Editorial & Opinion

Counteract Drinking


I applaud Gary Rosenblatt for taking what I know will be an unpopular stance against the glorification of drinking at Jewish events aimed at college students and young adults.

Chabad At Dartmouth


As a college student, I am genuinely surprised that the editor and publisher of The Jewish Week could seem so out of touch with my generation’s reality. At Dartmouth, a campus with fewer Jewish students than most, Chabad exists as an unparalleled place of spirituality, education, tradition and community.

Recovering Rabbi


I am a rabbi who has been sober for 13 years and am involved in helping Jews who are suffering from addiction or the pain of seeing a loved one or family member suffer. I have spoken on panels for UJA-Federation about substance abuse in the Jewish community and am a rabbi for JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others) and a member of its board as well.

Tarnished And Trivialized


We are writing in response to Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Back Off On The Bacchanalia” (April 1), which grossly misrepresents the appeal, mission and reality of TribeFest, the recent three-day conference in Las Vegas in which 1,300 North American Jews ages 22 to 45 discussed Jewish issues, explored their role in the community and engaged in Jewish life.

Diagnosing Morality: The Gravity Of Words


Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 7:09 p.m.
Torah Reading: Lev. 14:1- 15:33
Haftarah: II Kings 7:3-20
Sabbath Ends: 8:10 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

On Passover, Dare To Dream

Special To The Jewish Week

 ‘In every generation each person should see themselves as if they personally were part of the exodus from Egypt.” So says the Talmud (Pesachim 116b), but what does that really mean? Is it possible to do as most classical commentaries suggest — engage in a psycho-spiritual transformation which crosses the boundaries of time and space, to actually see ourselves as if we are leaving Egypt?

Poland’s Foreign Minister Misspeaks On Restitution

Special To The Jewish Week

By disparaging the U.S. government’s support of demands that Poland compensate Jews for property stolen from them during the Holocaust, Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski exacerbated the firestorm created by his government’s peremptory decision to walk away from long-promised restitution legislation for spurious economic reasons.

Jewish Hotel Ethics

Special to the Jewish week

Hotel workers are among some of the most poor and abused laborers in America today. Over 90 percent of hotel housekeepers have reported suffered work-related pain due to the demands of the job. How can the Jewish tradition inform an authentic Jewish ethic for hotel guests?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Back Off On The Bacchanalia

And lay off the booze-for-young-Jews outreach model.

Editor And Publisher

One of the dirty little secrets of Jewish outreach efforts to young people — particularly to college students and those in their 20s — is the use of alcohol to entice them.

The most recent case in point was TribeFest, a five-day gathering sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America to attract people in the 22-to-45 age range.

Gary Rosenblatt

The Latino-Jewish Challenge


Last week’s census data on the explosive growth of the Latino community and a poll released this week by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding points to a significant challenge for Jewish community relations officials in the years to come.

Now 16 percent of the overall population and growing rapidly, the Latino community is coming into its own culturally and politically — and by rights should be a critical ally of a much smaller Jewish community.

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