Editorial & Opinion

Jewish And Black Pride

03/19/2012 - 20:00

Regarding “Crossing The Sambatyon” (March 16), professor Ephraim Isaac, speaking of the treatment of Ethiopian Jews, said, “this is not a racial issue, it is one of ignorance.”

Unfortunately your article left out the word “not,” changing the statement’s meaning.

Ethiopian Jews In New York

03/19/2012 - 20:00

The evening described in Jonathan Mark’s article, “Crossing The Sambatyon” (March 16) was meant to highlight how far Ethiopian Israelis have come in the short amount of time they have been living in Israel.

Some very bright young members of the Ethiopian Israeli community were on a panel that evening, including Dina Lakao, who came from Israel and is studying law at the IDC in Herzliya, and Avidor Baruch, who along with Yaniv Jamber is a Fulbright scholar. They are in the master’s in business program at Brandeis. 

Gaza Rockets, Hypocrisy

03/19/2012 - 20:00

Last week hundreds of rockets were launched by Palestinian terror groups from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas (“Iron Dome Eases Anxiety In Israel’s South,” March 16). Despite successful interception of many rockets, one million people fell under threat.  Dozens were injured, including one critically; 200,000 children had to stay home for days in bomb shelters instead of going to school, an unfortunate but wise precaution, given that an Israeli school was hit by a rocket barrage.    

Unfair Comparison

03/19/2012 - 20:00

Abraham Foxman has charged that I am “in many ways no better than Farrakhan or Buchanan” (“Russell Simmons’ Blind Spot For Bigotry,” Opinion, March 16). I am proud of my work as a patriot and a passionate Zionist; to be compared to Jew-haters by a man who styles himself a leader of the Jews is abominable.

Greg Smith And The Case For Moral Courage

03/19/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Could Greg Smith, the Goldman Sachs executive who set off a firestorm last week by publishing a scathing resignation letter on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, have been motivated to speak out against his former employer because of his Jewish heritage? So suggested Paul Berger on the website of The Forward.  “What if Smith, a South African Jew, was simply continuing a South African Jewish tradition of speaking truth to power?” Berger mused. 

Eyal Press

Lessons From Beren’s Legal Challenge

03/19/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On the morning of Feb. 28, Alyza Lewin of the law firm, Lewin & Lewin, invited me to participate in a conference call to discuss a burgeoning controversy involving the basketball team of the Robert M. Beren Academy, an Orthodox day school in Houston. 

Alyza and her father, the venerated constitutional lawyer, Nathan Lewin, had been informed the preceding evening by Etan Mirwis, whose son is the Beren team captain, that Beren was on the verge of forfeiting eligibility for a Texas state championship slotted to be played over the upcoming Shabbat. 

Salt Of The Earth

03/19/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:53 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 1:1-5:26; Exodus 12:1-20;
Numbers 28:9-15
Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18
Havdalah: 7:53 p.m.       

Rabbi Neil Fleischmann

So, You Want Your School To Be More Like Camp?

03/19/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘We should make our school more like camp” has been a popular refrain lately. It is impossible to spend time at a Jewish overnight summer camp and not be moved by the intensity of relationships, depth of spirit, and pure joy that imbues the setting. The off-season is a time for camp memories, keeping up with camp friends, and generally biding one’s time until the next summer.

Jeffrey S. Kress

Airing Israel’s Problems

03/12/2012 - 20:00

In light of the intense geopolitical climate in the Middle East and around the world, American Jews across the political spectrum are likely to agree that Israel stands at a crossroads. Israel’s policy choices both at home and abroad inevitably carry a significance likely to be felt for decades to come, and therefore must be undertaken with utmost caution and sensitivity.

Unfair On AIPAC

03/12/2012 - 20:00

Why did The Jewish Week allow James Besser to mount a front-page attack against mainstream AIPAC on the eve of its policy conference (“Political, Communal Divisions, Pose Fresh Threats to AIPAC,” March 2)? It is Besser who is sowing the “divisions” by smearing Israel’s center-right government as “hard line” and AIPAC’s American supporters as increasingly “hard line,” “one-issue” and tied to settlers, even though AIPAC is overwhelmingly mainstream and pluralistic. 

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