Editorial & Opinion

The Loser Now Will Be Later To Win

06/21/2016 - 22:27

The great chess master Savielly Tartakower used to say that the winner of a game was the one who had made the next to last mistake. Note he did not say the one who makes the most brilliant moves. Tartakower knew that brilliancy depends on error. 

Rabbi David Wolpe

The Perils Of Power

06/21/2016 - 22:26

The latest arrests in the city’s widening fundraising and police corruption scandal, with three Jewish businessmen alleged to be key figures in the case, are cause for communal reflection about the prospects and pitfalls in courting influence from politicians and police officers, those who enact the laws and those who uphold them.

The End Of ‘Bulletproof Bibi’?

With support from left and right, former defense chief seen posing serious challenge.

06/21/2016 - 22:22
Contributing Editor

Even in the volatile world of Israeli politics, it was a fiery speech. The man who, until a month earlier, had headed the government’s defense policy, more or less told his country’s 8.5 million citizens that he’s been feeding them an alarmist picture of their security.

Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. Getty Images

Growing Pains And Rebellion

06/21/2016 - 12:12
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:13 p.m.
Torah: Num. 8:1-12:16
Haftorah: Zechariah 2:14-3:7
Havdalah: 9:13 p.m.

In Beha’alotcha the Israelites start to complain about their situation, wandering in wilderness. This is before they even know the duration of the journey, nor do they know that their generation will not emerge from the wilderness intact.

Beth Kissileff

Ethiopians In Israel, At 25: A Mixed Report

06/21/2016 - 12:04
Special To The Jewish Week

Twenty-five years ago last month, the world was captivated by images of the dramatic airlift that brought 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel from amidst a raging civil war.

Gideon Taylor

Do We Not Bleed Equally?

06/21/2016 - 11:53
Special To The Jewish Week

“If you prick us, do we not bleed?”

“The Merchant of Venice,” Act III, Scene 1

Donald Trump said that a judge of “Mexican heritage” would not adjudicate his case fairly.

Is this surprising? Not really. Many appearing before judges advance this variation on “the teacher doesn’t like me.”

Isaac Steven Herschkopf

The Tuition Crisis At 20: What Now?

06/20/2016 - 16:24
Special To The Jewish Week
  • “Day schools ... are having trouble paying their bills. The problem is, the predominant sources of their income — parents — are having even more trouble keeping up with rising tuitions.”
  • “The Jewish community has virtually disowned those of us of moderate income.”
  • “It has been said, only partly in jest, that the high cost of day school education promotes birth control.”
Jeff Kiderman

Forget The Two-State Solution

06/15/2016 - 08:48

The “two-state solution” has long been dead. Polls of Arabs in Judea and Samaria clearly indicate that nothing short of a one-state solution — the eradication of Israel and the “return” of the Nakba “refugees” — will please them. Until and unless there is an Arab leadership to end the campaign of hatred against Israel, there is no hope of a peaceful solution.

Progressive Success

06/15/2016 - 08:46

In the June 10 issue of The Jewish Week, no fewer than five articles address various aspects of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign against Israel’s legitimacy. I was disappointed, but sadly not surprised, that none of them mentioned the importance of the progressive Zionist voice in combating these attacks.

Mixed Message

06/15/2016 - 08:20

Gary Rosenblatt wrote an impassioned message to our college-bound youth about their Jewish identity, which I applaud (“For Grads, Lean On Heritage In Campus Wars,” June 10).

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