Tribal vs. covenantal Judaism

by Phil Jacobs Executive Editor “Street Torah.” Rabbi Sidney Schwarz taught numerous Jewish high school students a different way of experiencing Judaism. The lesson was part of Panim: The Jewish Institute for Leadership and Values founded by Schwarz in 1988.

P.A. Street

P.A. Street Marc Greidinger challenged me to visit J Street’s website (“Go to the website,” Letters, WJW, May 16). I took that challenge. To be sure the website offers politically correct support for the state of Israel, but, on page after page, J Street criticizes Israel, makes demands of Israel, while endorsing all things Arab…. Read More

The unclear message in telephone data

Reaction to revelations that the U.S. government is secretly collecting data from an estimated 3 billion phone calls a day, as well as from nine major U.S. Internet providers, has been of two general varieties. One has been a shrug, that the same information has long been gathered by Internet companies to enrich their coffers,… Read More

What peacekeepers are – and are not

On June 6, when the Syrian army retook the Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights from anti-government rebels, it crossed into the demilitarized zone that has separated Syrian and Israeli forces since 1974. When that happened, Israel threatened to strike Syrian tanks, according to a leaked U.N. document. In response, Syria promised to fire solely… Read More

My father’s tallit

by Rabbi Steven C. Wernick For working parents of school-age children, the logistical relay race that constitutes our daily lives often makes us feel like we are contestants in a Beat the Clock-style game show.

More than just knaidel

by Rabbi Eric Linder Knaidel …. K-N-A-I-D-E-L … Knaidel. With that utterance, Arvind Mahankali won the 86th National Scripps Spelling Bee. Arvind is a 13-year old Indian-American living in Bayside, N.Y. Only in America. Here’s a kid of Indian descent that won a coveted American spelling bee championship yesterday due to his correct spelling of… Read More

Navigating health-care policy

by William Daroff Sandy Teplitzky is a lawyer in Baltimore who represents health-care providers every day. Last week, his Jewish activism took him to Washington, D.C., as co-chair of a summit organized by The Jewish Federations of North America that focused on the critical changes in the delivery of health care and the implementation of… Read More

Mark Cohen on Allan Sherman

“So he did something very important, and I think we’re still living in the Allan Sherman moment. He helped to invent the American Jewish personality that we see everywhere today,” biographer Mark Cohen says.

Frank Lautenberg

Last week, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was honored by Hillel at its annual dinner in New York City. He was cited for a lifetime of work on behalf of the Jewish people, both inside the Senate and in the broader community. The five-term senator was too ill to attend the celebration, so his wife, Bonnie,… Read More

The search for truth in the Argentina-Iran commission

On May 29, Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused Iran of infiltrating South America and setting up sleeper cells, similar to the one that carried out the deadly attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires in 1994. Iran’s foreign ministry rejected Nisman’s accusation with the dismissive statement that “due to the prosecutor’s background… Read More