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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Op-eds

Social Security Solvency—Now

Tough issues, like tough nuts, crack hard. Social Security and entitlement reform, while assuring seniors that they will receive the benefits of hard work, is one such issue. Here, in Bergen County, we older Americans are watching closely what the US Congress—especially Congressman Garrett and Senators Booker and Menendez—do to preserve

Open Orthodoxy Is On a Divergent Path

In his announcement that he is leaving the RCA and officially launching the Open Orthodox (OO) movement, Rav Avi Weiss juxtaposed two descriptions to emphasize how this movement will distinguish itself – he takes issue with Modern Orthodoxy’s “shift to the right” and Modern Orthodoxy’s (MO) very definition. In addition, he

The Rabbinical Council of America and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah: A Response to Rabbis Avi Weiss and Asher Lopatin

The Jewish Link, on July 2, published letters from Rabbis Avi Weiss and Asher Lopatin, the former and current Presidents of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (YCT), announcing their respective resignations from the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA). Both letters provide as their primary reason the RCA’s refusal to accept

The Confederate Flag: Historical or Diabolical?

Is the Confederate flag a purely historical symbol? Or does it represent something far more sinister? Ever since the horrific shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that occurred in mid-June, the entire country has been grappling with that question. There’s not much I can say about the shooting itself that hasn’t been

Gayle Sassoon, Survivor of Fire, Leaves Hospital

Gayle Sassoon, the mother of seven children who perished in their Brooklyn home last March, left the hospital on June 26.

Gabriel, her husband, told Kol Barama radio during an interview last Sunday that his wife will continue her recovery at his mother’s home. Tzipporah, 15, the couple’s daughter who

The Modern Orthodox Jew and Gay Marriage

Modern Orthodox Jews are rightly confounded in finding the correct response to the recent Supreme

Why Can’t Teaneck Just Buy a Printer on Amazon?

Teaneck—A June 9 Teaneck Town Council meeting was punctuated by many hot topics— Teaneck’s favorite horse, American Pharoah, and fire safety discussions regarding AvalonBay and their proposed purchase of the World of Wings property were just two exciting examples. But one of the most interesting discussions was an allegation of

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