Editorial & Opinion

Critical Of #BlackLivesMatter

07/20/2016 - 00:38

The Jewish Week article, “Jewish Groups Walk Tightrope On Racial Tensions” (July 15), understated the concern of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) about the ADL’s promotion of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. 

Stranger, Sibling, Self

07/20/2016 - 00:36

Jacob fools his father and steals his brother’s birthright. Esau swears to kill him. Decades pass. Jacob hears that Esau is coming with 400 men. Yet when they meet, instead of vengeance, they fall on each other’s necks and weep. Why?

Rabbi David Wolpe

Standing Up To Bullies, Here And In Israel

07/20/2016 - 00:35
Editor and Publisher

Lately I have this feeling that the world is increasingly out of control. Most obvious are the frightening terrorist attacks from ISIS and its allies around the world, and growing tension and violence between blacks and the police here, underscoring a deep racial divide.

Gary Rosenblatt

A Year Later, Iran Deal Still Divisive

07/20/2016 - 00:34
Editorial

Consistent with every other aspect of the Iran nuclear deal, which seeks to restrict Tehran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, there are two sharply opposed narratives regarding the success or failure of the landmark agreement one year after it was signed.

Conduct Becoming, Or Unbecoming?

The conscientious objector case of Tair Kaminer.

07/19/2016 - 17:22
Contributing Editor

Tair Kaminer’s father was kvelling when I talked to him this week. As far as the Israeli mainstream is concerned, his daughter, 19, is trying to melt away the glue that holds Israeli society together, but he was full of pride.

Tair Kaminer holding a sign that says “Refusing,” a reference to her refusal to serve in the IDF.  Facebook

Why Curse The Israelites?

07/19/2016 - 17:09
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:02 p.m.
Torah: Num. 22:2-35:9
Haftorah: Micah 5:6-6:8
Havdalah: 9:02 p.m.
Tammuz Fast: Sun. 5:46 a.m.-8:19 p.m.

Bil’am, the Aramean prophet who is engaged by the Moabite king Balak to curse Israel — but ends up blessing the Israelites instead — is one of the more colorful, and comic, characters in a Torah replete with colorful characters.

First off, who is Bil’am?

Jerome A. Chanes

A Travesty Of Rabbinical Justice In Israel

07/19/2016 - 15:09
Special To The Jewish Week

In April of this year, a rabbinic court in Petach Tikvah was approached by a convert of mine to open a file for marriage with her young Sephardic chattan (groom). When the court found out she was a giyoret (convert), she was informed that I was not known to the Petach Tikvah rabbis and that, therefore, she would have to undergo a second conversion in order to be married in Israel.

Haskel Lookstein

Israel’s Choice Is Not Between Occupation and Peace

07/19/2016 - 13:02
Special To The Jewish Week

Reports from the recent Herzliya Conference have sparked renewed debate over whether the pro-Israel community should partner with J Street in the fight against BDS on America’s campuses. Those who support this partnership highlight Israel’s collapsing popularity among young progressives and argue that only J Street can provide the left-wing connections and credibility needed to compete for this cohort.

David Brog

On Rabbi Lookstein’s Judgment

07/18/2016 - 16:03

I was privileged to have Rabbi Lookstein as a teacher during my rabbinic studies at Yeshiva University. While his class met only one day a week for a year, the practical advice that he offered was based on Torah scholarship, his many years of experience and his desire to mentor a next generation of Jewish leaders.

Rabbi Shalom Baum

The Haunting Voice Of The Refugee

Responding to the great moral challenge of our time. A first-hand report on the Syrian refugee crisis.

07/18/2016 - 13:50

The question:  Should we allow a large number of refugees to come to the United States to live?  The answer in a Gallup poll was 21 percent yes, 72 percent no, and seven percent had no opinion.  This is not about our response to the Syrian refugees today; it comes from a 1938 Gallup Poll about allowing European Jews into the U.S.

Tortured for his views: Mazen al-Hamada made his way to Amsterdam after imprisonment for criticizing the Syrian regime.
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