Lopsided Presentation

The JT’s recent piece on the “Death With Dignity” bill did a fine job outlining the positions of the bill’s  proponents (“Jewish Community Split on End-of-Life Issue,” Jan. 8). In terms of balance, though, it was rather lopsided: one small — and hardly compelling — quote from Rabbi Ariel Sadwin (director of Agudath Israel of… Read More

Israeli Espionage

The JT’s editorial “No Reason to Spy” (Jan. 8) notes that “there is an asymmetric relationship at play”  in the U.S.-Israel relationship.  Precisely! If there is one overriding, super-salient fact that sets the Jonathan  Pollard case apart from that of other Americans caught spying for  so-called friendly or neutral countries, it is this: Not only… Read More

Balance of Rights

President Barack Obama has set his sights on the rights that gun violence has taken away. (PHILIP COBURN)

In announcing executive action to reduce gun violence across the nation last week, President Barack Obama called for balancing Second Amendment gun rights with other liberties. As he did so, he recited a litany of those whose elementary rights were taken away by gun violence: The “right to worship freely and safely … was denied… Read More

Living with a ‘Softened Heart’ D’var Torah - Parshat Vaera

The Torah portion Vaera describes a conflict between God and Pharaoh with Moses as God’s messenger. Moses asks Pharaoh to free the slaves. Pharaoh not only refuses, but increases the Israelites’ burden. God says to Moses that He will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and for this, Pharaoh and all of the Egyptians will be punished with… Read More

‘The Greatest Feeling’

Editorial Director

The way a child sees the world is truly astonishing, and those parents (or uncles, aunts, siblings, babysitters and teachers) among us who are privileged, for even a moment, to enjoy a glimmer of that unique combination of wonder and certainty are truly blessed. I’ve written about this before, but holding my own kids up… Read More

Don’t Endanger Americans

Syrian immigrants pose a grave  danger to all Americans —  and  especially to American Jews and gays. Top Obama administration officials testified that Syrian refugees cannot be properly vetted. As FBI Director James Comey stated, “We can query our databases until the cows come home, but nothing will show up because we have no record… Read More

Seeing Through the Transparency Bill

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s bill most certainly would promote intimidation. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)

Under a bill introduced by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of the right-wing Jewish Home party and approved by the Israeli Cabinet on Dec. 27, new rules are going to be imposed on Israeli nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that receive funding support from foreign governments.  According to supporters, the Shaked bill is a “transparency bill” designed to… Read More

Rabbis Ignore Facts

I agree with Rabbis Marla Hornstein and Ary Lorge in their support of Planned Parenthood. (“A Choice That Needs Protection,” Dec. 18).  However, I cannot understand why the rabbis are blinded by the exposure of Planned Parenthood’s selling of fetus body parts. They state, “The  alleged evidence documenting such behavior has been shown either not… Read More

Breaking Our Silence

The body of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh, surrounded by relatives, is carried at her funeral in the Palestinian village of Duma. (Oren Ziv/Getty Images)

The images are shocking. Celebrants at a Jewish wedding in Jerusalem dance to a rock band while brandishing assault rifles, guns, knives and a fake Molotov cocktail, and repeatedly stab a photograph of Ali Dawabsheh, the 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who was murdered along with his parents by Jewish  terrorists in the West Bank village of… Read More

The Responsibility Is Ours and Ours Alone

First of all, thanks to the JT for publishing its most recent articles on cemeteries, “Honoring Those Who Came Before Us” (Dec. 18). From my perspective, the issues burdening our cemeteries come from multiple layers. And there is no quick fix because the amount of rot within the root system has caused the decay portrayed… Read More