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What It Means to Have an Education Secretary Who Backs School Choice

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The Orthodox Union has backed the Donald Trump administration’s choice of Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos as its education secretary, and we think it’s an important appointment as well. (See our cover story on this by Phil Jacobs, which jumps to page 25.)

Mrs. DeVos, from Michigan, and a political ally of Vice...

Support for YU’s New President

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Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, who will succeed Richard Joel as Yeshiva University’s fifth president, is stepping into a role as vaunted as the institution he will represent.

The flagship institution of Modern Orthodoxy, a university with thousands of students, alumni, musmachim and friends among our readership base, has faced several challenges over the last decade. However, Rabbi Berman bring with him deep connections, intimate knowledge of the school’s inner workings and a rare sensitivity and understanding of world Jewry and specifically Modern Orthodoxy.

It was our pleasure to interview Rabbi Berman by phone as the news of his appointment broke, and we were heartened by his fresh...

Facing the New Reality

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An important groundbreaking conference took place earlier this week in Fort Lee.

Called “From Anti-Zionism to Anti-Semitism: Preparing High School Students for the New Reality,” attracted over 200 Jewish educators from some 85 Jewish schools all over the United States and Canada.

The November 14-15 conference was sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University and the Avi Chai Foundation. In two days of non-sugarcoated speeches, panel discussions and small-group workshops, educators, Jewish scholars and analysts discussed the new normal on college campuses, anti-Semitism that tries to hide behind anti-Israel rhetoric.

Educators were given real tools to...

This Tuesday, Don’t Be a No-Show

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After all the inspiration, not to mention all the shopping, cooking and cleaning (and eating), it’s perhaps difficult to believe that we are on the other side of the Yomim Noraim and the festive days of Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last six months, you know that the nation will be heading to the polls on Tuesday to vote for its 45th President of the United States, not to mention control of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

While we must now work to remember so much of the meaningful drashot and conversations we learned and took part in over the holidays, there was one repeated theme we did hear from time to time that...

The Days After November 8

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When we write our next editorial for the November 10 Jewish Link, there will likely be a brand-new president-elect of the United States of America.

We know there is always the chance that the election could be disputed, but it is our hope that no matter who wins, that the other candidate gets on the phone, calls and concedes. Our republic is legendary for its nonviolent transfers of power. We don’t see any change to that tradition this year.

Still, we want to talk about November and beyond. Ever since Donald Trump was debating a stage full of competitors including our very own Governor Chris Christie, and Hillary Clinton was dueling with Bernie Sanders, the angst of an 18-month saga...

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