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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Op-eds

Finding Your ‘Tikvah’: Thoughts From an Israeli College Graduate

“Odeh et Hashem Elokai bechol levavi ve’achabda shimcha le’olam—I thank Hashem, my God, with all of my heart, and will honor His name forever.”

I’m happy to announce that, after five very long years, I’ve completed my time at Machon Lev and earned my BS/first

The Bergen County Moment

Teaneck, circa 2017, stands as the epicenter of a Bergen County Orthodox community that has seen unprecedented growth in recent years, both in population and influence.

It wasn’t necessarily supposed to be that way.

Back in 2002, I participated in the

Letters Pages and Facebook Comments: The Dark Alley of Media

In a time before social media, libel attorneys often advised newspaper editors that the place where libel happens most often is not on the news or features pages. Instead, we were warned that the letters to the editor page was a breeding ground for falsehoods.

That is why most credible newspaper

Senator Booker Is Wrong on Funding Terror

I’m extremely disappointed with Senator Cory Booker. The man who ran and was elected on a supposedly pro-Israel platform, who received an unprecedented amount of donations from pro-Israel voters, seems to be missing no opportunity to vote with the growing anti-Israel faction of his party. Last week, he did just the same. His

The Backstory of ‘The Bergen County Moment’

Rabbi Daniel Alter wrote an interesting and intriguing article (September 7, 2017), analyzing what he called the “The Bergen County Moment,” with Teaneck at its epicenter. By introduction, he posed the following question: “How did Teaneck [and Bergen County] come such a long way…?” As a resident of Teaneck for 40 plus

Lowering the Flags of Hatred

As far back as my earliest memories, I can remember spending summer vacations not at the beach or the mountains. My parents’ hobby in the 1950s, 60s and 70s was studying the Civil War. Our postcards to friends and family came from places named Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Shiloh, Appomattox, Fredericksburg and

A Fresh Perspective on the Mahwah Eruv

As a 20-year-old Modern Orthodox Englewood resident, my life has been spent in the so-called “Jewish bubble.” My early education was spent at The Moriah School, followed by The Frisch School, and the bubble sheltered me from the realities of anti-Semitism. Sure, I had heard about anti-Semitic current events, but they never hit

Good Fences, Good Neighbors

The month of Av got off to an unpleasant start last week with a petition circulating online to “Protect the Quality of Our Community in Mahwah,” a New Jersey town, barely 15 miles from my home in Bergenfield. The petition calls on the local electric company to “remove all eruvs from our Township and revoke all permissions for

The Mahwah Eruv Controversy: A Way Forward

This is a piece that I never should have had to write.

I had hoped to deliver these at last night’s Township of Mahwah regularly scheduled public workshop session.

The issue on everyone’s mind was the controversy surrounding the issue of the eruv

The Mahwah Eruv Controversy: A Way Forward

This is a piece that I never should have had to write.

I had hoped to deliver these at last night’s Township of Mahwah regularly scheduled public workshop session.

The issue on everyone’s mind was the

Why Netanyahu Did It: The Brutal Truth About Israel and the Diaspora

Non-Orthodox Jews are angry about the Israeli government’s decision to go back on its word about a new egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet have much to answer for a move that highly damages Jewish unity and undermines support for Israel in the U.S.

Biased Textbooks Turning Young Americans Against Israel, Research Shows

Washington—Anti-Israel bias in the textbooks used by many American high schools may be to blame for the decrease in sympathy for Israel among young adults.

According to the Brand Israel Group, only 54 percent of U.S. college students lean more toward Israel than the Palestinians, down from 73