Saturday, January 25, 2020


Keeping the Flame Alive for Terror Victims This Chanukah

We begin kindling the Chanukah candles on Sunday night. This year, in a spirit of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel, we suggest keeping in mind those Jews taken from us by acts of terror.

Let your vision of each flame transcend the candle and wick as it illuminates an otherwise dark

Finding Thankfulness During Difficult Times

This has been one of the most difficult times in recent memory for the world’s Jewish community and the world in general. Many of us are directly connected through family or friendships with victims of Palestinian terror. Some have close connections with Parisian Jews.

The recent terror touches us all

Stand in Solidarity With France, But Remember Israel

We absolutely stand in solidarity with the citizens of France and the rest of the civilized world in condemnation of the terrorist group ISIS, an organization seemingly empowered by heretofore unthinkable deadly acts against unarmed civilians.

The ISIS threat is characterized by the beheading of

Is the Federation Tent Really Open For Disagreement?

Jerry Silverman said it’s time to make up and move ahead.

On Monday, Silverman, the president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) told some 3,000 attendees at his organization’s General Assembly (GA) that the language between Jews on last summer’s Iran nuclear debate “was

A Thank You to Bryna Malitzky

We know for sure that there are pressing issues impacting Israel and the rest of the Jewish world. Sometimes it is important to stop for a moment and realize that there are people who are our neighbors and friends who act tirelessly in our local communities. They aren’t necessarily big names on the world stage. But locally, they go about

Come Tuesday, It’s Up to You

Most of the time, when it comes to elections, our attention is grabbed by the drama and sometimes bombastic nature of nationally televised debates.

Some in the hunt have changed the posture of candidate to one of celebrity, including our own Governor Chris Christie, himself vying for the GOP presidential

#BDSfail: American BDS Advocates Visit Israel, Take Selfies, Use Amenities

(israellycool) Anti-Israel nincompoops of the day: On Tuesday, November 10, at 11:30 am, Jewish Americans CODEPINK activists, Ariel Gold, of Ithaca, NY, and Ariel Vegosen, of Oakland, CA, unfurled a banner near the Kotel (Western Wall) reading, “American Jews support BDS.” Representing the women’s peace organization Code Pink, the

Using Revisionist History to Twist the Knife Even Further

The stones of the Kotel have been witness to the unthinkable pain of ancient destruction, and to the unbridled joy of reclamation during the 1967 Six Day War.

It is the Kotel that stands as a reminder of the Holy of Holies, and when the Temple is rebuilt it will only be on this sacred land in

Many Corrections Have Yet to Be Written

It’s not our practice to use this space to be critical of another publication, especially one as established as the New York Times. We’ve watched over the years and we’ve held our breath as the Times has created a level playing field between Israeli citizens and the Palestinian terrorists who are out to see our relatives, friends, us,

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.