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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Op-eds

Why Does America’s Largest Cell Carrier Call Israel ‘Palestine’?

When Mark Rosenblatt touched down at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv April 5 and powered on his cell phone, he got the surprise of his mobile technology life.

Rosenblatt received a text message from his cell phone carrier, Verizon, reading, “Welcome to Palestine.”

A Horrible Warning

This week we learn of the unthinkable use of chlorine gas as a weapon against Syrians as the Bashar al-Assad regime reaches yet another level of despicability.

As we condemn without hesitation the use of chemical weapons, we tell the leaders of the free world that if this act doesn’t spur action, we

Let’s Keep Israel a Bipartisan Issue

Friends from New Jersey and across the country traveled to our nation’s capital last week in support of Israel for AIPAC’s annual policy conference. Amid a climate of partisan finger pointing and nastiness, I’m comforted seeing many Democrats, Republicans and Independents come together from around the country to

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

The Nomination of David Friedman Provides New Opportunities

President Trump’s nomination of David Friedman for the position of United States ambassador to Israel comes at a critical time. The Middle East is in turmoil, but together with the erosion of stability there are new opportunities as well.

Iranian expansionism has created the potential for a

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

Keith Ellison’s Rise to Second-in-Command at DNC Worries Some Jewish Democrats

Washington—The appointment of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has left some Jewish Democrats worried about their party’s future positions on Israel.

Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez defeated Ellison for the party chairmanship Saturday

The Muslim Brotherhood and Israel

On January 10, 2017, the office of US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced that he and Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida) reintroduced a bill to have the State Department designate the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) a terror organization. The purpose of the statute is “to protect Americans

Is the Future of Modern Orthodoxy Doomed?

In last week’s Jewish Link, in yet another thoughtful essay (“From the Desk of a 18-Year-Old Yeshiva Student: A Heartbroken Mother and a Overnight Charedi”), Ezra Epstein provides some insight into the phenomenon of the “gap year.” This is the year between yeshiva high school and college that many Modern Orthodox students

Respecting the Sensitive, Nuanced Work of the OU and Their Poskim

I was pleased by the overall tone and much of the content of the article (“Reflections on the Current Debate on Women’s Professional Spiritual Leadership

Reflections on the Current Debate on Women’s Professional Spiritual Leadership

 During the past two weeks, the policy statement issued by the Orthodox Union on the role of women in spiritual leadership in the Orthodox community has generated much discussion and debate. We note in introduction that we have great regard and esteem for the leadership of the OU, its commitment to the Jewish people

When Values Collide: Women's Rabbinic Ordination

RCA and OU

In October 2015, the Rabbinical Council of America issued a resolution (that I sponsored) that its members may not ordain women into the Orthodox rabbinate nor hire a woman