Editorial & Opinion

Correct To Speak Out

09/24/2014
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Reading Israel correspondent Joshua Mitnick’s “Turning Their Backs On The Israeli Army” (Sept. 19), as an
 Israeli who
 served in the army, I can’t help but think:
 Who else is supposed to speak up about the danger to Israel from the
 perpetual occupation of the West Bank but those who work within it? Who else will raise the red flags about what is done in the name of 
Israeli citizens under the military occupation if not the men and
women we trust with security? 


Giving Increase For Israel And Others

09/24/2014
Executive Vice President and CEO, Jewish Communal Fund
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In “Questions Over Outpouring of Gaza War Philanthropy” (Sept. 12), staff writer Hannah Dreyfus wonders whether the surge in giving to Israel during Operation
 Protective Edge came at the cost of giving to other causes. Here at Jewish 
Communal Fund (JCF), the largest and most active Jewish donor-advised fund in
the country, we have not found that to be the case. In fact, giving to other 
causes increased 24 percent as compared to the same period the previous year. We
 imagine that as our donors went online to make their grants to Israel-focused
 campaigns, it was easy enough to make additional grants to their favorite 
charities.

Clear Choice

09/24/2014
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To paraphrase President Lincoln, Israel is the country of the Jews, by the
Jews and for us Jews (“I Have The Right To Love Who I Love,” Sept. 19).

A Test Of Values

09/24/2014
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After I read Orli Santo’s article, “I Have The Right To Love Who I Love” (Sept 19), I did not quite understand the point. 

Sleepers Awake

09/24/2014
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In explaining anti-Semitism, Maurice Samuel once wrote, “No one likes his alarm clock.” He believed that the fate of the Jews provided an early warning signal to humanity, which resented the awakening, however necessary.

Rabbi David Wolpe

A Year Of Challenges, And Hope

09/24/2014
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Dear Friends,

Every year at this time it is our privilege to report to you on the state of The Jewish Week.

At Rosh HaShanah it is appropriate to take stock of where we have been and to look forward, with renewed commitment to journalistic excellence, to the coming year.

An Inconvenient Truth

Gauging global threats, from climate change to the enemies of Israel and the West.

09/24/2014
Editor and Publisher
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I imagine that it was far easier for progressive Jewish organizations and synagogues to attract young Jews to participate in Sunday’s People’s Climate March than, say, attend a rally in support of Israel or come to synagogue on the High Holy Days.

It’s just an observation, not a value judgment, and I can’t prove it, but that’s the sense I have, based on conversations with people across the generations. And I think it bears exploring why that is and what it portends for our Jewish future.

Gary Rosenblatt

MK Nitzan Horowitz: Wars In Gaza Only Weaken Our Security

09/19/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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Two months of bloody war have ended in a fragile remission, and it is hard to say what it was all for. It took 50 days of fighting that killed 73 Israelis and over 2,000 Palestinians --including hundreds of children -- just to go back to the starting point with no real change in Gaza. And so, even as life begins to return to normal, we have no illusions that this quiet will hold for long. The next war is just a question of (short) time.

Nitzan Horowitz

One-Sided Critique

09/17/2014
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“Israel today,” Jeremy Ben-Ami tells us in “Liberal Zionism and Its Discontents” (Opinion, Sept. 12), “falls far short of fulfilling the dreams of its founders in all respects.”  In a one-sentence tour de force Mr. Ben-Ami thus writes off Israel’s 66 years of astonishing accomplishment.

Giving For Israel

09/17/2014
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Although Jonathan Mark’s article about informal donations to the IDF during
the Gaza War was a critique, it brought a smile to my face (“Buddy, Can You Spare Some Socks?” Aug. 29).

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