One of the most mortifying moments in Jewish life was watching a clip on youtube of Anthony Weiner, who was making his post-scandal run for Mayor of NYC sitting with the Munkatcher Rebbe in Boro Park. The rebbe pleaded his case for metzitzah B’peh (MBP). “Only a few babies die, compared to thousands who live,” he told Weiner, who readily agreed to do what he
On an ancient sitcom called Car 54 Where Are You? Toody’s wife, Lucille, would stick her head out the window and yell, “Listen, America!” followed by some pearl of wisdom, like, “My husband is a nut.” We, too, have been sticking our heads out and screaming, “Listen, America!” Today we yell the same thing PM Netanyahu said on Wednesday in reaction to
Wednesday was a strange day, but the murmurings had begun early last week, after ISIL (the name changes almost weekly, and we need to find a permanent acronym for these insane religious extremists) trapped thousands of Yazidis on a mountain in Iraq, murdered thousands of Christians and took over a major dam, cities all over Iraq and even towns on the Syria and
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.