Opinion

Parshat Acharei Mot
BY Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
April 10, 2014

It is fascinating that our Bible commands us to perform the laws and statutes of the Lord and then it adds “and he shall live by them.” Would any moral individual think to perform laws that could cause them to die? Our Sages use this seemingly superfluous phrase to teach a most important lesson, one CONTINUE »

April 10, 2014

Thanks for the Foundry Row update (Foundry Row Moving Forward,” March 28). It seems like there were a lot of unnecessary travails in this journey: competing developer battles, referendum fights and public claims of “done deal” before the zoning process even started. While I am excited about Wegmans, I believe Councilwoman Vicki Almond could have CONTINUE »

April 10, 2014

Jimmy Carter revealed his anti-Israel bias in his mendacious book “Palestine: Peace not Apartheid”, while others do the same by promoting Israel Apartheid Week on college campuses nationwide. In a recent letter (“Simply Amazing!” March 28), Barry Hashem cast his lot with this sordid crowd. Not content to relate his anti-Israel views in his own CONTINUE »

April 10, 2014

In response to “America’s Other Pastime” (April 4), I would like to add a dimension not addressed in the article. Five friends and I played mah jongg for over 30 years every Monday night no matter what the weather. We are now octogenarians; some are no longer with us. There was a component of hineh CONTINUE »

Parshat Metzora
BY Shira Pomerantz
April 3, 2014

“When the heart cries, only God hears/The pain rises out of the soul/Hear Israel my God/now I am alone/Make me strong/make it that I won’t be afraid.” Parshat Metzora is about purity and impurity. It is about skin disease, rashes and eruptions on the body, clothing and dwelling. These are not the most pleasant of CONTINUE »