Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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An Open Letter to Bruce Tucker, Chairman of the Highland Park Library Board

Dear Mr. Tucker,

I am writing to you today to voice my dismay over the decision made by you and your fellow Library Board members to allow Golbarg Bashi, an outspoken supporter of the BDS movement, and author of a book that at best can be described as revisionist and distorted history, to 4-7 year old

Yeshiva Day Schools Take Right, Initial Steps

As a parent, psychotherapist and a former administrator and rebbe at a local yeshiva day school, I am very excited about the “initial” step that our local yeshiva day schools have taken regarding the overuse of technology by our youth and adults.


Israel’s Political System Needs A Change

I admit that I’m not a “maven” in regards to Israel’s political system. However, I strongly believe that the parliamentary system is inadequate for Israel’s security needs. She needs a strong and stable leader who can act decisively in the face of danger without the constant threat of the government being dissolved by one or more

Manners Are Still a Thing

Once again, the Glicks have highlighted an issue that is so obvious and yet so many are unaware of it (“What Happened to the Thank You Note?” September 19, 2019). I agree that the act of writing thank you notes is rapidly disappearing, not to mention the art of how to write a good one. When my mother, a”h, used to

More Holocaust Trivialization

In this age when the Holocaust seems to be receding from the memories of both Jewish students and adults, it is refreshing to see a campus that supports a Holocaust study program.

It is inconceivable that barely 70 years after the Shoah, not only are there

Does Hashem Want Us to  Eat Fake Meat?

I enjoyed your article on “fake meat” (“Beyond the Impossible Burger,” by Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz, September 12, 2019), but you say nothing about the well-documented negative health consequences of excessive red meat consumption. In addition, you fail to mention a very important reason why these products have become so popular.

Rabbi Gewirtz responds:

Thanks for your passionate letter and the good points you make.

Though people may be opting for plant-based alternatives because of how they believe their choices will impact the environment, I don’t think that is why Hashem put it into the world. Similarly,

Differing Approaches to LGBT

Rabbi Gil Student, in his September 12 column (“On Changing Judaism for LGBT”) discussing Dr. Aaron Koller’s YU Observer piece, makes the simple but necessary point that LGBT Jews are not “the other,” but our children, our siblings

The Truth About Iran

The Obama nuclear deal with Iran provided that nation with billions of dollars. Unfortunately, that money was not used to improve the lives of its citizens, millions of whom are living in increasing poverty. This poverty is caused by a badly managed economy which is made even worse by U.S. sanctions. These sanctions are geared to prevent

Thank You, Sephardic Congregation of Fort Lee

My mom, Freha Elhadad bat Aziza and Shmuel, Zichrona Livracha, passed away on Lamed Heshvan 5779. She was 78 years old.

She was the anchor of my family, always there for us.

She has been gone for almost a year, but the loss and pain are still fresh. We are all still

The Danger of Tunnels

In June of this year, the Israel Defense Forces completed the destruction of the largest and most technically advanced tunnel under its border. The tunnel was dug by Hezbollah, the Iran-backed terrorist group in Lebanon.

This concrete tunnel, reinforced by steel bars, was dug 22 stories deep. The

Lessons Learned From Rav Ozer Glickman, z”l

Dr. Ari Friedman penned a touching tribute to Rav Ozer Glickman, z”l, last week (“Rabbi Ozer Glickman, z”l: Loss, Lessons and Tu B’Av,” August 15, 2019). Dr. Friedman shared some of the benefits he gleaned from the rav-talmid relationship he had with Rav Ozer. Some of us who knew Rav Ozer had the benefit of his greatness in