Editorial & Opinion

A Judaism Of Joy

08/16/2016 - 22:04

Growing up in my parents’ home, there was only one thing that was permitted to be thrown inside the house — challah.

Each Friday night after the blessing on the bread, my father would break up parts of the challah and throw it around the table. He began with my mother, who became very adept at snagging her piece. Some memorable catches were executed, as well as some incomprehensible misses. But by that simple gesture we began each Shabbat meal in an atmosphere of joy.

David Wolpe

Boomers Or Bust For Jewish Community

Headnote: 

Targeting youth, organizations miss out on recruiting baby boomers for volunteer projects.

08/16/2016 - 22:02
Editor and Publisher

Rabbi Laura Geller, who recently retired at 66 after more than two decades as spiritual leader of an 800-family Reform temple in Beverly Hills, Calif., is deeply involved in her next career. She and her husband, Richard Siegel, 69, former director of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, are founders of the first faith-based village in the country. It’s called
ChaiVillageLA, a creative effort to allow people to remain in their homes and communities as they get older, helping one another in a variety of ways based on Jewish values.

Can Jewish groups keep activist baby boomers like these in the fold? Flickr Creative Commons

Respecting The Right To Private Property

08/16/2016 - 17:35
Special To The Jewish Week

The contrast between what is legally permissible and what is right was put into sharp relief in a recent ruling by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal regarding Holocaust restitution. The court upheld the constitutionality of legislation that would limit the rights of claimants in Warsaw.

Gideon Taylor

A Solution To The Water Crisis?

Headnote: 

A regional approach with Mideast partners playing to their strengths is a tantalizing possibility.

08/16/2016 - 13:40
Contributing Editor

Summertime in Israel has changed forever. The weather is as hot as always, but the age-old fear of the country drying out as the sun beats down has vanished, and the nervous wait for the winter rain is a thing of the past.

One of Israel’s five desalination plants, which produce 600 million cubic meters of water a year, much of it for domestic use.

The Promise Of Redemption

08/16/2016 - 13:38
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat Candles: 7:29 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 3:23-7:11
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26
Havdalah: 8:28 p.m.

Abraham Unger

A New Approach To Dealing With Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox

08/11/2016 - 12:05

In recent years, a dramatic social, political and legal struggle has been waged against the ultra-Orthodox “society of scholars” in Israel.

Women’s Rabbinic Roles Are Accepted In Israel. Why Not Here?

08/11/2016 - 11:47

Ever since the first exile of the Jewish people in 586 BCE, there have been multiple centers of Jewry. While most elements of Jewish life were centralized during the first temple era, everything changed when the leaders of the Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia.

 Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

The Morning After

08/09/2016 - 22:05

On Tisha b’Av, we are reminded of the destruction of the Temple and other tragedies in Jewish history. Ritual is both an aid to memory and an insistence that our sorrow be within limits.

Rabbi David Wolpe

No Choice

08/09/2016 - 22:04

From the very beginning, Donald Trump reminded me of my youth, when the neighborhood bully was a 15-year-old kid who pushed his weight around to demonstrate his toughness.

Early Detection For BRCA

08/09/2016 - 22:02

As a participant in the day long symposium representing the New York based Israel Healthcare Foundation, I was particularly proud that this gathering and subsequent announcement took place in Israel and under the auspices of the Clalit Health System and Soroka Medical Center.

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