Opinion

June 19, 2013

When the Jewish Education Services of North America (JESNA) closes its doors at the end of the month, it will be a quiet end for an agency that loomed large in the field of Jewish education for more than three decades. Founded in 1982, New York-based JESNA was the Jewish federation system’s central address for CONTINUE »

Parshat Chukat
BY Rabbi Yisrael Motzen
June 13, 2013

The story is told that Itzhak Perlman once came on stage to play a violin concerto. Having contracted polio at age 4, greatly impacting his ability to walk, he made his way across the stage laboriously using his crutches. He laid the crutches down, picked up his Soil Stradivarius and began tuning the instrument. All CONTINUE »

June 13, 2013

I understand the JT has to consider all views, but regarding “The Dam Is Breaking” (Your Say, May 31), this is more of that J Street, self-hating-Jew rhetoric. Norman Wolfe PikesvilleCONTINUE »

June 13, 2013

You don’t construct a good theology on bad apologetics. … Martin Stern’s May 31 letter (“Surprised”) is a tip-top example of a parochial mentality. He unabashedly places in the mouth of Maimonides words that Rambam never wrote but most likely were set forth by some commentator’s opinion as what the Rambam had intended to mean. CONTINUE »

June 13, 2013

In response to Martin Stern’s “Surprised” and Joseph Feld’s “Agree to Disagree” stringently idiosyncratic take on the “cross-dressing” verse of Deuteronomy 22:5 (Your Say, May 31), Rambam did not say what Mr. Stern attributes to him about the wearing of tzizit by women. To further elaborate, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s grandchild, Tzipporah Twersky, back when CONTINUE »