Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Jews and Politics: Are We Our Own Worst Enemy?

Ask any Jew how smart Jews are, and they immediately wax poetic on how many Nobel Prizes they’ve won and how great their achievements have been, out of all proportion to their numbers, in the fields of science, literature, law, technology, medicine, military, etc. However, amid all their qvelling and nachas schepping, there lies the

The Status of the Convert

In his May 31, 2018, article titled “Zevachim 45,” Rabbi Zev Reichman tries to prove that a convert is like a newly born person from the Gemara Zevachim daf 45, where it states that when a gentile dedicates something as hekdesh, the law of me’ilah applies to that object. Since one would receive lashes for me’ilah, and must receive a

Columbus Tournament Coverage Missed One Detail

I found the article (“TABC Storm Fall Just Short in Columbus Tournament Championship,” May 10, 2018) very well written by one of the TABC players. It was informative and fairly written while staying neutral to the situations. However, I would be remiss if I did not correct the writer. He wrote that the game-winning hit was off of the

We Need to Denounce Religious Intolerance, Combat Anti-Semitism

The recent increase in anti-Semitism is abhorrent. With waves of threats aimed at Jewish Community Centers and the desecration of synagogues and cemeteries across our nation, and growing threats around the world, meaningful action is overdue. This past week, I proudly joined with colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Secretary of

Let’s Clarify About Keeping Chumras

I was a bit disappointed that Rabbi Moshe Taragin used the Nazir as an example of a “chumra” (“Chumrot and Life in Israel,” May 24, 2018). While I understand that he used it as a jumping off point to discuss the practicality of keeping chumrot on a national level in Israel, the application of becoming a Nazir to the way

Primary Day and Education

New Jerseyans now have precious days until Primary Day, Tuesday, June 5, to restore liberty and justice, and put an end to a tyrannical system that compels us to pay for progressive government schools, which have built and paid for the “Deep State” that currently rules much of our government. Every vote for Brian Goldberg, the first

Abbas Propagates Terrible Image; Little Difference Between PA and Hamas

The Simon Wiesenthal Center urges the governments of Germany and France to lead the European Union in condemning the weaponization of anti-Semitism by the Palestinians and their enablers in the media. The statement comes in response to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ posing for a picture that displays a

Don’t Legalize Assisted Suicide

On May 24, the Thursday after Shavuot, the New Jersey Assembly is expected to vote on assisted suicide (“Assisted Suicide’s ‘Slippery Slope’ Prompts Concern From Orthodox Jews,” March 22, 2018). This bill should be opposed for numerous reasons but I’m just going to list three.

  1. 1. The

Hamas’ Aim Is to Attack and Kidnap Israeli Civilians

Hamas has today (May 16, 2018) admitted that 50 of the 62 people killed in the border violence this week were its members, while more are already confirmed members of Islamic Jihad.

Organizers of the violence had already set out their intentions clearly, saying unequivocally “this is not peaceful

Addiction Is Not a New Issue for Jewish Community

I read the recent articles publicizing a local forum on addiction in the Jewish community (“Addiction and Substance Abuse Can Happen to Anyone,” April 12, 2018; “An Open Letter to the Orthodox Community: Don’t Say No to Drugs,” April 19, 2018). I found those articles somewhat missed the mark. Alcoholism, drug addiction and

Donate to Charities That Fight Assimilation

Unfortunately, there are many problems within the Jewish community. What may be the greatest problem facing the Jewish community is the continuing and growing tragedy of the massive assimilation, intermarriage and lack of connection to Jewish organization. This is due, to a great extent, to the lack of Jewish education.

Anti-Semitism Is Alive and Well in Europe

This action by Germany (“Germany: Jerusalem NOT Israel’s Capital,” April 25, 2018), taken together with the recently enacted new law by Poland’s senate to deny any complicity by Poles in the Holocaust, and the increasing violence against Jews especially in France but also elsewhere in Europe show that “Never Again” lasted barely