Bintel Blog

In Other Jewish Newspapers

By Daniel Treiman

  • Print
  • Share Share

The Washington Jewish Week looks at the identity struggles of would-be converts to Judaism who have Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. “I felt the decision to convert would have been a rejection of myself,” one eventual convert recalled. “‘Why couldn’t Judaism accept me and my commitment to it without a conversion?’ I would ask myself.” The paper also found that local rabbis from the Conservative movement — which does not accept patrilineal descent — say they treat such candidates differently than they do other prospective converts.


New York Jewish Week editor Gary Rosenblatt speaks with philanthropist Edith Everett, who is angry that the Israeli government is relying on donors to meet basic social needs. “Israel has become a nation that seeks help in areas where it should be providing services itself. And if this trend continues, it makes Israel a weaker country,” she told the Jewish Week. “It’s a sickness at the core.”


A recently released Pew survey found that a quarter of young American Muslims, ages 18 to 29, said that, in at least some instances, “suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilian targets are justified in order to defend Islam from its enemies” (15% said “sometimes” or “often,” and 11% said “rarely”). The L.A. Jewish Journal tracked down one young Muslim who seems to feel this way: Ahmed Billoo, outgoing president of the Muslim Student Association at California State University, Long Beach. “Muslim or not Muslim, we all fear death. Blowing yourself up is not something everyone can do or something that everyone has the courage to do,” the 22-year-old Billoo told the Journal. “But don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying we should all go around America doing that; Palestine is a different situation. There is a huge difference between saying we should do it and saying I’m going to be a suicide bomber. I just think it is something that Islam justifies.”


The Chicago Jewish News has a lengthy report on Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz’s efforts to prevent anti-Israel firebrand Norman Finkelstein from getting tenure at DePaul University. Dershowitz told the newspaper that he considers it “very likely” that Finkelstein will be given tenure, but vowed not to give up the fight. “I will continue to be involved,” Dershowitz said. “I will urge students not to go to DePaul University. Right now I’m exposing Finkelstein; if he becomes a tenured faculty member at DePaul, I will expose DePaul.”


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: In Other Jewish Newspapers

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.




Find us on Facebook!
  • Would you get to know racists on a first-name basis if you thought it might help you prevent them from going on rampages, like the recent shooting in Kansas City?
  • "You wouldn’t send someone for a math test without teaching them math." Why is sex ed still so taboo among religious Jews?
  • Russia's playing the "Jew card"...again.
  • "Israel should deal with this discrimination against Americans on its own merits... not simply as a bargaining chip for easy entry to the U.S." Do you agree?
  • For Moroccan Jews, the end of Passover means Mimouna. Terbhou ou Tse'dou! (good luck) How do you celebrate?
  • Calling all Marx Brothers fans!
  • What's it like to run the Palestine International Marathon as a Jew?
  • Does Israel have a racism problem?
  • This 007 hates guns, drives a Prius, and oh yeah — goes to shul with Scarlett Johansson's dad.
  • Meet Alvin Wong. He's the happiest man in America — and an observant Jew. The key to happiness? "Humility."
  • "My first bra was a training bra, a sports bra that gave the illusion of a flat chest."
  • "If the people of Rwanda can heal their broken hearts and accept the Other as human, so can we."
  • Aribert Heim, the "Butcher of Mauthausen," died a free man. How did he escape justice?
  • This guy skipped out on seder at his mom's and won a $1 million in a poker tournament. Worth it?
  • Sigal Samuel's family amulet isn't just rumored to have magical powers. It's also a symbol of how Jewish and Indian rituals became intertwined over the centuries. http://jd.fo/a3BvD Only three days left to submit! Tell us the story of your family's Jewish heirloom.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.