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A Practical Approach to Addressing the Day-School Tuition Crunch

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Unaffordable yeshiva tuition often seems like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but no one does anything about it. Like so many challenges facing our community, we are content to blame the “system,” assuming there is someone both responsible for addressing the concern and equipped to do so. But, despite our kvetching...

The Jewish Left’s Anti-Semitism Problem

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Jewish progressives have a serious problem with anti-Semitism. They deny it where it’s obvious, and fight passionately against it where it doesn’t exist.

In 2017 alone, the Jewish left has embraced Keith Ellison, Linda Sarsour and Rasmeah Odeh. It has savaged President Trump, Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka.

Who are these people?

Ellison is a former spokesman for Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam. Sarsour is a Hamas supporter and BDS advocate. Odeh is a terrorist, convicted of murdering Jews because they were Jews.

President Trump has embraced visibly observant Jews, and the State of Israel, with a warmth virtually unprecedented among world leaders. Steve Bannon is a staunch...

Sunday School—An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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Among the many aspects of the Modern Orthodox community of which we should be proud, the Modern Orthodox school system is perhaps the finest. Modern Orthodox schools produce highly educated and refined youngsters who have excellent backgrounds in both limudei kodesh and chol. Modern Orthodox schools integrate the lessons of modern psychology, educational theory and Chazal, all with the need to constantly fundraise and navigate the complex landscape of students, parents, communities and the broader educational world. At the school I educate my children, I am frequently awed by the marvelous dedication of the administration and staff. Thus, to be absolutely clear, by my making a small...

Our Job #1: Fighting Anti-Semitism Whatever the Source

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Perhaps it was the lead-up to Purim. Perhaps it was the unprecedented and incredibly divisive Clinton-Trump presidential campaign. Perhaps it originates with the alt-right or, with equal possibility, the alt-left.

The ugly truth is that American Jewry is confronted with an array of threats.

To cite just a few:

*Six waves of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers across the nation, including our own local ones in New Jersey such as the JCC on the Palisades, along with those in Edison, Cherry Hill and Scotch Plains. Most of these incidents’ origins remain unsolved, with it continually unknown if the responsibility lies with domestic extremists, far-right or far-left or even...

Misunderstanding the Causes of Anti-Semitism

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The events of recent weeks have revealed a surprising abundance of self-proclaimed experts on the causes of anti-Semitism.

A Jewish ex-New York Times reporter, writing on the op-ed page of the Washington Post on March 3, declared that “the growing examples of anti-Semitism”—the bomb threats and cemetery desecrations—were “enabled, if not inspired, by [President Donald] Trump’s white nationalism.”

The leader of one Jewish progressive group recently suggested the president is engaged in “outright advancement” of anti-Semitism. At the other end of the political spectrum, the president of a small Zionist organization asserted, without evidence, that the anti-Semitic...
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