Editorial & Opinion

Body And Soul

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:26 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 27:20-30:20;
Deuteronomy 25:17-19
Haftarah: I Samuel 15:1-34
Havdalah: 6:26 p.m.

Rabbi Neil Fleischmann

Israel Advocacy Calls For Embracing Complexity


People like to say that living in New York transforms us into creatures who are cut from the toughest cloth, but I have Israel to thank for my most fortifying experiences. I’ve lived and worked there during a time of war, have felt and seen rockets explode overhead, have hiked through miles of hidden villages and have gotten thoroughly lost in the crevices of her old cities. The most transformative night I’ve had in the country, however, happened not at the Kotel or Masada, but on a still December evening in an unassuming village near Dimona.

Defends Bibi


Following Rabbi Gerald Skolnik’s advice [in his Jewish Week blog] would mean Netanyahu should never speak to
Congress, because speaking to Congress is lobbying for something. If you
agree that the president is being too lenient/naive (as even the EU opines)
with Iran developing the bomb, then stopping a bad deal is necessary and the
only routes are lobbying or taking independent, perhaps military, action.
prefer lobbying as a first option.

Overlooked In L.A.


I am a freelance Iranian-Jewish journalist based in Southern California and
have been covering L.A.’s Iranian Jewish community since 2000.

Man On Fire


The image of a man set on fire is haunting. The fact that ISIS’ brutal act of burning alive a captured Jordanian pilot, a fellow Muslim, was performed in the name of God makes it even worse. If this is not a call to moderate and peace loving Muslims to join the battle against ISIS and radical Islam, then I don’t know what is. 

FEGS Staff


It is very disheartening to see how the suffering workers at FEGS have not
been brought to the front. (“Questions Loom In Wake Of FEGS’ Fall,” Feb. 6).

Sexual Assault On Campus


While one has to have a great deal of
sympathy for Ms. Bobs-Waksberg (“On Campus, An Assault On The Status Quo,” Feb. 6), one
has to believe that the abuse of
drugs and alcohol has an awful lot to
deal with the situation that created
date rape [or other forms of sexual assault]. Often both parties are
so high or intoxicated that making out
a case of non-consensual sex is

Wrong On Mordechai Kaplan


Andrew Fretwell misrepresents the position of Mordecai Kaplan on mixed
marriage in his online op-ed piece, “Intermarriage, Sledding And That Big, Scary Tree” (posted online). In 1956, Kaplan wrote as follows in “Questions Jews Ask”:

In Praise Of Clayton Patterson


Kudos to Lehman Weichselbaum and The Jewish Week for the article about
Clayton Patterson (“Lower Insider,” Feb. 6). We have known each other for more than 30 years and I’ve
always considered him an honorary Jew. Your article reminds me that I wanted
to buy two more sets of his three-volume anthology of “Jews: A People’s
History of the Lower East Side.” Before I could finish the 1,349 page opus, my brother-in-law borrowed the three tomes from me and it is now slowly
making the rounds in my family. I had also promised the rabbi of my
neighborhood synagogue that I was going to donate a set to the Adereth El
library. Thanks for the reminder.

Remembering Martin Gilbert

Special To The Jewish Week

Martin Gilbert, who recently died, completed the official biography of Winston Churchill and wrote many other books on Jewish, general and British history. But he was also an extraordinary mensch. I experienced his kindness myself.

Rabbi David Wolpe
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