Editorial & Opinion

Opposes Iran Deal On Nukes

10/29/2014
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What possesses President Obama to be driven to conclude a nuclear agreement with the Iranian regime — even if it is weak, problematic, and flawed, which strongly favors Iran? (“On Iran, ‘No Deal’ On Nukes Looking Better,” Editorial, Oct. 24)

John Jay’s President Responds To Jewish Students' Harassment Complaints

10/29/2014
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Regarding “‘Hostile Environment’ For John Jay Jewish Students” (Oct. 17): At John Jay College, we pride ourselves on being a welcoming and respectful community of students, staff and scholars, dedicated to our mission of “educating for justice.” So I am deeply troubled, both personally and professionally, by recent reports that Jewish students at John Jay College have felt intimidated and harassed on our campus.

Terror Victim Sought To Become Jewish

Young Ecuadorian woman’s path to Judaism was slowed by complicated conversion laws.

10/29/2014
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Jerusalem — Karen Mosquera, the latest victim of terrorism in Israel, was buried in world’s most revered Jewish cemetery on Monday — the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. She was laid to rest by a charedi burial society, and mourned at the funeral by large Orthodox crowds from Jerusalem and Bnei Brak.

Mourners observe the body Karen Mosquera during her funeral Monday. Getty Images

The Need To Give

10/29/2014
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An old and venerable Jewish joke: Rabbi Cohen answers his phone.

“Hello?” “Hello, is this Rabbi Cohen?” “Yes, it is. “This is the Internal Revenue Service. Do you have a congregant named Samuel P. Schwartz?” “Yes I do.” “Did he in fact donate $25,000 to the synagogue building fund?”

Rabbi David Wolpe

Don’t Write Off European Jewry

Serious threats, but sparks of renewal.

10/29/2014
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For many American Jews the well-documented reports of increased anti-Semitism this summer in such countries as England, France, Hungary, Germany and Sweden, sparked by the Gaza war, only confirmed a perception that there is no future for Jewish life in Europe.

Gary Rosenblatt

Bibi Takes On The World

10/29/2014
Editorial

Jeffrey Goldberg, correspondent at The Atlantic, cites this editorial in his own warning to the Israeli leader. 

The diplomatic rift between Washington and Jerusalem reached a new low this week. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon’s snub by senior members of the Obama administration was made public here, a week after his U.S. visit, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to build more than 1,000 new units in Jerusalem neighborhoods beyond the Green Line, fully aware of the negative response it would receive in America and in the international community.

Who’s Taking Care Of The Rabbi?

10/28/2014
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Many important conversations have resulted from the Rabbi Barry Freundel episode. (The spiritual leader of Congregation Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., has pleaded not guilty to charges that he used a hidden camera to watch women in his synagogue’s mikveh.) These dialogues touch on a variety of interrelated concerns — safeguarding mikvaot, the vulnerability of converts, the need for clear reporting policies regarding allegations of improper conduct, and the need for greater involvement of women in the power centers of religious life. A less-discussed but equally critical topic is the psychological health and well-being of our clergy.

Michelle Friedman

After Ferguson: A Call For Intercommunal Dialogue

10/28/2014
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Ninety years ago this month, the Ku Klux Klan paraded through Princeton, N.J., in a cavalcade of early automobiles. Back then the area was known as hotbed of Klan activity. But the students of the time would have no truck with the Klan. And 800 undergraduates descended on the menacing convoy to tear off their white hoods.

Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson

An ADL That Supports A Two-State Solution Should Understand Settlements' Significance

10/28/2014
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When Israel announced its latest round of settlement construction in East Jerusalem, American Jewish leaders should have expected criticism of the action from the United States government. Such criticism reflects a 40-year U.S. policy stance that remains central to US-Israeli diplomacy, in addition to unprecedented military and material support for the Jewish state.

Gabriel Erbs

The Road To Jerusalem

10/28/2014
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:36 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 12:1-17:27
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16
Havdalah: 6:35 p.m.

A war breaks out, four tribal kings battling against five. Lot, Abram’s nephew, is captured, and Abram — his name not yet changed to Abraham — immediately arms and allies a force of his own to rescue Lot. Abram’s allies are victorious and Lot is returned.

Rabbi Jill Hausman
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