Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Editorial: Tu B’Shevat and Planet Earth

Heavy Table, the local foodie blog, recently publicized the “Haute Cuisine Tu B’Shevat Dinner,” which takes place Feb. 3 at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park. The article notes that some considerable “culinary firepower” — Chef Daniel del Prado, of Burch Steak and Pizza Bar; Chef Tony Pester, of Pescara in Rochester; Chef Thomas […]

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Editorial: Je suis Charlie?

Jews in France did not have a good year, in 2014. And 2015 is shaping up to be much worse. In last week’s carnage perpetrated by three lunatic adherents to radical Islam, 17 souls were murdered. The Jan. 7 massacre at Charlie Hebdo, the satirical tabloid newspaper in Paris — where eight staff members (including […]

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Editorial: #BlackLivesMatter

Two weeks ago, protesters gathered in south Minneapolis, outside of the Burger King at 34th Street and Nicollet Avenue. The demonstration was called to support fast food workers seeking a livable wage. Then a group split off from Burger King and headed to the I-35W freeway, where the focus of outrage became the refusal of […]

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Editorial: Civil liberties and human rights in Israel

Sharon Abraham-Weiss, executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), visited the American Jewish World offices last week. She heads the oldest and largest human rights organization in Israel. It’s the only group that deals with the entire spectrum of rights and civil liberties issues in both Israel and the Occupied Territories. […]

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Editorial: A sukka or a tipi

This week, Jews everywhere are observing the festival of Sukkot. We are commanded to live in little huts. The sukka’s thatched roof should allow the sun and the stars to shine through. Taking meals, or sleeping, in the sukka evokes the wandering of the Israelites through the wilderness, and it is a metaphor for the […]

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Editorial: A sermon not about Israel

In the way of review, in the previous AJW editorial, I mentioned that over “many years, epochal historical events have lined up with the High Holidays.” In the Sept. 12 edition, I mentioned the 1982 massacres of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, and the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. This week, […]

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Editorial: Who by fire

On Rosh Hashana it is inscribed, And on Yom Kippur it is sealed. How many shall pass away and how many shall be born, Who shall live and who shall die, Who shall reach the end of his days and who shall not, Who shall perish by water and who by fire, Who by sword […]

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Editorial: Anti-Semitism makes a comeback in Minneapolis

Our readers who know their local Jewish history are familiar with the 1946 article in Common Ground magazine by journalist Carey McWilliams. The article titled “Minneapolis: The Curious Twin” examines the “divergent anti-Semitic patterns to be found in the twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.” McWilliams found that “the pattern of anti-Semitism is much […]

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Editorial: Searching for a light out of the dim

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) issued a press release on Aug. 6, which congratulated Israel for extending a 72-hour cease-fire in Gaza. The JCRC also thanked congressional representatives in Minnesota and the Dakotas who voted to authorize $225 million in supplemental funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. Further, […]

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Editorial: Spread over us the sukka of Your peace

Rabbi Aaron Weininger, of Adath Jeshurun Congregation, called me early last week. He was in Jerusalem, with a Rabbinical Assembly (RA) and Masorti Foundation solidarity mission. The RA is the umbrella group for Conservative rabbis in North America; and Conservative congregations in Israel are referred to as Masorti. Weininger, who has been an assistant rabbi […]