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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Editorials

A New Beginning Starts Friday

Ready or not, on Friday, this nation will inaugurate Donald J. Trump as its 45th president.

He and President Barack Obama, in the waning hours of his presidency, couldn’t be more far apart on issues, be it health care, education or this nation’s relationship with Israel. Yet, on inauguration day in

We Will Remember You

Second Lt. Yael Yekutiel, 20, Givatayim.

Cadet Shir Hajaj, 22, Maale Adumim.

Cadet Shira Tzur, 20, Haifa.

Cadet Erez Orbach, 20, Alon Shvut.

Hoping for a Much Better Year

Many people we work with, share a Shabbat meal with, or learn with are looking forward to a fresh start for our families, communities and the nation as we begin 2017. We certainly hope that your 2016 ended with a wonderful Chanukah.

As a nation, we just came through a tumultuous time that turned the

No, President Obama, Jewish Settlements Are Not a Threat to Peace

Once again, we find ourselves in the position of clearly defending the facts of history, not the narrative of any one people, and especially not the narrative being used by a U.S. president trying desperately to cement some sort of foreign policy legacy against a setting of Aleppo’s all-but-disappearance from the map, not to

Building a Voice for Orthodoxy on Social Media

The Jewish community has gone through a number of stages in the way it communicates with the outside world, and as much of the world has gone digital, so have many Orthodox Jews who maintain a strong fealty to halacha. However, the social media voice of Orthodox Jewry has been somewhat slower to develop, with multiple divergent

An Important Ambassadorial Appointment

The announcement of David Friedman, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for U.S. ambassador to Israel, could not have come at a more critical time.

While the American left wing is pointing out that Friedman, a bankruptcy attorney, has no political experience, we suggest looking at the waning

Welcome to Our New Literary Link

We are proud to bring to our readers and advertisers a new “chapter” within the pages of the Jewish Link. This week, with Chanukah approaching, we bring you our Literary Link (beginning on page 47) filled with book reviews, selection summaries, informative advertisements and pretty much a volume of information for good reads, books for

Project Ezrah Is All of Us Helping All of Us

Sometimes hope can be best defined by an employment opportunity or a workable family budget. It is taken for granted sometimes that everyone knows how to be financially responsible and live self-sufficiently. We also know, sometimes all too well, that financial ruin can happen to anyone, at any time, for many reasons.

A Pain in the Neck

I grew up as an only child in a house that happened to have four other children in it, with whom I shared both a mother and father, genetically speaking, who also lived in the same house. My relationship with my mother was relatively unencumbered by these two older brothers and two younger sisters, whom I began to appreciate as

What It Means to Have an Education Secretary Who Backs School Choice

The Orthodox Union has backed the Donald Trump administration’s choice of Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos as its education secretary, and we think it’s an important appointment as well. (See our cover story on this by Phil Jacobs, which jumps to page 70.)

Mrs. DeVos, from Michigan, and a political ally

A Day to Be Grateful

Whether we choose to engage or not in the symbolism, food, “Black Friday” and football of an American holiday such as Thanksgiving, we think it a perfect time to be grateful or to at least find reminders of why we should be.

Indeed, the nation has spent the better part of the year easily

Support for YU’s New President

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, who will succeed Richard Joel as Yeshiva University’s fifth president, is stepping into a role as vaunted as the institution he will represent.

The flagship institution of Modern Orthodoxy, a university with thousands of students, alumni, musmachim and friends among our readership