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

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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...

Why Jews Should Celebrate Juneteenth

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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 relationship building entails and substantively acting upon those findings is something that much of our future communal successes depend on.

When I was elected to the Englewood City Council, among my first legislative actions was to follow up on a commitment that I had made to the local African-American community—to have an Orthodox Jew introduce the...

The ‘Palestinian’ Lie

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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 more broadly, in the rebirth of a virulent, open Jew hatred of a kind not seen since the decade leading to the Holocaust.

The risk was Israel’s willingness to abide by a lie. It happened in September 1993, when Israel acknowledged the existence of a “Palestinian people” in the Oslo Accords. Any attempt to understand why so many people slander...

Modern Orthodoxy Derailed—Time to Return to the Station

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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 disillusioned constituents, confused messages, significant and frequent “defection” to “Traditional Orthodoxy” or to non-Orthodoxy, and overall lack of palpable inspiration on the part of many of Modern Orthodoxy’s adherents have prompted interesting solutions to get back on track: Carlebach minyanim, independent minyanim, Neo-Chassidus, Tikkun Olam–centered Orthodoxy, liberal intellectual...

Standing in Unity With Israel, Flaws and All

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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. My brother, sister, first cousin and their families all have made aliyah. Two nephews and a niece are now serving in the Israel Defense Forces.

As I was growing up, Israel was an ever-present part of my life, and my father consistently spoke of the Jewish state from his pulpit. I’ve visited the Jewish state more times than I can count and have seen...

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