Editorial & Opinion

Survey On Synagogue Dues


Regarding the article, “Synagogue Dues And Don’ts” (April 10), several questions must be answered for a reader to think that the results
stated in the UJA-Federation study of voluntary pledging, are valid, reliable and not spurious. 

Synagogue Dues


The article about voluntary synagogue dues is generally good. (“Synagogue Dues, And Don’ts” (April 10). However, it
seems to focus on dues being expensive.

Disagrees With Everett


Arguing that there is nothing the U.S. can do to get the other major powers to stop Iran, Edith Everett (Opinion, April 17) asks: “If President Obama could not demand of Israel, our closest and most dependent ally, a cessation of settlement building, a relatively simple request, can he make demands on China and Russia, our generally unreliable negotiating partners?”

Agrees With Everett


Edith Everett’s recent Opinion column, “Why The Iran Deal Makes Sense”
(April 17), is a levelheaded perspective on the Iran nuclear deal and an
all-too-rare exposition of the prevailing opinion within the American Jewish

One Reason For Survival


Menachem Rosensaft is a deep thinker and eloquent writer about the Holocaust (“Extending The Holocaust Legacy,” Opinion, April 17).

The Legacy Continues


Menachem Rosensaft’s Opinion piece, “Extending The Holocaust Legacy” (April 17), caused me to reflect on my childhood, which led to my serving as head librarian at Martef Hashoah.
I was born in Transylvania and both parents
and older brother are survivors, each with a story. When we fled Communism, we
were first headed to Haifa via Italy with HIAS assistance. But at the last
minute, an uncle, a Holocaust survivor, was found in the U.S., and he agreed to
sponsor us. So I wound up in America, for most of my life, until I made
aliyah, and commenced a new career in Holocaust studies.

The First Genocide, A Century Later


On April 24, nine days after the Jewish community has commemorated its losses during the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah, another ethnic-religious minority marks its own searing 20th-century tragedy.

Learning And Legacy

Special To The Jewish Week

Readers of the Gilgamesh epic are often struck by its similarity to the Bible story. There is a man created from earth who loses paradise, who accepts food from a woman, who is clothed after nakedness, a massive flood, a perfidious snake and much more. Gilgamesh tells of a quest for immortality, and in that quest we see an important distinction.

Rabbi David Wolpe

A Woman’s Plight, A Community’s Shame

The situation of chained wives accounts for so much silent suffering.

Editor and Publisher

Last Wednesday night my wife and I saw the gripping Israeli film “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” about the years-long effort of a woman to receive a religious divorce from a husband she no longer can abide. On leaving the theater we heard a woman at the end of our row say in an accusatory way to a woman seated nearby, “I’m not Jewish but I understand that Jewish men thank God every day for not making them a woman.”

Gary Rosenblatt

March’s Lesson Remains Powerful

An academic’s critique of March of the Living misses the mark.

Contributing Editor

Brzezinka, Poland — A group of Polish soldiers, in full uniform and with their national flag, stood pensive as Hebrew music blared on loudspeakers across Birkenau. “May peace be within your walls,” sang the sweet female voice.

Nathan Jeffay
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