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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Letters

Is Rutgers President Barchi Part of the Problem?

Last week’s Jewish Link (“NJ Federation Leaders Meet With Rutgers President Barchi,” February 8, 2018) describes a meeting between NJ Federation leaders and President Barchi of Rutgers, about the problems of the anti-Semitism/anti-Israel feeling among some Rutgers faculty. Three faculty members, Chikindas, Adi and Puar, were exposed last November as expressing

Tragedy in Israel: What Is the Correct Response?

The tragic murder of yet another Jew in the Land of Israel raises a host of possibilities for a response. The answer to this latest act of Arab bravery—stabbing an unarmed individual in the back—depends on one’s perspective. The Middle Eastern response would be to execute the murderer, his whole family and barrel bomb his whole

The U.S. Attitude Toward Israel Is an Absolute Turnaround

I just returned from another trip to Israel and “shepped nachas” at the vibrancy and construction going on all over that tiny, but remarkable, country. Vice President Pence was also there at the same time, so it was natural to contrast the Trump administration’s Israel policy with that of the previous administration’s

JLNJ’s Tzvi Silver Is Named Chayal Metstayen Plugati BeMofet (Extraordinarily Outstanding Company Soldier) by His Commanders

In Tzvi Silver’s November 29 article, “I’m Not a Soldier,” Mr. Silver details reasons he “is not a soldier” as he is “just Tzvi Chaim Silver, born in New Jersey, USA, now of Giv’at Shmuel, Israel; graduate of RYNJ, TABC, Lev HaTorah and Machon Lev; electrical engineer par excellence.”

Pence Takes Center Stage on Israel

Last March at the AIPAC Policy Conference, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, brought the 18,000 people in attendance to their feet in a rousing applause when she announced that when it came to Israel, there was a “new sheriff in town.”

Since then we’ve seen the former

Expulsion From School Is Not the Answer

In response to recent articles and editorials in your newspaper, I would like to comment on the topic of illegal substance use among yeshiva students. I am disturbed at how the yeshivot in the tri-state area are handling this issue. As a parent of four children who have graduated from three of the yeshiva high schools in the area, and as a basketball coach of yeshiva

Everyone Wants In

I had two recent encounters that illustrated to me that “general, non-practicing Jews” want to be affiliated and identified with the Orthodox. They are proud of and want to be a part of what we stand for.

In these parshiot, such a theme has relevance, for God performed the miracles and all happenings to

David Friedman Is on the Right Track

Kudos to our US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, for asking the State Dept. to stop using the term “occupied territories” and to just refer to the area as the “West Bank”...as it should be!

The old adage, “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never harm me” is only a

Rabbi Pruzansky’s Position on School Expulsions Has Rabbinic Precedent

Rabbi Pruzansky’s position in detailing the issues in our yeshivot (“Changing My Mind on School Expulsions,” January 11, 2018) has been around for generations. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, was asked when a child can be expelled from his institution and his reply was, “Only when he can be judged as a meisis u’meidiach (one who tries to lead Jews to

Ma’ayanot Principal: School Expulsions Are a Last Resort

In response to Rabbi Pruzansky’s recent article (“Changing My Mind on School Expulsions,” January 11, 2018) about disciplinary approaches to substance use, I am writing to share my perspective as a head of school.

There is no question that expulsions are an absolute last resort, and that in virtually

Let Us Further Examine the Yeshiva Day School Calendar

I am grateful to Rabbi Alter (“School Calendar Wars,” January 4, 2018) for sharing his thoughts about the yeshiva day school calendar. I nevertheless have to question some of his facts, question his math, question the questions he is asking and question his frame of reference.

First, on the facts, Rabbi Alter writes that holding classes during Chol Hamoed

Rabbi Alter Responds

The purpose of my original article on school calendars was to begin an open and transparent conversation on school calendars and I thank Daniel Barenholtz for continuing this conversation.

It is great to hear that Daniel’s children enjoy school on Chol Hamoed and I hope that