Editorial & Opinion

Silencing Women's Voices: Time To Speak Up

Special To The Jewish Week

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

Tender Mercies: A Time To Comfort

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:55 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 3:23-6:11
Haftorah: Isaiah 40:1-26
Havdalah: 8:59 p.m.

The scene is all too familiar. The husband (let us say) of a friend has died — suddenly, from a massive heart attack — and you are getting out of your car for a shiva call. You thought you might be out together, enjoying a movie this Saturday night. Instead you are visiting on Thursday, and you wonder what to say when you get inside.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Claims Conference Reforms Continue

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Much has appeared in the Jewish press about the Claims Conference over the past several weeks, including a report by Jewish Week editor Gary Rosenblatt, relying on material from letters that I wrote (“Claims Conference Facing New Pressures,” July 17).

Robert Goot

How Not To Influence Friends In Congress

‘Stop Iran Now’ rally was great theater, but mocking our national leaders is not the way to go.

Editor and Publisher

“Senator Schumer, I’m looking at you,” conservative talk radio personality Monica Crowley announced defiantly during last Wednesday’s grassroots “Stop Iran Now” rally in Times Square. She was figuratively addressing Chuck Schumer, the key New York politician who could help reverse U.S. approval of the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Gary Rosenblatt

The ‘Truth’ About The Iran Deal

A former U.S. Mideast negotiator throws some doubt on supporters’ and critics’ certainties about the pact.

Special To The Jewish Week

One thing that critics and defenders of the Iran nuclear agreement seem to have in common is the certainty, conviction and authority with which they present their views. It’s an historic breakthrough; no, it’s an historic catastrophe; it’s this agreement or war; and my favorite — this deal sucks; negotiations, more sanctions or threat of military force could have produced an infinitely superior one. The latter is simply unknowable. Indeed, it’s at times like these that I’m reminded of Tennyson’s wonderful quip that “there lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.”

Aaron Miller

Loving A Potato, Loving A Woman


Editor’s note: Tu B’Av (literally, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av) is marked this weekend, a day that in ancient times was celebrated through matchmaking for unmarried women. It has been revived in modern Israel as a kind of Valentine’s Day, celebrating love.

Why The Iran Deal Could Be Good For Israel

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The agreement over Iran’s nuclear program marks the end of an era. The 20-year-long effort to strip Iran of any ability to dabble in nuclear science or weapons has officially failed.

Mark Lavie

A Cry For Jewish Religious Equality In Israel

Even the Modern Orthodox are victims in the kulturkampf waged by Orthodox parties.

Special to the Jewish Week

The avalanche of controversial events surrounding issues of religion and state in Israel and the attacks on liberal expressions of Judaism — even in Modern Orthodox form — have been unending in recent weeks, and there is no end in immediate sight.  

Rabbi David Ellenson

Facts About The South


Jonathan Mark’s fine [job on his] piece on Judah P. Benjamin notwithstanding (“The Lost Cause, Jewishly,” July 17), it is important you correct the inaccurate historical note.

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