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What I Learned From My Impeachment Shabbat

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Probably the first and last Shabbat I ever “went to the office” was Saturday, December 19, 1998. I can pinpoint the moment because it was the day President Bill Clinton was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. I was working, at the time, as a legislative assistant to a member of the House from California, the...

Letting RJC Decide What the Future Holds

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Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt’s announced resignation from the Riverdale Jewish Center pulpit late last week will hopefully close the chapter and bring to a rest the distraction that’s hovered over the shul for close to a year.

Rabbi Rosenblatt, who has led the synagogue for over 30 years, was the subject of a New York Times article in May of 2015 that accused him of impropriety in the gym and sauna after racquetball games. While no charges were ever filed against him, the activity was deemed inappropriate by the RJC Board years before. The article and subsequent media circus caused a split between those who felt they must support their friend, mentor and rav, and those who could no...

The Loss of a Friend, Justice Antonin Scalia, 79

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America’s Jewish community lost a good friend with the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died of a heart attack last weekend at the age of 79.

Scalia, who was born in Trenton, told highly regarded attorney Nathan Lewin that when there was no Jewish justice on the Supreme Court, he considered himself the Jewish justice, according to a piece written this week by Lewin for JTA.

Lewin was referring to the time between Abe Fortas’s 1969 resignation and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s appointment to the Court by then-President Bill Clinton in 1993.

It was Ginsburg, who while disagreeing with Scalia on many Supreme Court decisions, turned out to be one of his closest...

Pondering Women’s Prayer at the Wall

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Like many Modern Orthodox Jews, we ponder the impact of the Israeli government’s recent decision to permit egalitarian, pluralistic prayer in the Kotel area known as Robinson’s Arch.

The Western Wall Plaza has a prayer area with segregated men's and women’s sections in line with Orthodox custom. The area falls under the management of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz of the Orthodox rabbinate and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

The Robinson’s Arch area will be governed by a committee going forward chaired by the head of the Jewish Agency. This includes representatives from Conservative and Reform movements, the Jewish Federations of North America, the government of Israel and Women...

Losing Three Precious Souls

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The secular year 2016 has started in a sad way. In a mere matter of days we have lost three precious Jewish souls.

Daniella Moffson, 21, of the Upper East Side and a Barnard junior, died on a volunteer mission when her bus crashed and overturned in Honduras last Wednesday.

Our tears didn’t stop on Motzei Shabbat after we learned of the death of Devorah Stubin, 22, a Passaic resident, who lost her way while driving and ended up crashing her car into the Passaic River.

If that pain wasn’t searing enough, we heard that little Chaim Kraus, 6, was fatally struck by a car that jumped the curb in Highland Park, hitting both the young boy and his mother, Ruchi, 37, as they were walking to...

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