Friday, December 14, 2018


A Different Sukkot Message

As we prepare for Sukkot, we understand that part of the symbolism of our sukkahs is the fragility of life, and knowing that, we can look upward and see the night stars while we enjoy a holiday meal with friends and family.

Underneath those same stars we are witnessing what cannot be considered anything

Grading Himself ‘Complete’

Richard Joel told the Jewish Link last spring that if he had to give a grade to himself as Yeshiva University President, it would be an “incomplete.”

Joel indicated to YU staff, students and alumnae last week that he would not seek another contract extension after his deal expired in 2018.

A Happy, Meaningful 5776

This Sunday when the sun goes down and we begin the observance of Rosh Hashanah for the year 5776, we face the Almighty together as Jews.

It won’t be an issue of right wing or left. There will be no status given one’s social, economic or even political standing.

Stand Up and Send Your Rabbi to Washington

Even if it’s too late. Even if the votes have set us up for failure. Even if every senator votes for this deal, we still have a choice and our words and actions still have power.

We can sit back, or we can stand up.

We stand at the precipice of a historic decision.

Kavod, Above All

This is the month of Elul. It is the time when we as Jews are preparing ourselves for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In just a few weeks we’ll be standing in front of Hashem next to our family members, friends and fellow congregants, in deep supplication, asking God, in the Unesaneh Tokef prayer, if tefillah, teshuvah and tzedekah will be

Local Families Head “Home” Through Nefesh B’Nefesh

While we have collectively been wringing our hands in angst over President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, there was a group of people whose focus had nothing to do with the troubles of the world, and everything to do with the joy of today’s Israel. There they were, on Tuesday, at New York’s JFK International Airport, boarding an El

Schumer Boldly Rejects Obama Deal

We fully support the decision by New York Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer to oppose the President’s pending deal with Iran. The Senator’s decision was learned last Thursday.

Schumer, according to Politico, might have endangered his future leadership in the Senate for his stance.

Not in Israel, Not Anywhere

While Israel wants the attention of the world to look at its existential threat from the outside-in, namely Iran, it is also important that its government and people take a look at another threat from the inside-out.

That threat, dare we write, is Jewish terrorism.

Baking Jews With Mike Huckabee: When Is an Oven an Oven?


Last weekend former Arkansas Governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee opened the oven door on President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal and let out a big blast of heat and blowback.

On Sunday, July 26, in an interview with Breitbart

Watching Senator Kerry’s Rhetoric

There are nuances in speech. And there are not-so-subtle nuances.

It is our wish that Secretary of State John Kerry stop with his recent rhetoric, specifically when it comes to Israel.

In less than a week, three separate gestures just fully validate what many inside

The Significant Timing of the Iran Nuke Deal

The destruction of both the First and Second Temples.

The beginning in 1492 of the Spanish Inquisition.

Allies Britain and France declare war on Germany in 1914. The treaty signed to end World War I would go a long way towards causing the beginning of the

“An Historic Mistake for the World”

“My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.” – Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, 1938.