Jewish Press

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:12pm -- Rabbi Weill

Dear Friends,

I scroll and click through The Forward (www.forward.com) and find articles on Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s concern about anti-Arab sentiment among Israeli Jews, on the French prime minister’s commitment to fight anti-Semitism, and on the merging of two major Jewish publishing houses.

An editorial calls for tough diplomacy in the nuclear talks with Iran.  A columnist opines about what it means to “love Israel.”

I toggle over to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (www.jta.org) and read about LGBT inclusion in Orthodox congregations and about a meeting between Rome’s chief rabbi and Pope Francis.  The JTA links to other sites as well, including Kveller, Jewniverse, My Jewish Learning, and The Nosher.

So much to read, so little time! I sometimes wish I could spend full days plowing through newspapers while indulging in a bottomless cup of coffee and an “everything” bagel, buttered.  This would be a little taste of heaven, despite the inevitability of imbibing anxiety-inducing stories.

Leading a well-rounded Jewish life requires keeping abreast of Jewish news.  It is no less important than Torah, tzedekah, prayer, and Israel engagement. 

Happily, our people are expressive; they publish in abundance.  A universe of Jewish news sources emanate from all corners of the Jewish world.  They focus on a wide variety of stories and express the full spectrum of perspectives.

(I read papers that are liberal and conservative.  It’s important to do so.  Reading opinions that diverge from your own may yield new insights.)

I encourage you to find a couple of papers or magazines and subscribe to them.  Many are non-profits, including the Forward and the JTA.  They run on tight budgets.  We are lucky they exist, and they deserve our support. 

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. This year, honor this special day by supporting the Jewish press.

In friendship,

Rabbi Jeffrey Weill