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Monday, June 25, 2018

Op-eds

Right and Wrong, Children and Immigration

Emotional responses to separating parents and children at the border provide a textbook case of how partisans distort issues while evading moral responsibility.

As a general rule, injecting emotion into policy debates is a mistake. Cold, rational logic remains the best path to understanding an

Sanders Leads Dems Away From Israel

There was a time when what the socialist representing Vermont in the Senate said about Israel didn’t matter much. But the days of Sen. Bernie Sanders being an irrelevant eccentric are long gone. His surprisingly tough challenge to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries made him the darling of the

A ‘Messi’ Situation

On Tuesday, the lead headlines coming out of Israel and the Middle East, like a red card, announced the Argentinian decision to cancel its scheduled “friendly” soccer match against the Israel national team in Jerusalem (see the news article on page 12).

The decision is a clear victory for

Iran’s Leaders at War With Western Civilization; Why Is the West Putting Up With It?

The United States just withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal. The move is fully justified not only on the grounds of security, but primarily because Iran’s Khomeinist revolution is a deadly and propulsive ideology that the West cannot allow to become a nuclearized one.

For the French

Too Close to Home: Jewish Groups Oppose NYC Public School’s ‘Moment of Silence’ for Gaza Terrorists

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza are under fire from several Jewish organizations for not responding publicly to a school incident that has left Jewish students and parents unnerved.

A “moment of silence” was held at the Beacon School, a

Barnard: How Not to Beat BDS

The BDS movement hasn’t won many victories in the United States in recent years, but Israel’s opponents had to be thrilled when they learned that the student body at Barnard College voted to endorse a proposal asking the highly regarded educational institution to divest from eight companies that do business in Israel.

An Open Letter to the Orthodox Community: Don’t Say No to Drugs

In 1982, Nancy Reagan visited the Longfellow Elementary School in Oakland, California, as she embarked on her historic national anti-drug campaign. During this visit, she was asked by a young schoolgirl what she should do if she was offered drugs. The First Lady responded, “just say no.” The rest, as they say, is history.

A Single Phone Call

In late 2001, America bore witness to 9/11 and the aftermath of President Bush preparing to intervene in Afghanistan and Iraq. It was around that time that the Second Intifada was at its peak. Arafat had rejected the proposed peace deal that President Clinton tried to broker, and instead moved toward a violent

On Yom HaShoah, Highlighting a New Form of Holocaust Denial

Editor's note: This article was first published by Arutz Sheva. It is reprinted with permission from the author. 

With this year’s Yom HaShoah commemoration we are confronted with the rise

Don't Say No to Drugs

Editor's note: This article is printed with permission from the blog of Rabbi Larry Rothwachs. Please visit it here: 

Israel Prize Recipient Natan Sharansky Has Inspired Generations

Until I joined The Jewish Agency for Israel as an emissary, I knew nothing about Natan Sharansky. When I got the job, I suddenly saw that my father was very excited. I asked him why he was so thrilled, and he said, “You are going to work with and maybe even meet one of the greatest legends of our time and a hero of our family.”

Indeed, Natan has now

What’s Another Cost of Yeshiva Day School?

Mom’s career.

Last week, on the Facebook group Teaneck/Bergenfield Jewish Moms, which has almost 1,700 members, a single post garnered over 350 comments. Given our deadline it’s possible that another couple of hundred have been added since we went to press, but the general point has been made; A