Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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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

Banning Cell Phones in Shul Should Become Common Practice

I’m writing to commend Rabbi Prusansky’s shul rule regarding leaving cell phones out of shul while davening. I think this is an amazing stance to take and everyone should use this as an example.

I often wonder why, when I go to Israel and am at the Kotel, I see so many women on their phones at the

‘Creative Discipline’ Rather Than Expulsions?

I graduated Frisch over 30 years ago, and while I don’t have the statistics of whether things are worse now than they were then, there were definitely well-known incidents of drinking, drug use and scandalous behavior—including a girl getting pregnant—back then as well. And while back then Frisch had a much larger percentage of kids

The Jewish Link Allows Us to Remain Vigilant in Addressing Anti-Semitism

It is heartening to see The Jewish Link addressing the increasing anti-Semitism today, locally, regionally and globally. From Mahwah to Rutgers to UN votes to Jerusalem, you voice your concerns. This is a necessity because the battle against anti-Semitism is an all-out war which must continuously be fought. Jews have always been singled out for punishment or as

On the Sentence Commutation of Sholom Rubashkin

To those celebrating the release of Sholom Rubashkin (“Trump Commutes Sentence of Sholom Rubashkin,” December 28, 2017) I ask that you channel your energy and join in the decades-long struggle against mandatory minimum sentences. African-American, and other minority communities have been destroyed by mandatory minimums

Mischaracterizations in Article on YU’s Jess Olson

I’m writing out of concern for what I see as no fewer than three mischaracterizations in a piece you published by Elizabeth Kratz attempting to smear a member of the Westchester Jewish community, YU Professor of Jewish History Jess Olson (“YU Prof. Signs B’Tselem-Linked Letter Protesting Jerusalem as Capital of

Jerusalem Is Not an Occupied Territory

Regarding “YU Prof. Signs B’Tselem-Linked Letter Protesting Jerusalem as Capital of Israel,” (December 28, 2017): First of all, the president didn’t “declare” Jerusalem as the capital; Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel. Representing the U.S., Trump “officially” recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

YU Professor Expressed ‘Nuanced Personal View’

The headline to Elizabeth Kratz’s “Community News” (“YU Prof. Signs B’Tselem-Linked Letter Protesting Jerusalem as Capital of Israel,” December 28, 2017) item mischaracterized the academics’ letter that Yeshiva University Professor Jess Olson signed: it was not “protesting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” but rather