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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Op-eds

Kicking the Can Down the Road With Iran

Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to look over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and discuss the finer points of the deal with experts who have analyzed its text. The details are important, but I am concerned that, conceptually, the underlying logic and reason to support or oppose the agreement is

Really, Mr. President? ‘Rockets Falling on Tel Aviv’?

“Rockets will fall on Tel Aviv,” President Obama warned on August 4, claiming that if his Iran deal is rejected, military conflict will inevitably ensue.

Mr. Obama seems to be betting that the rest of us have forgotten that Iranian rockets already fell on Tel Aviv last year.

Ad Hominem Advocacy: Obama’s Harm Offensive on Iran

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known to all as the Iran deal, is a moral and strategic capitulation to the virulently anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic leadership of Iran. It fails to achieve its core purpose of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, has a laughably insufficient inspection regime, allows

Jewish Lives Matter; All Lives Matter A Call to Action to Defeat the Misguided Iran Deal

It was less than 75 years ago that American Jewry, willingly or unwillingly, abandoned their brethren in Europe and passively witnessed six million Jews perish in the Holocaust. Yes, we did help a few survivors after the fact; but for most, it was too late. Whether it was the denial of entry to those on the St. Louis, denials of visa

Resolution to Disapprove Iran Nuclear Deal Introduced in U.S. House

(JNS.org) A resolution to disapprove the Iran nuclear deal was introduced on Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives, signaling an aggressive push by Congressional Republicans to nix the agreement.

H.J.Res.64—introduced by U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-39-Calif.), who chairs the House

Summer Camp With Guns

Summer camp can mean very different things to different kids.

For Jewish children, summer camp means squirt guns and color wars.

For Palestinian Arab children, summer camp means training with real guns and preparing for actual war—jihad—against Israel.

Editorial Judgment and Jewish Censorship

From the Orthodox Jewish perspective, history is a means to an end

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