Editorials

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Editorial | The Journal Sh’ma Falls Silent

For 50 years, Sh’ma was a journal that asked questions and promoted discussion about Judaism and the Jewish world, exploring ideas that challenged conventional,...
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Editorial | A New Focus for the Jewish Agency

What has been marketed as a “rebranding” of the 90-year-old Jewish Agency for Israel is more than the cosmetic change that word suggests. At...
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Editorial | Elijah Cummings and Morton Mandel Enriched Our Lives

The deaths last week of two prominent men — with very different backgrounds, career paths and areas of involvement and interest — were a...
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Editorial | Labor’s Risky New Rule

Last week the Trump administration proposed an expansion of the exemption that allows federal contractors who claim to be acting under principles of religious...
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Editorial | DNA Is No Answer

In a ruling last week, Israel’s Supreme Rabbinical Court made clear that DNA testing cannot be used to answer the religious and politically sensitive...
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Editorial | Journalist Gary Rosenblatt’s Legacy

Last week, Gary Rosenblatt, the editor and publisher of the New York Jewish Week, announced his retirement. In the world of Jewish journalism, the...

Editorial | A Measles Resurgence

Measles — the childhood scourge that many believed was largely relegated to history — has made a significant resurgence both in Israel and in...

Bridge-Building Philanthropist Dies at 67

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews founder Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who died Feb. 6 at age 67, is being remembered this week by politicians,...

A Change in the NoKo Narrative

“If I have to say I’m sitting on a stage with Chairman Kim and that gets us to save 30 million lives — it...

The Secret to Unity

Here’s the secret to fostering unity in a Jewish community and for attracting people who have never been involved before: Bring all the rabbis...