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The Silent Epidemic

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Ever since Donald Trump started campaigning for this election I have been greatly distraught. I have been anxious because it seems to me that the overall Orthodox Jewish community has been utterly blind to the danger and threat Trump has created. I don’t understand how a people who has been persecuted for nearly 5,000 years...

Trump, Who Enables Neo-Nazis, Should Not Be Supported by Jews

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I am outraged by Jews who support Donald Trump.

I am outraged by Jews who know every word in Tanach, Mishna and Gemara, which contain the words, “And a stranger shalt thou not oppress; for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt,” and yet support someone who promises to deport millions of people.

I am outraged by Jews who know every word in Tanach, Mishna and Gemara, which contain the words “the wages of a hired servant shall not abide with thee all night until the morning,” and yet support a con man who has repeatedly stiffed people who have labored for him.

I am outraged by Jews who are so very careful about tznius, and yet support a...

Election Reflections Shared With Excitement, Gratitude and Admiration

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Another election cycle has drawn to a close and the American people have chosen Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States. Many voters, of divergent political leanings, have expressed gratitude that the months of campaigning have finally wrapped up. Yet I am grateful for something else, and it’s meaningful to me personally. By nature, campaigns shine the spotlight on individual candidates. However, as any adviser to a victorious candidate knows, a campaign’s success never rests only on a single person but also on the tireless, behind-the-scenes efforts of staff and volunteers.

As a co-chairman of President-elect Trump’s Israel Advisory Committee, I have been...

J Street Is Getting It Wrong

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Once again, J Street is getting it wrong.

The group, according to the website Politico, is circulating a memo among members of the Democratic Party’s drafting committee calling for a “balanced position” that includes recognizing Palestinian claims to Eastern Jerusalem.

In a petition headlined “Support Israeli security and Palestinian rights,” J Street calls for adding language “noting concern about the expansion of settlements, which entrench the occupation and endanger peace.”

What other information does J Street need to understand that historically Israel has offered land swaps, at one point almost 90 percent of the West Bank and all of Gaza? Israel has thrown peace...

Jewish Organizations Need to Step Up

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Dear Editor,

Where are the organizations who are supposed to help, protect and advance Jewish interests and values during this time of continual attacks in college and institutional settings? Attacks are occurring throughout the United States from coast to coast. Little is being done by Jewish organizations when more should be. One of the latest attacks was on the campus of the University of California at Irvine. Recently, the film “Beneath the Helmet” was disrupted by students from the Muslim Student Union and Students for Justice in Palestine, among others. As a result of the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish actions of these groups, the police had to be called to escort Jewish students...

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