Editorial & Opinion

New Incentive For Combating Child Abuse

03/29/2016 - 19:04

We welcome the news this week that at least a dozen influential philanthropists, including Lynn Schusterman and Jay Ruderman, have joined in a pledge to only support Jewish schools and camps that act “to prevent, report and investigate sexual abuse of minors.” (See story on page 10.)

Forget Brazil, Hello New York

03/29/2016 - 19:04

On the surface it appears that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sought to resolve one diplomatic problem by creating another — ending a standoff with the government of Brazil over his 2015 appointment of Dani Dayan to serve as ambassador by reassigning the former leader of the settler movement to the post of consul general in New York.

Responding To RCA

03/29/2016 - 19:03

Regarding Rabbi Shalom Baum’s Opinion column, “Do We Need Another Modern Orthodox Organization?” (March 25), the resounding answer is, unfortunately, yes.

Walk Out Or Stay?

03/29/2016 - 19:01

Many of us who attended the AIPAC conference last week grappled with the dilemma of whether to attend or walk out on Donald Trump’s speech, given that he has espoused bigoted and divisive statements (“Wrong Takeaway For Trump,” Editorial, March 25).

A Political Cautionary Tale

03/29/2016 - 13:37
Special To The Jewish Week

Once upon a time, in the year 2016, a miracle happened.

There was a man with golden hair and small hands who dominated the kingdom. One spring day, he decided he did not want to rule. Unsure he knew enough about foreign policy, he humbly consulted experts and decided he was unfit to be ruler of the land. He didn’t know how to solve immigration issues, and he finally confessed that he had not read more about the Iran deal than anyone else. He realized that he couldn’t change Obamacare, could not decide on one enduring hair color or bring Middle East players back to the negotiating table.

Erica Brown

A Genesis Reprise In Leviticus

03/29/2016 - 11:57
Special To The Jewish Week

Shabbat candles: 7:03 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 9:1-11:47; Numbers 19:1-22
Haftorah: Ezekiel 36:16-38
Havdalah: 8:03 p.m.

Shemini opens with “on the eighth day,” with Moses telling Aaron to bring “a young calf for a sin offering … and a meal offering mingled with oil,” to the Tent of Meeting. “And Moses said, “and the glory of God shall appear (vayera) to you … and offer the (sacrifices) and make atonement for them” [Leviticus 9:1-7].

J.J. Gross

Taking On BDS: ‘It’s The Narrative, Stupid’

03/29/2016 - 10:35
Special To The Jewish Week

Israel’s strategic affairs minister, Gilad Erdan, recently convened a group of 150 Jewish leaders from 20 countries to plan, and begin to coordinate, the Jewish world’s response to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, which has targeted Israel in the economic, academic and professional spheres for 10 years. On its surface, this leadership from the Israeli government is welcome news. For the most part, BDS opposition globally has been largely uncoordinated and inconsistent. 

David Eisner

Lighting A New Flame

03/29/2016 - 10:03
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting: 6:55 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 6:1-8:36
Haftorah: Jeremiah 7:21-9:23
Havdalah: 7:55 p.m.

Though focused on the Mishkan (Tabernacle), Tzav has much to teach about relationships.

Rabbi Charles Savenor

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

03/28/2016 - 14:37

The leadership in the United States Senate has indicated that it will block any vote on filling the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy — a move that makes it clear that our elected officials are more concerned about delaying justice than delivering justice to the people they claim to represent.

Nancy K. Kaufman

On Moving To The Right

03/23/2016 - 09:41

I read Gary Rosenblatt’s interesting column on [the grassroots group] PORAT (“Giving Voice To Inclusive Orthodoxy,” March 11), but I found one line particularly disturbing.
“Since then,” it read, “Modern Orthodoxy has in many ways moved further to the religious right, in part driven by young people who return from a post-high school gap year or two of yeshiva/seminary study in Israel with a more rigorous commitment to ritual observance and to strict separation of the sexes, influenced by the religious teachings of their rebbes in Israel.”

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