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Friday, March 24, 2017

Op-eds

Scapegoating Their Own Jewish Community

The Jewish far left has become a more frequent and increasingly louder voice in the growing chorus against Israel within the growing extreme liberal camp.

The following illustrations hardly tell the whole story.

Last month’s protest two days before Passover by a

Modern Orthodoxy Derailed—Time to Return to the Station

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

Support the Secure Schools for All Children Act

There’s an old saying that “you can’t put a price on safety.”

While true in the abstract, the state of New Jersey puts a price on the safety of our school children each and every year.

As part of New Jersey’s budget, our state government allocates an average

The ‘Palestinian’ Lie

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

An Israeli’s Perspective on the Tel Aviv Terror Attack

Tel Aviv-Yafo—I woke up last Thursday morning to the news of another terrorist attack. Trying to avoid the all-too-easy jaded response of “not again,” I instead tried to think about this from the perspective of an outsider, imagining the headlines if this atrocity had happened in a different country: Four dead in a shooting in a

Post-AIPAC Policy Conference: Who Would Best Lead Us?

So am I going to be a bad person if I tell you something you don’t necessarily want to hear?

Coming from socialist summer camps and a liberal Democrat family, I decided not to make up my mind about the President. So when Donald Trump got up to the microphone, I closed my eyes for as long as I could and

Post-AIPAC Policy Conference: Who Would Best Lead Us?

So am I going to be a bad person if I tell you something you don’t necessarily want to hear?

Coming from socialist summer camps and a liberal Democrat family, I decided not to make up my mind about the President. So when Donald Trump got up to the microphone, I closed my eyes for as long as I could and

Reacting to Reactions

“For the righteous may fall repeatedly but they arise again.” [Proverbs 24:16]

Undoubtedly, one of the more challenging biblical episodes I have had to teach middle-school students over the past 40 years is that of King David and Bat-Sheva. Clearly, every Tanach teacher of pre-teens who

Purim: Balancing Partying and Priorities

The holiday of Purim celebrates one of the happiest times in Jewish History. With the destruction of the first Beit Hamikdash and all of its desolation, the salvation of the Jews during the times of King Achashveirosh was a holiday of renewal. The rescinding of the decrees of Haman set the stage for the completion of the construction of

Hallel—‘Praise’ Becomes My Call for Action

At around 4:45 a.m. I jolted awake, in an unfamiliar bed, a moaning tune filtering in through the window of my bedroom. The muezzin, the Muslim call to prayer, sounded five times a day, interrupting my sleep and studies at Nishmat, in Jerusalem, where I studied from 2014 to 2015. It soon faded into the background, yet

For Israelis, Donald Trump Is U.S. History’s Most ‘Israeli’ Presidential Candidate

This presidential election season is nothing if not fascinating, and the media coverage itself is driving considerable debate. What’s also interesting, but has so far gone unexplored, is how Israeli media are covering the American elections. Israeli election coverage offers insights into how the press in the U.S. and Israel stack

To Brexit and Beyond?

Back in the 1770s, Great Britain dominated the American conversation. After all, the colonies were trying to break free of their mother country and fight for their independence! Funnily enough, now in 2016, Great Britain is back in the American public eye again, and it has to do with independence—but in a much different sense from the