Why are female directors silent about Roman Polanski’s arrest after 31 years on the lam? Indeed, why are male directors rushing to his defense? And why pin this only on Hollywood?
Israel’s new year got off to a promising start with a rare dose of good news on its most troubling battlefront: the Iranian nuclear threat. As it happened, Iran was also high on the agenda in New York when the world’s leaders gathered for the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly, right after Rosh Hashanah. The good news is that Israel was on the same side as the rest of the world for a change, while its worst enemy was the bad guy.
Time was when a boycott demanded personal sacrifice as an expression of political protest. But the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement against Israel will have none of that. Its adherents seem to be most interested in sullying Israel’s name and delegitimizing the state.
In light of the incivility plaguing American discourse, also reflected in the Jewish world, we have a suggestion for an addition to the list of sins for which we ask forgiveness in this season of repentance.
In releasing ambitious guidelines to marry new ethical standards with the traditional laws of kashrut, the leaders of the Conservative movement are taking a bold step to align it with a Judaism that cares as much about social justice as it does about ritual practice. But the success of this endeavor depends on whether rank-and-file Conservative Jews will care as much about ritual practice as they do about social justice.