Silencing Women's Voices: Time To Speak Up

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I was riveted by the recent story of an Orthodox Israeli young woman, Ophir Ben-Shetreet, who sang beautifully on the Israeli talent-search program, “The Voice,” and as a result was suspended from her Orthodox school for two weeks because of the prohibition against women singing in public if men are present.  Ophir’s performance and evident charm inspired people around the country.  The judges praised her as “modest” and “pure,” and she could serve as a role model for young Orthodox women who feel the desire to express themselves and develop their talents.  Instead, she was condemned.

'The Heritage Of All Israel'

Founder of Tel Aviv's secular yeshiva, also a Knesset member, leads Israel's parliament in study and prayer.


Editor’s Note: Ruth Calderon, founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv, spent several years living in New York recently, teaching at the JCC in Manhattan and other venues. This was her inaugural speech in the Knesset this week as a member of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party.

Ruth Calderone

The Broken Tablets’ Eternal Message


On Sunday, July 5, we mark the fast of the 17th of Tammuz. The fast commences a period of mourning of The Three Week, concludes with the fast of Tisha B’Av.

UN Human Rights Report On Gaza: A Moral Travesty


When it comes to the report of the United Nations Human Rights Council on last summer’s war in Gaza, even some Israeli journalists have commented that it is more even-handed than past reports because it looks at Hamas violations of international law as well as Israel’s.

Abraham H. Foxman

A Case For More Teen Israel Trips

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In two months, approximately 60,000 Jewish freshmen will start the next stage of their lives on North American college campuses. Two types of offers will beckon them.

Left, David Bryfman; Steven M. Cohen

Defining The Line Between Anti-Semitism And Criticism of Israel


We should never hesitate to condemn anti-Semitism, whether it is the traditional version directed at Jews or the newer version targeting Israel’s legitimacy. But we also have to be very careful about distinguishing Israel-related anti-Semitism from criticisms of Israeli policies.

The Paradox Of Poland

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I am in Poland. Sent here by the United States as Fulbright Senior Specialist whose mission is to teach and give lectures in my specialty: the sociology and anthropology of Jewry. I am to teach a short course to undergraduates in the Wroclaw (once Breslau, when the city was part of Germany) University Jewish Studies Program, offer lectures in Krakow’s Jagellonian University, and speak at other academic and community venues in both cities as well as in the capital, Warsaw. Except for a short weekend when I attended a conference here, I have never been to Poland — but Poland has been a part of my life since before my birth.

Samuel C. Heilman

NYC Metzitzah Policy Is ‘Insufficient’

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As Jewish physicians we feel a special responsibility to speak out on health matters that uniquely affect the Jewish community. The policy recently adopted by the City of New York to respond to herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection risk as a result of a certain form of ritual circumcision is inadequate. For Jewish medical professionals to remain silent during this discussion would be, in our judgment, inappropriate.

In Charleston, At The Corner Of Pain And Hope


Last Shabbat in the Torah service we read the last words recorded in the Bible uttered by the people of the first generation that left Egypt but did not reach the Promised Land.  After all of the struggles and challenges and the sins and death and destruction, they plaintively ask, ha-im tamnu ligvoah? -“Have we come to the end of our dying?” or, left unspoken, will such tragedies continue and continue?

Flaw In U.S. Policy

Even the PLO recognizes Israel’s right to West Jerusalem.

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Maariv’s headline blared, “Final Judgment: U.S. Citizens May Not Register ‘Jerusalem’ as Place of Birth.” The news portal Walla! headlined its story, “Supreme Court in U.S. Ruled: Someone Born in Jerusalem Cannot Be Registered as Israeli.”

Panorama: part of West Jerusalem. Wikimedia Commons
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