Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Op-Eds

The Myth of Jews and Slavery

One of the enduring myths against the Jews is that they played a key role in the slave trade. The British newspaper Independent recently reported that Jackie Walker, the vice-chair of the left-wing Labor Party–linked movement, wrote on her Facebook page: “I’m sure you know, millions more Africans were killed in the African

The Myth of ‘The Age of Humdrum Terror’

In response to the continued acts of terror in Europe and the U.S., the English weekly news magazine Economist recently opined that “it seems likely that much of Europe and America will have to get used to acts of Islamist-inspired terrorism becoming, if not routine, at least fairly regular occurrences.” Israel is cited as an

Exploiting the Abuse of Arab Children to Delegitimize Israel

Palestinian Arabs have become extremely adept in attempting to delegitimize the Jewish State.  They have accused Israel of being an apartheid state, a right-wing religious theocracy, and they constantly attempt, by their various actions, to make it a pariah state, and an international war criminal. In his final speech to

Grassroots Jewish Organizations Roar

Richard Allen is not a careful, polished Jewish communal leader with a seasoned staff operating from a midtown Manhattan office, ensconced behind a stylized logo, fortified by tax-exempt donations and burnished advisors. Allen is a private businessman. He wields his entire organization from a computer in his office and, not infrequently,

Palestinian Terrorism and Muslim Hypocrisy: An Open Letter From a Muslim Woman

While millions of children got out of bed on the morning of June 30, excited for summer vacation, one child did not. A young Israeli girl, 13-year-old Hallel Yaffe Ariel, was brutally murdered in her own bed by a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist. He broke into her house and stabbed her to death. Another life lost to senseless

Why Jews Should Celebrate Juneteenth

On an intellectual level we understand that as less than two percent of Americans and as a shrinking proportional population in the larger tri-state region, it is critical for the Jewish community to embrace its neighbors and seek to forge natural alliances with other like-minded communities. Taking the leap in learning what such

The ‘Palestinian’ Lie

In the early 1990s, the Government of Israel took what remains as the single greatest risk for peace and security since the State’s independence in 1948. The gamble failed miserably. Israelis—and Jews around the world—continue to pay the price—perhaps most spectacularly in the rise of the international BDS movement specifically, and

Modern Orthodoxy Derailed—Time to Return to the Station

The train has derailed, but no one knows why. Far too much time and effort have been invested trying to hoist the railcars back up and onto the tracks, but it is not really helping.

The train is called Modern Orthodoxy, and it is clear that it has partially derailed. Disaffected and

Standing in Unity With Israel, Flaws and All

Israel’s Yom Ha’atzmaut—Independence Day—is particularly meaningful to my family. My uncle brought his family to the country from Poland in 1936, and he and my aunt fought on the streets of Tel Aviv in the War of Independence in 1948. My grandmother’s sister and her husband escaped the Nazis, making aliyah in the 1930s.

Preparing the Next Generation for Jewish Communal Advocacy

I was a lucky one. While I had little if any substantive knowledge of the forces that drive public policy matters that any Jew would be concerned about, I did have a burning desire to somehow make a difference. I was 21, a Brooklyn College junior, who believed that he was a political maven, and compared to my contemporaries I might very

Who Is Really Endangering the Future of Judaism in Israel?

Every Friday night, I help run a “Carlebach” service in Beit Shemesh. It’s a unique service that brings together Jews from all backgrounds to pray, sing and dance on a weekly basis. While closing up the synagogue this past Friday night, a Hasidic man in his early 30s who was at this service for the first time approached me

An Historic Opportunity: Why I Support Senator Ted Cruz for President

On September 9, 2015, hundreds of Orthodox rabbis from throughout the country assembled on Capitol Hill, less than a week before Rosh Hashanah, to protest the nuclear deal with Iran. While the official White House website states, “The Iran Deal blocks the four pathways to a nuclear bomb,” those opposed to the deal were not as

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