Friday, July 28, 2017

Op-Eds

Racism in the Orthodox Community

I wanted to address one issue that was brought to my attention that I found to be very disturbing. And it’s an issue that I have probably addressed in the past, but apparently it needs to be re-addressed. It has come to my attention that there were multiple behaviors during an election-night party that could be understood, with

Lessons Learned From a Challenging Election Year

I am always proud to vote and I specifically appreciated the privilege in this year’s difficult presidential election. Choosing a candidate to vote for was one of the most difficult political decisions I have ever made. A few thoughts I wanted to share as they relate to our children and the lessons we teach them:

Israel Was Missing From the Presidential Debates

While watching the presidential debates, I kept asking myself one simple question—when are either of the candidates, or the moderators for that matter, going to mention Israel. Having been a political professional and government official for over 15 years prior to my work at the Simon Wiesenthal Center I naturally look

The Myth of Jews and Slavery

One of the enduring myths against the Jews is that they played a key role in the slave trade. The British newspaper Independent recently reported that Jackie Walker, the vice-chair of the left-wing Labor Party–linked movement, wrote on her Facebook page: “I’m sure you know, millions more Africans were killed in the African

The Myth of ‘The Age of Humdrum Terror’

In response to the continued acts of terror in Europe and the U.S., the English weekly news magazine Economist recently opined that “it seems likely that much of Europe and America will have to get used to acts of Islamist-inspired terrorism becoming, if not routine, at least fairly regular occurrences.” Israel is cited as an

Exploiting the Abuse of Arab Children to Delegitimize Israel

Palestinian Arabs have become extremely adept in attempting to delegitimize the Jewish State.  They have accused Israel of being an apartheid state, a right-wing religious theocracy, and they constantly attempt, by their various actions, to make it a pariah state, and an international war criminal. In his final speech to

Grassroots Jewish Organizations Roar

Richard Allen is not a careful, polished Jewish communal leader with a seasoned staff operating from a midtown Manhattan office, ensconced behind a stylized logo, fortified by tax-exempt donations and burnished advisors. Allen is a private businessman. He wields his entire organization from a computer in his office and, not infrequently,

Palestinian Terrorism and Muslim Hypocrisy: An Open Letter From a Muslim Woman

While millions of children got out of bed on the morning of June 30, excited for summer vacation, one child did not. A young Israeli girl, 13-year-old Hallel Yaffe Ariel, was brutally murdered in her own bed by a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist. He broke into her house and stabbed her to death. Another life lost to senseless

Why Jews Should Celebrate Juneteenth

On an intellectual level we understand that as less than two percent of Americans and as a shrinking proportional population in the larger tri-state region, it is critical for the Jewish community to embrace its neighbors and seek to forge natural alliances with other like-minded communities. Taking the leap in learning what such

The ‘Palestinian’ Lie

In the early 1990s, the Government of Israel took what remains as the single greatest risk for peace and security since the State’s independence in 1948. The gamble failed miserably. Israelis—and Jews around the world—continue to pay the price—perhaps most spectacularly in the rise of the international BDS movement specifically, and

Modern Orthodoxy Derailed—Time to Return to the Station

The train has derailed, but no one knows why. Far too much time and effort have been invested trying to hoist the railcars back up and onto the tracks, but it is not really helping.

The train is called Modern Orthodoxy, and it is clear that it has partially derailed. Disaffected and

Standing in Unity With Israel, Flaws and All

Israel’s Yom Ha’atzmaut—Independence Day—is particularly meaningful to my family. My uncle brought his family to the country from Poland in 1936, and he and my aunt fought on the streets of Tel Aviv in the War of Independence in 1948. My grandmother’s sister and her husband escaped the Nazis, making aliyah in the 1930s.

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