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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Editorials

It Felt Like Tisha B’Av

The events of the last three weeks drove home for the Jewish people – once again, unfortunately - the challenges and difficul­ties we face. The three weeks began with the end of mourning period for three innocent boys on their way home from school and later changed to rage and self-reflection when three young Jewish lunatics inciner­ated alive an innocent Arab

Hyperbole, Hypocrisy and Hate: The Lethal Mix

Most of the producers, directors, reporters, broadcast facilities and editorial offices of the biggest media corporations are in our back­yard. It is amazing that they are either so igno­rant, or so hypocritical, or dare we say it, so an­tisemitic, because of the subtle ways in which they sabotage the facts of what is going on in Israel and Gaza. They exonerate the

Words Can Kill and Words Can Heal

After the Holocaust, the Jewish people have been self-perceived and perceived by others as being voices of moral authority. After all, we were victims, and we do everything we can to defend ourselves in every moral and ethical way ever since and we speak out on behalf of other victims. We did not seem to have among us, except in extremely rare instances, the kinds of

Run for the Boys

Kol HaKavod to Todd Brody for thinking up a great way to raise awareness about #bring­backourboys. On this first Summer Sunday, let’s all get out and join him and the people he has managed to bring together to show our support for the boys and their families and to remind government officials and the me­dia that silence is not an option. Let’s

The Silence is Deafening

Millions of prayers have been uttered; mil­lions of kapitlach of Tehillim have been recited since last Erev Shabbos, when three innocent boys were snatched out of their normal, yeshi­va lives and turned into pawns for Hamas terror­ists—whose hatred of the Jewish people was nur­tured within them from the moment they took their first breaths on

An Open Letter to the Presbyterians

Rabbi Irving Greenberg, known to many as Yitz Greenberg, is one of the seminal transformative Jewish thinkers and teachers beginning in the 1960’s through today. Like many in the Jewish community who value our interfaith relationships, Rabbi Greenberg is deeply concerned by some of the proposed actions by the Presbyterian Church (USA) in

YU and Bergen Need Each Other

Bergen County is the bedroom commu­nity for hundreds of families who have invest­ed their time, money and children, their own livelihoods and souls in Yeshiva University and trusted YU to do for their children what was done for them—to have them excel in the sec­ular world as well as the religious world. Some of our neighbors’ grandparents were the founders and

It Came to Us on Shavous, It Came and Made Us Free

Torah, to quote the song we learned as kids for this Yom Tov, came and brought us liberty. It gave us a set of basic rules, the Aseret Hadibrot, and then Hashem said, as He held Har Sinai over our heads: Now you have breirah chofshi, you get to make your own choices; you get to be responsible and accountable for your own actions.

It is interesting that Shavuos

It’s a Crying Shame

The jarring news this week came from the closing of the Early Childhood Center at Temple Emeth, on Windsor Road in Teaneck. The venerable program was established 20+ years ago, and grew into a vibrant pre-school center that infused toddlers from all walks of Jewish life with an enthusiasm for Judaism and built bridges of understanding between very different families.

Casting Your Ballot is Vitally Important

The first political lesson we learned from the Holocaust is that if you can cast your ballot in an election, no matter how minor, you need to do so. If you do not, you may wake up one morning and find out that your right to vote has been taken from you. The way we see it, freedom is a privilege you earn in the voting booth. The low turnout of voters in the Teaneck

Congratulating the Winners and Saying Goodbye

JLBC congratulates Lizette Parker, Jason Castle, Allan Sohn and Elie Katz on their election to the town council. We wish them all the success in the world as they deal with serious issues facing township residents in these tough economic times. We also want to thank Adam Gussen, Yitz Stern and Eric Brauer for their decades worth of dedicated service to the people of

An Open Letter to the Teaneck Community

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It has been a privilege and an honor serving the Township of Teaneck since 1990.  I have always viewed my time in public service not as a job, but as a unique opportunity.  Serving as your voice in our municipal government afforded me the chance to advocate on your behalf and to champion the issues that are important to