Editorial & Opinion

Money Well Spent

06/18/2014
Story Includes Video: 
0

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.

Wrong Focus

06/18/2014
Story Includes Video: 
0

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?

Liberators’ Trauma

06/18/2014
Story Includes Video: 
0

 I applaud your article, “Liberators’ PTSD Now Coming Into Sharper View” (June 6), discussing the much overlooked trauma of
the WWII liberators of the Nazi concentration camps.

Orthodox Going Strong

06/18/2014
Story Includes Video: 
0

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).

Captured Hearts

06/18/2014
Editorial

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.

And Then…

06/18/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
Story Includes Video: 
0

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...”

Rabbi David Wolpe

Inching Back Toward Tradition

It's about Israelis becoming Jewish, not the secular becoming religious.

06/18/2014
Editor and Publisher
Story Includes Video: 
0

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.

Gary Rosenblatt

Korach vs. Moses: A Biblical Brawl

06/17/2014
Special to the Jewish Week
Story Includes Video: 
0

Candlelighting, Readings:
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.

Rabbi Charles Savenor

We Need A Culture Shift On Aging

06/17/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
Story Includes Video: 
0

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.

Lauren Epstein

On-Demand Judaism: Observing When It’s Convenient

06/17/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
Story Includes Video: 
0

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.

Joseph R. Rackman
Related Articles
Syndicate content