Monday, June 26, 2017

Op-Eds

Israel Critics Accidentally Admit There Is No ‘Occupation’

Noted literary couple Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have discovered a new cause: the evils of “the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians.”

Having become experts on the subject after one brief visit to a few sites in the region, Chabon and Waldman have now edited an anthology of essays

A Practical Approach to Addressing the Day-School Tuition Crunch

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, we rarely

The Jewish Left’s Anti-Semitism Problem

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

Sunday School—An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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

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

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

Misunderstanding the Causes of Anti-Semitism

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

Victimized by Fake News: Setting the Record Straight on Matthew Kelly Speaking at BRS

Fake news doesn’t distinguish between parties or victims. At the end of his term, former President Obama bemoaned the explosion of fake news and current President Trump has referenced the phrase often since entering office. This month,

Moving the American Embassy Would Send a Very Powerful, Long-Overdue Message

The fear that President Donald Trump might fulfill his campaign promise to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has caused considerable angst for PA Chairman Mahmoud and Jordan’s King Abdullah, who met to discuss what steps can be taken to prevent the move. As expected, Abbas claimed this decision “is more than a

‘If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Forget Her Cunning’

Arab response to the decision by US Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) to introduce The Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act, legislation to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, has been predictable.

Palestinian Arab

The UN: ‘The World Center of Anti-Semitism’

On December 23, 2016, the UN  Security Council passed Resolution 2334, which “reaffirmed…that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the

Join the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Its Fight Against BDS in Our Local Communities

“Who today under the flag of the BDS movement calls to boycott Israeli goods and services speaks the same language in which people were called to not buy from Jews. That is nothing other than coarse anti-Semitism.”

While I have had the opportunity to testify before many municipal governing

Racism in the Orthodox Community

I wanted to address one issue that was brought to my attention that I found to be very disturbing. And it’s an issue that I have probably addressed in the past, but apparently it needs to be re-addressed. It has come to my attention that there were multiple behaviors during an election-night party that could be understood, with

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