Editorial & Opinion

The Shalit Deal

10/24/2011 - 20:00

I understand the feelings of apprehension of the parents and relatives of the innocent victims of Palestinian terrorists, but I cannot begin to appreciate those naysayers who have never been immediately affected by Arab atrocity. 

Were it not for the opportunity to free Gilad Shalit, not one of them should have been freed. Keeping them in our jails and feeding them would not have returned the deceased Jewish victims. Yet their release secured the freedom of the only innocent party in this drama, Shalit.

The World’s Silence

10/24/2011 - 20:00

This week there was great rejoicing among Hamas. And who can blame them?

More than 1,000 Arabs freed in exchange for one Jew, Gilad Shalit.

But when you think about it, you can’t help but feel shame for the Arab world. What a formula. One Jew = One Thousand Arabs. How can they not be embarrassed?
“Shetikah KeHodaah” (Silence is Acquiescence). By the world's not saying anything, it’s saying a lot.

The Bronx

Bitter Exchange

10/24/2011 - 20:00

Your editorial says of the Gilad Shalit exchange deal that “It was a noble, compassionate and tender act; only time will tell if it was the right one” (‘Impossible, Choice,’ Oct. 21). Sadly, experience tells us that we are not likely to have to wait very long to find out that the decision was a terrible mistake.

Gun Control Vs. Gun Rights

10/24/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

While I was recently giving a class at a Modern Orthodox synagogue in New York City on the topic of halachic approaches to weapons I asked this group of 25 people (most between 50-65 years old) how many of them owned guns. I expected 1 or 2 hands to emerge but was astonished to find that about 50-60% admitted to having a gun at home.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Tragedy Of The Shalit Deal

10/24/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Emperor needed new clothes. His wardrobe was not garnering admirers either on the Left or on the Right.

So his tailors pretended to stitch a stunning outfit that could only be seen by “good citizens”. 

Flashy accessories were added – slick, emotional hype: "This is the last window of opportunity."  "Gilad will be killed if we don't free him immediately." "This is the best deal that Hamas has offered." "The worst offenders will be 'exiled' to distant lands."

Judge Romney On Policies, Not Faith

10/24/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On Dec. 17, 1862, General Ulysses S. Grant issued General Order No. 11 expelling “Jews, as a class” from large parts of Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee “within twenty-four hours.” A few weeks later, following protests from Jewish groups, President Lincoln had this order rescinded. When Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise of Cincinnati met with the president on Jan.

Menachem Z. Rosensaft

Religious Courts Are Treating Agunot Unfairly

10/24/2011 - 20:00

There is a disturbing new threat to agunot — women unable to obtain a religious divorce. And only those involved in contentious divorces know about it.

Rivka Haut And Susan Aranoff

Giving Up Citizenship In One Country I Love For Another

10/24/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Editor’s Note: This essay, in the form of a letter, was prompted by the author’s decision to give up his U.S. citizenship so that he could take up a key diplomatic post for Israel in Washington.

Because I love America, it is with hesitant hands and a heavy heart that I am writing these words. I never expected to request revocation of my citizenship, and, while I certainly understand the circumstances requiring me to do so, it is important for me to share with you why I have decided to take this step.

Eli Groner

The Perfect But Imperfect Noah

10/24/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:40 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 6:9-11:32
Haftarah: Isaiah 44:1-45:5
Havdalah: 6:43 p.m.

Eugene Korn

Religious Courts Are Treating Agunot Unfairly

10/24/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

There is a disturbing new threat to agunot — women unable to obtain a religious divorce. And only those involved in contentious divorces know about it.

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