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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Editorials

The Fox and the Scorpion or the Lion and the Lamb?

Tosefta are still being written on the Iranian Nuke deal by pundits, politicos, ponderers and opinionator. But Jewish leaders around the world, members of the U.S. Congress and the Senate, including Bibi, are fuming, saying it accomplishes nothing, and some going so far as to compare it to Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler. Is it a dangerous deal?

Looted Art: Ah, The Mystery

The German police find 1400 paintings worth a billion or more in a tax evader’s (and hermit’s) apartment, and tell no one until the story is leaked to a German magazine. The fellow has disappeared, and it turns out his dad was essentially the art looter-in-chief for the Nazis. More than that, after the Allies captured the looted paintings in the post-WWII war

Don’t Buy the Brooklyn Bridge

Dennis Ross, founder of AIPAC with Martin Indyk, has served Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, Obama—all but Bush Jr. Ross got his Judaism after the Six-Day War, founded a synagogue in Rockville, Maryland, and has served in the Pentagon, the State Department, the National Security Council, and the White House. In the Reagan years, he was director of Near

Just Vote

According to voter statistics, only 61.2 percent of New Jersey’s eligible voters vote. That’s only about a percentage point or two less than their Israeli counterparts. (Where in 1949, 86 percent of the Israeli population voted, today’s it hovers around 63 percent. The most dramatic drop in participation—10 points—came between 1999 and 2003.) That is really

What Josh Levy Really Said About Guns

If it hadn’t been for the photo of me next to last edition’s article (“Josh Levy: The Best Defense – Get a Gun”), I wouldn’t have recognized myself in the article’s cartoonish description of my views. The article contained imagined quotations about topics that were never discussed, and misrepresented my statements on the topics that were discussed.

It’s Not a Love Fest or a Warm Embrace

There is nothing the media likes more than branding something so they can peg it and sensationalize it, raise your adrenaline and have you coming back for more of their inflated hype. Love Fests, Warm Embraces, Charm offensives. What we have seen in the last few weeks, since Obama threatened to bomb Syria for using gas on its own citizenry,  has left many people

Give Peace A Chance?

The Torah and Talmud are very clear about the pursuit of peace... Tanach and Chazal have always been more concerned with peace than war. After all, the Torah is the first document to ever to discuss peace as a normal condition of life. Devorim 20 makes it clear Hashem is our warrior, and anyone who ever committed an aveyrah cannot be a soldier. Even the order

Revenge Is Best Served Cold

What did Obama’s Shabbos Surprise accomplish? For one thing, once he threw the matter into Congress’ lap he bought himself and the American people some time, while adhering to the letter of the Constitution, and took the wind out of the sails of those who were absolutely certain he would act unilaterally, justifying, in their minds, his impeachment. Buying time

Oseh Shalom Bimromov, Hu Yaaseh Shalom Aleinu...

As the latest round of Mideast peace talks begin anew, we understand the need to be realistic peacemakers, as those who understand the huge risks of making peace, and who are pained by all the deaths and misery and stress that has gone before and may well continue after these next nine months are spent talking. After all, many in our community have close relatives in

The Education Time Bomb

Thirty years or more ago, when the late great Senator from New Jersey and UJA lay leader, Frank Lautenberg, greeted a mission from Bergen County to Washington, D.C. he was asked about school vouchers. His reply was a barely polite negative. Vouchers drain public schools of their resources, he said, and last week, so did three of the four Democratic candidates vying for

Thoughts On Our 10th Issue - Living in Interesting Times

Gathering news from around the world as we do, it is obvious that we are living in interesting and tough times – and the last few weeks have been particularly rough. Yet readers who riffle through the pages of JLBC, see our great hopes for the future reflected in the happy shining faces of our community’s children, who play together and grow up together in a

Patience Has Limits

About 30 years ago, attempts were made to change what Orthodox women learned in Kallah classes as the issue of spousal abuse received more public attention and attitudes changed. As divorce rates rose both in society and in the Jewish community, a number of women found that they could not easily free themselves of such men and the issues of domestic violence and child