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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Op-eds

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

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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

We Cannot Use Old Methods to Produce New Results in Schools

A high school student has a few drinks on Simchat Torah. Another student is vaping in the school bathroom. The students were already on probation for other unrelated incidents. The information about these activities reaches the school. What is a principal to do?

Schools pride themselves on

We Cannot Use Old Methods to Produce New Results in Schools

A high school student has a few drinks on Simchat Torah. Another student is vaping in the school bathroom. The students were already on probation for other unrelated incidents. The information about these activities reaches the school. What is a principal to do?

Schools pride themselves on standards for admission, codes of conduct and disciplinary methods. The

An Undivided Capital? Jerusalem’s Jewish Character Is at Stake as Israel Mulls the Capital’s Boundaries

(Makor Rishon/Exclusive to JNS) For several months now, Israel’s National Security Council has been examining multiple plans that would change the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem. Each proposal tries to deal with the demographic red line toward which the city is racing at full speed: a population comprised of 60 percent Jews

With Torah Guidance, the Orthodox Union Speaks

The announcement by the Orthodox Union leadership to enforce in stages the decision of their rabbinic panel on the unacceptability of female clergy is welcome, timely, prudent, proper and, in today’s environment, courageous. For sure, one would think that “courage” is not required to follow a rabbinic psak; after all, that is

Jews and Poles Don’t Need to Be Enemies

(JNS) Jews and Poles spent most of the first half of the 20th century at each other’s throats. Must they continue on the same destructive path as we head further into the 21st century?

If you’ve been following the pointless controversy engendered by a foolish new law about the Holocaust that was recently passed by the Polish parliament, your answer

Jerusalem: Our Eternal Capital

As the delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations met in the cabinet room, President Clinton turned to me, waiting for a question.

“Mr. President, allow me to read something to you. ‘I believe we should move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.’ Sir, those are