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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Editorials

A New Year With New Hope

Harvey. Irma. Charlottesville. Barcelona. Trump. Clinton. Obama. Halamish. Kim Jong-un. Iranian threats. Mahwah. Jose?

It seems like it doesn’t take but a blink of an eye for the 24-hour news cycle to turn over one pressing issue into the next.

Last year at Rosh

Remembering Jerry Gottesman

At first thought, it’s difficult to imagine a world without Jerry Gottesman.

The vision and work of Mr. Gottesman, who passed away Sunday at age 87 in Israel with wife Paula of 55 years by his side, will continue to make the Jewish educational world grow stronger for generations to come.

Support FC’s Friendship Walk This Sunday!

Our community has so many great organizations doing so many good things and this paper is privileged to be a vehicle and paper of record for many of them. Yet we would be remiss with this edition not to mention and highlight and promote the Friendship Circle’s Friendship Walk this Sunday at Votee Park in Teaneck at 11AM.

Our paper has featured

Serving Others, Serving Hashem

Rabbi Shimon the Righteous talks about the three “pillars” that the world rests upon:

Torah, avoda and gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness). Pirkei Avot 1:2

 Our community has answered the needs of our people in all corners of this world

Project Yechi: Saving Lives Simply

This past Motzei Shabbat/Sat. night, I was privileged to be able to attend the wonderful Project Yechi Annual BBQ at Cong. Keter Torah. Over 800 people came out to support this wonderful and truly unique organization founded and continued in the memory of Chaim Feigenbaum z”l. Their mission is simply to help families struggling

Help Is Needed in Houston

There’s a time in the life of a nation when there is no need for explanations or descriptions thrown around to underscore a point. This is one of those times.

Our fellow Jewish community members and countless numbers of their Houston neighbors are living through a catastrophic storm. It’s

Upgrade the Sanctions Against Iran

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned once again that Iran cannot be permitted to “use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage.”

What part of a dangerous, existential threat to Israel and the Middle East don’t the American left, Europe and other nations understand?

Reliving ‘the Good Old Days’ at Our Annual Barbecue

Every summer for the past few years, the texts start flying in early August between our group of about six couples. We agree on a Sunday in August, set a time, and we all try to come not more than a fashionable hour or two late. We come from Woodmere, East Brunswick, Jamaica Estates, Teaneck and Bergenfield and gather at a

Charlottesville, Mahwah and the Worst Version of Ourselves

The world weighs heavily on our shoulders this week. And when I say “our,” I mean all Americans. A white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last weekend has brought to the forefront of our minds the most negative, most hurtful American stereotypes. These represent the very worst version of ourselves as Americans, as

Peaceful Dialogue Is the Way to Go

Charlottesville happened.

President Donald Trump has addressed the situation now on three separate occasions, underscoring the importance of what has now become a national conversation. Many people didn’t feel his comments went far enough in condemning the hate, but his commentary expressed the

Hate Has a Home in Mahwah and Upper Saddle River

August 4 was the date the Township of Mahwah’s government had set for the South Monsey Eruv Fund to remove its eruv, made up of white PVC pipe lechis installed with permission by Orange & Rockland on its poles. With an emergency injunction in place, the eruvin that have been installed in Mahwah and Upper Saddle River are up and have

Cherish Every Moment

As our children grow into tweens, teens and then (gulp) young adults, life changes, sometimes in ways we do not expect. We may anticipate the teenage eye roll, or the turning of a cheek when we try to kiss them publicly, or even that their friends will come to be vital to their very existence. What we may not be ready for is that