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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Op-eds

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

Don’t Guard Your Tongue? The Rise of the Woman’s Confessional

For those who of you who only clicked this link because it included the word “confessional,” you can go ahead and stop reading right now, because you’re not going to learn anything about me that you didn’t already know. Since I am not Catholic, the English word confession is not necessarily a word I associate that often

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