killed as he was checking out at the Hyper Cache kosher supermarket, just before Shabbos. He was murdered in a neighborhood I know well, Porte de Vincennes, a few minutes away from my high school, and a mere 10-minute ride from my childhood home. He was one of mine, a relative, but together with all the other victims of the horrific crimes last week, he was also one of ours.

Philippe, who was 45 when he was killed last Friday, was anyone who has ever run into a grocery store with plans to run back out in a few minutes, just as the cartoonists killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack were anyone who has ever exercised their right to speak their mind. We fought for these rights in Europe and in the United States, first for some, then for all, regardless of opinion, religion, race or gender.

History books say that we won the battle. Yet, while the Jewish community in France was shocked and shaken by the events on Friday, we were also aware of a lengthy history of targeted violence.

I remember when everyday life in France began to change.

Mouchka Heller and her uncle, Philippe Braham, who was killed at a kosher market on Jan. 6. Courtesy of Mouchka Heller/Getty
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01/12/2015
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How Vulnerable Is Israel To War Crimes Charges?

'Proportionality' is not the issue -- but the 'Hannibal Directive' might be.

01/12/2015
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For now at least, the Fatah party leadership of the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas has given up on direct bilateral negotiations with Israel, and is seeking other means to advance the Palestinian national cause. Apparently this involves joining the International Criminal Court and charging Israel with war crimes or other violations of international law. (The United Nations has just approved the Palestinian application for ICC membership to begin April 1.)

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Starved For Inclusion

Many Jewish programs do not accommodate teens with special dietary needs.

01/08/2015
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When you think of celebrating Jewish culture, one of the first things that come to mind is the food we eat. However, these meals are hardly comfort food for those of us with severe allergies or medical conditions that require dietary restrictions. While holiday meals and simchas can be exciting events for any Jewish person, being restricted by what you can eat means celebrations can become a trial and participating in them often becomes a hassle.

Writer Rachel Chabin advocates for inclusion for teens with special dietary needs.

Judaism Is Elementary

01/07/2015
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I am a great fan of mystery novels. I have read more than I can count, along with books about the history of the genre, and have many favorites. Part of the joy is that mysteries both illuminate extremes of human character and satisfy our craving for justice, usually with a clever puzzle thrown in. From Poe’s Dupin, often reckoned the first fictional detective, through Holmes and the golden age of Bentley, Christie and up to Rex Stout, P.D. James, Connolly and Jo Nesbo today, the detective usually represents, however imperfectly, the thirst for what is right.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Why Bother To Read?

01/07/2015
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In his Opinion piece about the need for Jewish organizations to support Jewish
journalism, David Suissa claims that young Jews no longer attracted to
ritual Judaism could become connected through reading Jewish
newspapers (“Why Judaism Needs Journalism,” Jan. 2).

Pollster Opposites

01/07/2015
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Regarding “Taking America’s Pulse On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” (Jan. 2), the statistical sampling techniques used in poll taking produce results within a range, and those results are a function of how the questions are asked, to whom they are directed and numerous other factors. Even where the polltaker is highly respected and uses reputable sampling techniques, the results often vary. 

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