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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Op-eds

A Guide to the Perplexed

One can easily be perplexed by the Obama Administration’s lack of accountability in their ongoing negotiations with Iran to curb their nuclear program.

Marie Harf, the newly appointed State Department spokesperson for the Iran negotiating team, was asked at a press conference on May 21 about a

We Must Fight BDS in the Name of Human Rights

Note: Following Rabbi Sacks’s contributions at last week’s Herzliya Conference, The Jerusalem Post published an article on Friday in which he outlined his perspectives on the growing threats posed by the BDS movement.

There is a growing and widespread concern among Jews in Israel

Will President Obama’s Administration Negotiate a Safe Deal With Iran?

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew recently took the podium at a Jerusalem Post conference in New York to defend President Obama’s plans for a nuclear agreement with Iran. He told the crowd that President Obama would reinstate sanctions on Iran if the regime failed to live up to its commitments under the agreement currently being

Rabbinic Dignity: A Contemporary Lesson

After reading about the latest rabbinic “issue,” we do not know what to say. While the rabbi involved has the right to explain himself, and we cannot assume wrongdoing beyond anything that would be admitted or proven, we are left with a feeling of great disquietude and confusion.

Detractors of the

If Even One Person Felt Violated

It is not appropriate for a grown man, a rabbi or anyone, to shower or sit in the sauna with youth, no matter how the game of squash may break down conversational defenses.

We know that Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt has had a long, successful career and has many people who love him and can name how he has

Obama Preaches to the Choir

President Barack Obama addressed a Jewish group last Friday as part of Jewish American Heritage Month. Adas Israel, a Conservative congregation located in Northwest Washington, D.C. became the sanctuary for only the fourth presidential address in a synagogue in American history.

The President

A Push for Teaneck Transparency, Integrity and Financial Responsibility

Recently, Teaneck residents went through what we considered to be a potential calamity. The proposed 2015 Teaneck Board of Education budget contained a severe change for the 2,000-plus private school students—consolidation to six bus stops and eliminating courtesy busing completely (individuals within 1.4 miles of their school).

Shavuot on Memorial Day

There is a huge difference between taking off for Jewish holidays and living in a country where Jewish holidays are state holidays. Shavuot is an excellent example of this. Outside of Israel, you have to be a very committed Jew to take off from work for this holiday. Inevitably you have to face a co-worker who publicly tells you: “I’m

Why Be Jewish?

Intermarriage is shrinking the Jewish community. Every survey and sign over the past several decades has told the same story: we are shrinking through addition. Jews are intermarrying at huge rates for a simple yet devastating reason—they do not see Judaism as their all-encompassing way of life. Intermarriage is a symptom of religious

Learning From a Tragedy

A yearly reminder of the importance of wearing helmets while biking or skateboarding is transmitted annually by Honey Senter to the TeaneckShuls email list, always at the beginning of May.

Her concern and fear for children and adults getting hurt from accidents while not wearing their helmets comes to

Achrei Mot-Kedoshim 5775: Selfishness Required

The high priest (Kohen Gadol), Aaron, is known throughout rabbinic literature as the paradigm personality who loved others and sought to make peace between strife-torn family, friends, or neighbors.

It’s out of character then as the Torah describes his Yom Kippur service: he is to atone for himself,

Sadness Again in Baltimore

Not 20 minutes from where I write this, a TV station helicopter is focusing its camera on a Northwest Baltimore CVS Pharmacy as looters run in and out, ostensibly robbing a store in broad daylight.

A couple of blocks away a police car is engulfed in flames. Police are standing in a defensive