Editorial & Opinion

Opposite Experience

08/23/2016 - 23:50

I have had the opposite experience of Professor Hasia Diner (“NYU Prof Spurs Debate Over ‘Distancing,’” Aug. 12). I have been a member of the two largest Reform temples in San Francisco, and have left both because of their pro-Palestinian bias. The senior rabbi at [San Francisco’s] Temple Emanuel last Yom Kippur gave a sermon promoting the position of the board of rabbis that we have a moral obligation to take in Syrian refugees. Meanwhile, this temple has a full-time security guard who sits in front of a locked gate and permits entrance only to those who have an appointment. We no longer have large Israel Independence Day celebrations, as we have had in years past, because of security concerns.

Unfair Criticism Of Israel

08/23/2016 - 23:48

The Aug. 12 front-page articles, “Threading The Needle On Black Lives Matter” and “NYU Prof Spurs Debate Over ‘Distancing,’” report the anti-Israel rhetoric among certain segments of the American public that support BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel].
It is a shame that Professor Hasia Diner, who teaches Jewish American history, feels she no longer can support the only Jewish and democratic state in the Middle East.

Striking Back Hard

08/23/2016 - 23:47

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s minister of defense, appears to have changed the implicit rules of combat with Hamas this week.

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s minister of defense, appears to have changed the implicit rules of combat with Hamas this week.

The Handshake That Wasn’t

08/23/2016 - 23:47

For all of Israel’s political and diplomatic efforts to bolster its image around the world, a 10-second encounter at the Olympic Games in Rio between an Israeli judo champion and his defeated Egyptian rival brought home the message of ongoing Arab bias against the Jewish state to millions of viewers in a most powerful way.

In Praise Of Gruffness

08/23/2016 - 23:45

We are all in favor of kindness, unity and accord. But let us pause for a moment to praise gruffness, disunity and argument.

Rabbi David Wolpe

‘I Didn’t Come To Speak To The Choir’

Dani Dayan, settler-leader-turned-diplomat, plans to engage critics in seeking support for Israel.

08/23/2016 - 23:38
Editor and Publisher

My first meeting with Israel’s new consul general in New York, Dani Dayan, didn’t get off to a great start.

Netanyahu’s choice: New Israeli Consul General to New York Dani Dayan. Getty Images

Fear Strikes Out

08/23/2016 - 13:23
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 7:18 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 7:12-11:25
Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14-51:3
Havdalah: 8:17 p.m.

My toddler is afraid of lawnmowers. Every Monday morning, when our apartment complex’s groundskeepers cut the grass, he cries.

One day, he won’t be afraid of lawnmowers. What we’re afraid of changes as we grow up.

Abe Mezrich

Women’s Rabbinic Roles Accepted In Israel. Why Not Here?

08/23/2016 - 11:33
Special To The Jewish Week

Ever since the first exile of the Jewish people in 586 BCE, there have been multiple centers of Jewry. While most elements of Jewish life were centralized during the first temple era, everything changed when the leaders of the Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia.

Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

Enough On RJC

08/16/2016 - 22:18

Having grown up in the Riverdale Jewish Center and as someone still strongly tied to that community, I am dismayed by the irresponsible reporting of this paper (“Financial Woes for Riverdale Congregation,” Aug. 12). At this point Rabbi Rosenblatt (yes, we are well aware that the editor is not related) has resigned, as mutually agreed upon with the shul leadership. There is no question that the rabbi helped many individuals and families over his three decades of service to the RJC, and that he also has a family whose sensitivities need to be respected.

Not Surprised At BLM Platform

08/16/2016 - 22:18

I was surprised that Jewish Week editors and writers and left-wing Jewish groups were shocked at the anti-Israel platform of Black Lives Matter (“Threading The Needle On Black Lives Matter,” Aug. 12). Of course a group that is racist, anti-American, anti-police and far leftist would also be anti-Israel, while supporting anti-American and terrorist regimes.

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