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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Op-eds

Aliyah Assumptions: Perception or Reality?

Israelis make less money. School is free in Israel. Israeli health care is free. Real estate in Israel is expensive.

These are the assumptions often made by many who are considering aliyah. Which of these assumptions are based in reality and which are perceptions?

Responding to NY Times Criticism of the Kushners

While I usually try to stay above the fray of partisan criticism, I was personally dismayed and appalled at the New York Times piece (published November 17, titled “Are Jared and Ivanka Good for the Jews?”) that used partisan Jews to criticize Ivanka and Jared Kushner as being bad for the Jewish community because of their

When Both Sides Lost: Mahwah’s Election Results

To borrow from Shakespeare’s Mercutio: “A plague on both your houses.” That is my read on how voters in the Township of Mahwah viewed two of the candidates, incumbents Mayor William “Bill” Laforet and Council President Rob Hermansen, in last Tuesday’s election, in which both individuals lost their respective

When Both Sides Lost: Mahwah’s Election Results

To borrow from Shakespeare’s Mercutio: “A plague on both your houses.” That is my read on how voters in the Township of Mahwah viewed two of the candidates, incumbents Mayor William “Bill” Laforet and Council President Rob Hermansen, in last Tuesday’s election, in which both individuals lost their respective seats.

These two elections had nothing to

Memory

Last week, following a Jewish-heritage centered trip my mother and I took to central and eastern Europe, I kept starting – stopping – and starting again to write and organize my thoughts. I did not share them because my thoughts felt jumbled, I was not sure who would want to read them, not sure I was adding to the “conversation.” I also felt like I was

GA Brings Dialogue to Israel, Attempting to Bridge Political Divide

In a greater attempt to be heard by Israel’s ruling establishment, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) held their annual General Assembly in Tel Aviv with the theme “Israel and the Diaspora: ‘We need to talk.’”

In recent years, much of American Jewry’s primarily liberal

‘But Everyone’s Doing It’: Gaining Some Control of What Seems Uncontrollable

“But all my friends are doing it.”

Heard that one before? So many parents grapple with their children’s social and recreational use of technology.

Arguments lead to frustration and helplessness for all of us. We struggle daily, knowing we should be limiting and monitoring our children’s use of electronic devices, and yet we feel

Recalling Mahwah’s Mayor

For the first time in seven years, a New Jersey official will be forced to face the voters early due to a recall election. Thanks to petitioners handing in at least 4,150 valid signatures calling for a revote on the position, Mahwah Mayor William Laforet will be on the ballot in November. The recall appears to be focused on

I Believe This Palestinian Teenager

Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager jailed for assaulting an Israeli soldier, says she supports violence against Jews and seeks the destruction of Israel.

I believe her.

And I believe that groups such as J Street, which have defended Tamimi and claimed that

25 Years of Illusions About Oslo Accords

When the Trump administration announced that it was ending its funding of the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) last week, the protests from the foreign-policy establishment were loud and anguished.

UNRWA has perpetuated the refugee problem it was established to solve and has become one

Some Thoughts on John McCain

My first experience with Senator John McCain was about 12 years ago when I was asked by Yeshiva University to request his attendance at its annual dinner as a keynote speaker. I had met him in the past at events promoting US-Israel relations, but I had few personal ties to him or his office. I knew he was interested in running

SodaStream and PepsiCo Put Fizzle Into BDS

“Who is BDS?” That was the question SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum asked with noticeable swagger on Israel’s Channel 10 TV earlier this week.

SodaStream, the Israeli company that manufactures seltzer-making machines and employs Jews and Palestinians on equal wage scales, has for years been