Regarding “UJA-Federation Makes Big Day School Push” (June 13), if they don’t put the money in day schools, they might as well blow it in Vegas.
Without primary school Jewish education, we’ll be extinct in 100 years.
In response to “Federations May Advance Efforts To Promote Israeli Civil Marriage” (May 30), I wish to comment on the push for civil marriage in Israel. Are these federations so bored that they have to impose themselves on an Israeli — not an American — problem?
Sid Schwarz worries about the tragic loss of Jewish identity, acknowledging that commemoration of the Holocaust and pride in the State of Israel is simply not enough reason to get Jews serious about actually living a Jewish life (“Can Zionism Be The Answer?” Opinion, June 6).
While an anxious Israeli society awaited word on the fate of three kidnapped teenagers this week, the government in Jerusalem talked tough but was constrained by the realities of the situation. And the terror group Hamas appears protected by a thin, artificial veneer of diplomatic respectability.
Rabbi Moshe Taub pointed out to me that of the 85 sentences in the Book of Ruth, all but eight begin with “and.” Parataxis is the name scholars give to the practice of recounting a string of happenings without explanation or causality. E.M. Forster wrote, “The king died and then the queen died,’ is a story. ‘The king died, and then the queen died of grief,’ is a plot.” Children tell plotless, paratactic stories: “And he said. And I said. And then...”
It's about Israelis becoming Jewish, not the secular becoming religious.
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Micah Goodman, 39, a rising star in Israel as a philosopher, author, television personality and catalyst for change, makes a strong case that the deep divide between religious and secular Jews in Israel is narrowing.
Shabbat candles: 8:12 p.m.
Torah: Num. 16:1-18:32
Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14-12:22
Havdalah: 9:12 p.m.
‘Rocky” is my favorite movie of all time, a tale of an underdog boxer with incredible determination, getting a shot at the title. Against all odds, Rocky’s goal is to “go the distance,” to still be standing strong at the end of the fight.
Several weeks ago, just shy of her 98th birthday, my beloved grandmother passed away. While I naturally feel sadness and grief, I also feel a profound sense of gratitude, faith, and resolution. My grandmother — Nana, as we called her — lived a rich and productive life. She made a lasting imprint on all who knew her, and for the better part of her existence she was healthy and actively engaged in community life. Her final five years were characterized by the losses and ailments people typically face as they age, yet she still found ways to connect with others and make valuable contributions to her community.
Something new to worry about: It began with the conversation with one of my oldest friends, who is a trustee of the Metropolitan Opera. She noted that ticket sales were down due to the fact that people do not like to commit to subscriptions, which requires them to be in attendance at a performance at a certain time on a certain evening. She also noted that her cousin, who works for the National Theatre in London, had told her that all of the performing arts are in trouble because we live today in an on-demand world.