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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Op-eds

We All Have a Responsibility to Our Core Jewish Values

“…Morally speaking, there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings…that indifference to evil is worse than evil itself and that in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.” —Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Like all Americans,

Response from Rabbi Rothwachs: On Substance Abuse, Parenting Doesn't End With Open Dialogue

I applaud The Jewish Link for addressing the issue of substance and alcohol abuse in the yeshiva community, one of both profound and critical importance. As the 

Response from Rabbi Pruzansky: Changing My Mind on School Expulsions

For some time now, we have heard that many of our youth are in a bad way—drinking,

Bigoted Bedfellows: American Muslim Groups AMP and CAIR

On Dec. 8, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) held a protest in front of the White House, reacting to President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The featured speaker was Imam Omar Suleiman, who also led Friday prayers. Suleiman is a notorious bigot who has called homosexuality a

Ending the Silence on Abuse

In the past two months, the avalanche of stories about sexual abuse and harassment has touched virtually every sector of American society. The revelations about deeply troubling behavior on the part of politicians, journalists and figures in the entertainment world have transfixed the country. As more victims come forward to tell

Hebrew Institute of Riverdale Will Conform to OU Standards for Announcing Unions

Last week, Rabbi Yair Hoffman, in an article for the Five Towns Jewish Times, reported that Rabbi Eytan Feiner of the White Shul in Far Rockway, Queens, had issued remarks condemning the much-publicized act of wishing official mazel tovs (in shul publications and from the bimah) to people

The Teaneck Property Tax Burden Should Be Equitable

With the uproar in New Jersey over the possible elimination of federal tax deductions for state and local property taxes, you would think the inequities in the property tax burdens in Teaneck would create more outrage.

While New Jersey is certain to face property tax increases after years of a 2

Yeshiva Teachers Could Be Impacted by House Tax Proposal

Yeshiva teachers could face a significant tax increase under the House of Representatives current tax bill proposal. The statute, which was expected to be voted on by the House after this article went to press, eliminates section 117(d) of Title 26 of the United States code. That section declares that “gross income shall not include any

Who Is the Enemy?

Who is the enemy? These words, asked recently by the American-born leader of the Zehut party, Moshe Feiglin, are easy to articulate yet harder to answer. Who is the enemy? As Americans, we believe, as the Founding Fathers did, in the importance of standing up for righteousness in the world, to fight oppression. As Jews, the aim is

Dr. Adina Shmidman to Lead OU’s Dept. of Women’s Initiatives

Rebbetzin Dr. Adina Shmidman, of the Lower Merion Synagogue in the Philadelphia suburbs, has been named founding director of the Orthodox Union’s Department of Women’s Initiatives.  With extensive experience in Jewish communal work and 20 years teaching female high school students, Dr. Shmidman

Two Very Different Candidates Vie to Be Next NJ Governor

They are as different as two political candidates could be.

But after eight years of the Chris Christie administration, New Jersey voters are most likely looking for as much difference as possible from the outgoing administration, reflected in perhaps the lowest popularity poll numbers in

Why They Keep Leaving Jews Out of the Holocaust

The Canadian government has announced it will correct a memorial plaque at its new National Holocaust Monument, which spoke of the “millions of men, women and children during the Holocaust,” but neglected to mention Jews.

Unfortunately, Canadian Minister of Heritage Melanie Joly has