jlink
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Op-eds

David Friedman’s Appointment as American Ambassador to Israel Brings Real Hope and Change

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s selection of David Friedman, a 57-year-old New York bankruptcy attorney, as US ambassador to Israel has triggered a torrent of vitriolic criticism. Friedman’s alleged sins include a lack of diplomatic experience, and having issued inflammatory statements about the right of Jews to

Join the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Its Fight Against BDS in Our Local Communities

“Who today under the flag of the BDS movement calls to boycott Israeli goods and services speaks the same language in which people were called to not buy from Jews. That is nothing other than coarse anti-Semitism.”

While I have had the opportunity to testify before many municipal

High Anxiety Continues Over Obama’s Lame Duck Days in Office

Anxiety continues to roil through the pro-Israel world over a possible last-minute political move by the Obama administration that could permanently alter the Israeli-Palestinian geo-political landscape.

Forty-eight hours after the November 8 election, I flew to south Florida for a series of

Racism in the Orthodox Community

Editor’s note: This piece is an edited transcription of a sichah delivered by Rabbi Wieder to his shiur on November 17, 2016, and was originally published in the YU Commentator. It is reprinted with permission. The presentation was edited with minor revisions, but maintains much of the oral character of the original

Keith Ellison and the DNC: A Troubling Pick for America’s Oldest Political Party

I have been involved in federal elections for about 50 years. I recall as a student advocating first for Humphrey and then McGovern when they ran against Nixon. Still vivid to me is when I got the news that Nixon won on the radio of my old Dodge Dart as I gripped the steering wheel in disbelief. I worked on the election of Bill

Teaneck Board of Ed Has a Spending Problem

The opinions expressed in this article are my own as a resident of Teaneck and are not representative of the Teaneck Board of Education that voted 7-1 in favor of the 2017-2019 Teaneck Teachers Education Association (TTEA) contract.

I was the sole vote against approval of the TTEA

Lessons Learned From a Challenging Election Year

I am always proud to vote and I specifically appreciated the privilege in this year’s difficult presidential election. Choosing a candidate to vote for was one of the most difficult political decisions I have ever made. A few thoughts I wanted to share as they relate to our children and the lessons we teach

Is There Still a Tuition Crisis?

Editor’s Note: Last week, the Jewish Link published a piece by Rabbi Adam Englander, head of school at the Katz Hillel Day School of Boca

There’s No Sense Denying the Jewish Connection to Jerusalem

Archaeologists have uncovered yet more evidence of the ancient Jewish connection to Jerusalem—the very same week that UNESCO and the Palestinian Authority (PA) were declaring that Jews have no ties to Jerusalem. Talk about irony.

The latest discovery of a site where the Roman army

The Myth of ‘The Age of Humdrum Terror’

In response to the continued acts of terror in Europe and the U.S., the English weekly news magazine Economist recently opined that “it seems likely that much of Europe and America will have to get used to acts of Islamist-inspired terrorism becoming, if not routine, at least fairly regular occurrences.” Israel is cited as an

Between Separation and Empowerment: The Struggle of Charedi Students

Regarding the claim of difficulties integrating into regular workplace environments, it seems that the number of employees at leading companies such as Intel, where many of our charedi graduates work today, entirely disproves this claim.

An ongoing social battle is being conducted with regard to the integration of the charedi (ultra-Orthodox) sector into

Exploiting the Abuse of Arab Children to Delegitimize Israel

Palestinian Arabs have become extremely adept in attempting to delegitimize the Jewish State.  They have accused Israel of being an apartheid state, a right-wing religious theocracy, and they constantly attempt, by their various actions, to make it a pariah state, and an international war criminal. In his final speech to the UN General Assembly on September