Editorial & Opinion

AJCongress Accomplishments


As a former executive director of the American Jewish Congress (1971-‘78) and someone who spent 25 years as a lawyer and administrator at the organization, I would like to add some comments to Tamar Snyder’s July 23 article “AJ Congress Rides Off Into the Sunset?”

Rage on the Airwaves


Vigorous debate about the many challenges that face America is welcome. But there is something disturbing about the extremes to which so many of today’s radio and television talk show hosts go in tapping deep wellsprings of rage as part of the all-important quest for top ratings.

The ongoing conflict between Fox News host Glenn Beck and the Jewish Funds for Justice offers a window into this dynamic.

A Wise Hold On Lebanon Aid


U.S. military aid serves a variety of purposes. Sometimes – as in the case of Israel – it is intended to help a close ally defend itself; other times, it is meant mostly to keep a bad situation from getting worse.

A Sense Of Justice

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:

Shabbat candles: 7:40 p.m.

Torah reading: Deut. 16:18-21:9

Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12


Rabbi Abraham Unger

Orthodox Solidarity with Frum Homosexuals

Special to the Jewish Week

Three leading Modern Orthodox rabbis and personal teachers of mine (Nathaniel Helfgot, Aryeh Klapper, and Yitzchak Blau) recently released a statement of principles on how Orthodoxy can and must relate to homosexuals in our community.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

On Rotem Conversion Bill, Focus Should Be On Israel

Conversions of Russians trump concern over Chief Rabbinate hegemony.

Editor And Publisher

 I’m having second — and third — thoughts about the wisdom of rejecting outright the controversial conversion bill in Israel.

Before you get too worked up about that statement, please hear me out.

Gary Rosenblatt

Judge Kindly


‘Judge everyone favorably,” teaches the Mishna. In my years in the rabbinate I have found this is a principle we observe very strictly when it comes to ourselves. We always put our own actions in a favorable light: “I was only trying to help!” or “I only said it out of concern” or “I’m not mean — you are too sensitive!” But when it comes to others, we are too willing, even eager, to assume unflattering motivations. 

Honoring The Enemy


I am appalled and offended by Hillel Levine’s remarks that we should “restructure” our Yom Hazikaron to honor “those lost lives on both sides” (“’Historical Conciliation’ As Key To Peace?” Editor’s Column, July 30).

Should America “restructure” its Memorial Day or Pearl Harbor commemorations to honor those Germans and Japanese who bravely fought and died in World War II? Should we erect a statue to Ho Chi Minh at the Vietnam Memorial? 

Deliberate Distortion


 It is perplexing and astounding that The Jewish Week should publish a JTA report that abstracts and highlights an article from the New York Times that deliberately distorts and misinforms with the headline “N.Y. Times: U.S. Tax-Exempt Donation Support Settlements” without mentioning the many indictments of this blatantly biased “news report” by groups such as Honest Reporting, Camera, Commentary and many others.

Coercive Religious Policies


Human rights, freedom of religion, mutual respect for each other’s rabbis and rites, and good citizenship are values dear to the vast majority of Jews around the world (“Conversion Crisis Could Threaten Pro-Israel Effort,” July 23).

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