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Again, Words That Incite

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The New York Times has never missed a chance to tell everyone how the United States should work with Israel. No, we shouldn’t be surprised with the newspaper’s editorial board, based on its track record on Israel.

The building of homes in Amona isn’t going to stand in the way of peace between Israel and the...

From Our Families to Yours: A Sweet, Meaningful New Year

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Eighteen months of a roller-coaster presidential campaign; concerns over terrorism both domestic and abroad; the ongoing story of migrants rushing with urgency away from Syria; the constant vigilance of Israel in terms of security; and, yes, even the Mets’ hopes for a wildcard spot.

All of this and more we leave behind on Sunday evening as we prepare to face Hashem and begin the difficult, urgent work of asking for forgiveness and to be sealed for another year in the Book of Life.

The Yomim Noraim are not meant to be easy. Instead, they are here to offer meaning, clarity and hope for each Jew individually and as a kehilla kedosha.

In this editorial space where we’ve pointed out the...

The Gift of a Lifetime

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My friend and Jewish Link colleague Jenny Gans and I have a few things in common; these are not by a long shot the only reasons we are friends, but these things we have in common bind us together in a special way. First, we are not doctors, yet we both know “more than the average bear” about transplant medicine. Second, we both lost a parent too soon. Third, the end-of-life experiences, me with my father and Jenny with her mother, made us understand that a person has the power to save the life of another, and that it is incumbent upon us to spread this message.

This Rosh Hashanah, I ask you to consider the following connected four thoughts:

First, last week in our pages, you may...

Rebbetzin Jungreis’s Visit

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Before there was the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group and before there was “Students for Justice in Palestine” there was another grave threat to Jews on college campuses that sought to destroy the very essence of Jewish life. It threatened to steal college kids from their own communities, one by one. The perpetrators sought to take away the very core identity of Jewish thought, that first commandment: the concept of one God.

The millennials will likely not even know about this. Generation Y won’t either. It was all but over before my own generation X even arrived on campus, so I only know about it from family lore. The threat I am speaking of, that was mostly gone by...

Not a Standup Guy

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You are not a standup guy if you are sitting down or “taking a knee.”

Now, Colin Kaepernick, you might be doing what President Obama has called your “Constitutional right.” However, your actions have fumbled the word “right.” And with $16 million coming to you as a San Francisco 49er quarterback, a second-string one at that, we hardly wonder why you aren’t a star in this league anymore.

You defy the national anthem and the flag by saying, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.”

This is a country...

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