Editorial & Opinion

Post-Election, An Unbecoming Sense of Doom

Special To The Jewish Week

On the morning after last week’s Israeli elections, Knesset member Zehava Gal-On wrote the following to supporters of Meretz, the left-wing party she chairs:

Elli Fischer

Pour Out Your Love?

This year’s anti-Semitism must have a place at the seder table.

Special To The Jewish Week

What will Jews do this year?

Passover is a time of joy and freedom, anticipation and redemption. And because we are strong and free, we can afford one pointed flash of anger. After the meal, we traditionally open the door for Elijah and say three biblical verses of vindictiveness that begin “Pour out Your wrath…” Shfokh hamatkha al ha-goyim. We crave justice. We seek revenge. We ask that our enemies get their just desserts for all of the irrational hatred we’ve suffered. We note the spilled venom of centuries that has taken innocent Jewish lives.

Erica Brown

Time To Study The Seder

Special to The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 6:57 p.m.
Torah: Lev. 6:1-8:36
Haftorah: Malachi 3:4-24
Havdalah: 7:57 p.m.

It’s Shabbat Hagadol again, the “Great Shabbat” that precedes the seder. No one knows exactly how this anticipatory Shabbat got its name — no Jewish source uses it until the Middle Ages, by which time, no one remembered what it meant.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Redefining Freedom

At the heart of the Passover story: service to others.

Special To The Jewish Week

What’s a three-word phrase that celebrates freedom? How about this: At your service. The ability and willingness to serve lies at the heart of the Passover story and remains so to this very day.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

Which Bibi Will We Get?

Foxman: Right-of-center charedi government ‘tougher to defend.’

Editor and Publisher

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to appeal directly to Israel’s nationalist camp in the final days of the election campaign appears to have paid off, at least in the short term.

Gary Rosenblatt

Bibi And Bougie: The Odd Couple

Netanyahu, Herzog need each other, but expect a bumpy ride.

xEditor and Publisher

The turnout in Israel at the ballot box on Tuesday was high, but now it all comes down to the real election, consisting of one man’s vote. That would be President Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin, who decides whether to offer the chance to put together a governing coalition to Likud’s Bibi Netanyahu or Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog.

Gary Rosenblatt

What About Israel?


Is Rabbi David Saperstein kidding? (“Spreading The Message Of Religious Tolerance,” March 13.)

Birth Control Article Out Of Control


 The article, “Birth Control, Jewish Law Collide At Stern” (Feb. 20), is generally fair and well written, but it contains some major misrepresentations that should be corrected.

Obama To Blame


The article, “AIPAC Handcuffed By Speechgate?” (March 6) tells us of AIPAC President Howard Kohr’s concern as to “how this speech has come about.” 

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