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Friday, September 21, 2018

Editorials

The Highlight of My Amazing Summer: Kosherica’s Cruise to Bermuda

This summer has been a very special one for my wife, Dena, and me as it has been the first summer ever in which all of our kids were away for a full month. This phenomenon had never happened to us before, and Dena and I committed to each other to spend more time together and take advantage of the

Europe’s Anti-Semitism Illustrates Why We Need a Nation State

Liberté, égalité, fraternité.

French for liberty, equality and fraternity, these three words are the national motto of France.

Unless, it seems, you are a Jewish French citizen.

But it’s not just France. We would be kidding

When the Outside World Found Its Way to My Shabbos Table

OK, so I’ve read that the best way to keep a Shabbos lunch moving along and in a civil tone is to not talk about work or politics.

I even once wrote about a kiruv rabbi’s instruction seminar where this issue of staying away from politics, in particular, was the headline of the meeting’s

The White Helmets Came to the Right Place…Israel

Certainly, many of us have heard of the White Helmets.

If you have not, this is perhaps one of the few life-saving stories of the Syrian Civil War.

The White Helmets, or the Syrian Civil Defence organization personnel, are the ones who dig through the rubble and

Perhaps It’s Time for Israel to Put an End to the Gaza Terror

As we approach Tisha B’Av and our solemn commemoration of the destruction of our two Holy Temples, we want to remind everyone that the heightened threats to our people in Sderot and other Southern Negev regional areas must be remembered as if it were happening closer to home.

Recently, Prime Minister

No More Visiting Day Blues

We sent our youngest to sleepaway camp for the first time this year. And by “we” I mean “I,” and that’s because I also sent my husband to sleepaway camp this summer, also for the first time. With dad at camp with him, we assumed the adjustment would be easier.

By the end of week two,

Approaching the Nine Days and the Enemy Within

With the approach of Rosh Chodesh Av, we begin walking the solemn corridor of the Nine Days that leads us into Tisha B’Av.

We spend much of our reasoning in these difficult days imploring others to do their part in this world.

As Zionists, we wonder why Israel does not have a partner in peace, be it in Ramallah or on the other side of the fence in

A Grandson Sends His First Camp Postcard

“Hi Nana and Poppy, I hope you’re having a good summer. Please respond.”

Okay, so I know this isn’t explorative prose, but to a grandparent this is the big summer enchilada, our oldest grandchild’s first postcard from camp.

It’s from Shalom

Cutting ‘Pay to Slay’ Funds to the PA

Earlier this year, Congress passed a bill known as the Taylor Force Act, named after a West Point graduate and Army veteran who was murdered in Israel by a Palestinian terrorist.

The measure put severe cuts on U.S. aid allocations to the Palestinian Authority, especially if those dollars were being used

William Needs to Duke Out Anti-Semitism at Home

It is all jolly good that Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, became the first British royal to visit Israel since the end of the British Mandate in 1948.

Indeed, William visited with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and stopped in at places of almost mandatory

Ensuring a Safe, Fun Summer at Camp

It’s summertime, and as the Gershwin lyrics tell us, “the livin’ is easy.”

Many of our collective Jewish experiences were gained through the times we spent at summer camp. Indeed, the bug juice, color war, gimp lanyards, swimming, camp fires and so much more are part of the very fabric of Jewish

The Austrian Chancellor’s Powerful Admission

It was just last March when in this very space, The Jewish Link saw impending Polish legislation making it a crime to call death camps “Polish” as a dire warning for the world.

This was an attempt in itself to revise the very history of a complicit Polish citizenry when it came to the extermination