Monday, February 24, 2020

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Bilaam’s True Nature

As we encounter this week’s sidra, it might pay to reflect upon Bilaam’s true nature:

a) He only had one eye. (Sanhedrin 105a, based on Bamidbar 24:3)

b) In his prophecy, he says “ketoafot

Leave Teachers Alone—It’s Summer

High school principals and admission counselors and school boards—please take note!

Some Jewish high schools have crossed the line in their competition for students. The latest method is to send staff to invade (visit) sleepaway camps.

On Democracy

My friend and colleague Rabbi Moshe Taragin writes a characteristically learned and eloquent exposition of why democracy is the worst of all systems from a religious perspective, except for all the others (“Torah Thoughts for July 4: Democracy’s Demons,” July 3, 2019). He very responsibly notes that the Orthodox

Desperation Is Not Criminal

Your editorial (“An Obscene Comparison,” June 27, 2019) concerning the misuse of the term concentration camp was well put, however, you failed to connect the dots as to why this term was used. You failed to condemn the same attitudes and phraseology that parallel the Nazi justification for their use. The border “facilities” are

There Is No Comparison

I am only a high school student; however, when I see illegal immigrant detention centers compared to Nazi concentration camps (really mass death camps) it makes my blood boil. (“An Obscene Comparison,” June 27, 2019) It is horribly misconstrued, a prime example of leftist propaganda in the world today trying to influence the

Police Officers Deserve Our Respect and Thanks

The men and women in uniform who serve our communities are deserving of our respect and admiration. Every Shabbat morning, the members of my shul greet and thank the police officer standing sentry, ensuring our safety. These officers all wear bullet proof vests because they run a real risk of being in the line of fire every single day that

End Religious Exemptions for Vaccines in New Jersey

As the preventable measles outbreak tragically continues throughout New Jersey and the United States, it is time for concerned New Jersey residents to contact their state legislators and insist that they pass legislation that will remove the religious exemption from New Jersey’s mandatory vaccination law.

Make Your Own Mikraot Gedolot

Thank you for your article about our recent presentation at Frisch (“Yeshivat Frisch Holds YU Ideas Panel on ‘Future of the Book,’ June 13, 2019). Regarding the quote “You can make your own Mikraot Gedolot [with Sefaria],” I think that Dr. Koller was actually referring to a different site, Al HaTorah (

Don’t Let Remorse Take Over

I think the article “Will My Children Remain Religious?” (June 20, 2019) touched a healthy nerve. The author has guilt about her children’s religiosity. It’s normal. Everyone feels that at some point. The crucial difference is whether we let that guilt creep into our entire perspective or use it as a springboard

No Compromise on Highland Park

I agree with Eric Ruskin’s assessment of the Highland Park library fiasco (“Let’s Mitigate the Fiasco in Highland Park,” June 20, 2019) but disagree with his suggested solution to the problem. Scheduling an alternative program to “mitigate” the effect of the Bashi reading, merely substitutes the word

Kiruv: The Full Truth

I applaud the intentions of Steven Starr, “If I Am Only for Myself, Who Am I? An Argument for Modern Orthodox Kiruv” (May 30, 2019), but his solution is sadly incomplete. He proposes that modern Orthodoxy has a much better ability to attract the masses of secular or assimilated Jews back to Judaism, than the more yeshivish/right-wing

Lessons From My Renewal Experience

On May 21, I had the privilege of donating one of my kidneys through Renewal to a man in need. This decision was extremely personal and a long time in the making. I was so inspired by the kindness of other donors, that I truly felt compelled to do it. It was something I just couldn’t run away from and it has been the