Editorial & Opinion

God Fears The Death Of A Friend

08/31/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:

Shabbat candles: 7:08 p.m.

Torah reading: Deut. 29:9-31-30

Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9

Sabbath ends: 8:11 p.m.

 

 

Freema Gottlieb

Making A Jewish Case For Giving

Reviewing the laws of charity leads to educated philanthropy.

Staff WriterSpecial to The Jewish Week
08/31/2010

If our destinies in the coming year can be changed by repentance, prayer and charity, then let’s start out with the easiest of the three: tzedakah. With minimal effort we can help the many organizations and individuals who ask us for assistance at this season. After all, we are mandated by Jewish law to give a tenth of our earnings to charity. It would be interesting to know what percentage of the Jewish community takes this practice seriously.

Rabbi Jill Jacobs’ book combines a liberal emphasis on social action with a respect for traditional Jewish sources.

The Case for Jewish Day Schools: Toward A Bright Future

08/31/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

 A provocative question is circulating in the Jewish community: Can day schools survive, given the reality of reduced philanthropic support in this economic climate? While this is a vitally important question, it misses two salient points.

First, there is strong evidence that the day school field is not only surviving, but is a resilient, thriving enterprise. Enrollment decreases this past year were smaller than originally feared; we have seen significant enrollment growth at 50 non-Orthodox schools nationwide; and school closures, while painful, have been few.

ADL Defends Stance On Islamic Center

08/31/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

There have been many mischaracterizations of the position of the Anti-Defamation League with regard to the proposed Islamic center/mosque in the shadow of Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan. In fact, we believe that our position is completely consistent with ADL’s historic posture on a number of themes.

ADL Defends Stance On Islamic Center

08/31/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

 There have been many mischaracterizations of the position of the Anti-Defamation League with regard to the proposed Islamic center/mosque in the shadow of Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan. In fact, we believe that our position is completely consistent with ADL’s historic posture on a number of themes.

Time To End The Reform-Orthodox Wars

08/31/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

With the renewed seasonal outbreak of the Reform-Orthodox wars, I cannot see myself as a mere bystander, inasmuch as the letter by Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar, is addressed to me, as an official town rabbi. (See).

Rabbi Naftali Rothenberg

Jewish Weddings on Shabbat: A Different View

08/27/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

My friend and colleague Rabbi Leon Morris has made a provocative call for a moratorium on weddings performed before the end of Shabbat on Saturday evening. He argues that such weddings undermine the sanctity of Shabbat and send the wrong message about the demands of Jewish commitment.

The Drive-by Sin

08/25/2010

We are deluged by rumor, gossip, tall tales masquerading as truth. Good names are sullied and reputations ruined at the careless push of the “send” button. In an age of loose talk, Jewish teachings on improper speech have never been more important.

When The Dialogue Deteriorates

08/25/2010

You should see some of the outrageous mail we receive each week.

On second thought, you shouldn’t. And that’s what I want to explore here this week.

We at The Jewish Week have always felt that our role was not only to report the news, but to become a forum for discussion and debate among our readers on any and all the issues we cover in an increasingly diverse community.

Gary Rosenblatt

Swastika’s Meaning Is Clear

08/25/2010

 As a Holocaust survivor, I was appalled to read “ADL Downgrades Swastika As Jewish Symbol” (July 30). Will the ADL “downgrade” the Holocaust next? For the ADL to state, as it is reported, that the swastika “is no longer considered an act of ant-Semitism” is an absolute outrage. That statement being endorsed by Abe Foxman, national director of the ADL, himself a hidden child during the Holocaust, makes the ADL’s position even more preposterous.

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