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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Op-eds

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

The Pervasive Assault on Israel by Jews: Why Does this Hatred Persist?

The ubiquitous denigration, demonization and holding Israel to a double standard by those whom Daniel Greenfield calls “tenured academics, progressive journalists and irreligious clergy for whom Jewish values, like American values, mean appeasement and surrender to terrorists,” is an ongoing problem, although not a new

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

The way things are going, it’s going to be a long four years.

The election of Donald Trump as 45th president of the United States this past November has launched a virtual civil war across the country that is very real and very uncivil. The displays of hostility, contempt, disgust,

Moving the American Embassy Would Send a Very Powerful, Long-Overdue Message

The fear that President Donald Trump might fulfill his campaign promise to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has caused considerable angst for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah, who met to discuss what steps can be taken to prevent the move. As expected, Abbas claimed this decision “is more

The French Peace Conference: Stacking the Deck

On January 15, 2017 the French government convened a conference hosted by Jean-Marc Ayrault, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, “to signal… the international community’s remobilization in support of peace between the Israelis and Palestinians,” according to the French Foreign Ministry.

Thoughts From Alon Shvut After Terror Hits Home Once Again

This past Motzei Shabbat, I told my husband that I think we live in the safest place in the world.

It was right after havdala, and I had just turned on my cell phone and discovered that while we were sitting and enjoying our Friday night dinner with our children, there had been a shooting in the

The Two-State Solution: ‘Wishful Thinking Divorced From Reality’

From the time of the British Mandate in Palestine (September 29, 1922 to November 29, 1947) to the present, numerous British, American and European government commissions and official emissaries have come to the region to investigate the underlying causes of the Palestinian Arab/Israeli dispute. Academics and journalists

The UN: ‘The World Center of Anti-Semitism’

On December 23, 2016, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2334, which “reaffirmed…that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision

President Obama: A Troubling End of Trust


Recently, I attended a conference for Jewish educators in Fort Lee.

Sponsored by Avi Chai and the Schusterman Foundations, we were being trained to help our day school and yeshiva high school students better prepare for college campus issues they might run squarely

The UN vs. History: This is Not 'Palestinian Territory'

The United Nations Security Council resolution condemning “Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem” was one-sided and unfair. That’s obvious.

 The resolution certainly won’t encourage the Palestinians to negotiate, since they see they can get what