Academics traditionally wear the mantle of freedom of expression with great pride. They embrace the open exchange of ideas and embolden others to engage in independent thinking and knowledge-enhancing exercises. These scholars are generally well-respected and their disciplined pursuit of academic excellence in their respective subject areas is extremely
The 2013 general election results in New Jersey became official recently, revealing a number of interesting points about voter turnout throughout the state. I would like to share some of those items with you.
The overall turnout was 39.6%. That is the lowest voter response ever in a gubernatorial election in the State of New Jersey. The lowest previous turnout
In times where the cohesive vision of the American Dream seems to be dissolving into an American entitlement-nightmare—which will certainly drown us from sea to shining sea—we may need to remind the “give-me, give-me” denizens of this country what that vision was all about. The definition of the American Dream, seemingly remote, thank God can still easily be
Individuals who come together in a community maintain a shared identity. Communities, and social groups of all kinds, are defined by common behaviors, beliefs and values.
But communal identity may also have a negative component, defined by behaviors, beliefs and values which a community does not accept. What a group perceives as offensive in a rival
“Gevalt! The goyim are after us! It’s the Second Holocaust! Jews are not safe in Hungary—or anywhere in Europe!
My mother’s favorite story: Two Jews in post-Anschluss Vienna are walking through an antisemitic neighborhood. They see that they are being followed by two Nazi thugs. One of the Jews says to his friend, “We’d better make
As New Jersey voters went to the polls on Election Day, there were those who questioned whether the race at the top of the ticket could even be considered a “race.” The gubernatorial contest, which ordinarily would be replete with intrigue and suspense, was totally devoid of any drama. The race for governor was, for all intents and purposes, over before it even
Garden State Plaza Mall on lockdown after random shots are fired
Ironically, we didn’t even want to go that night. Our flight back from Chicago had been delayed and we had just spent a lively but tiring weekend with our children and grandchildren. On the other hand, the tickets to the movie screening at the Garden State Mall in Paramus
On Tuesday, November 5th, the New Jersey Jewish community will have an opportunity to show its strength to elected officials and political parties around the state. On that day, every state office from the governor through the State Legislature is up for grabs. On that day, we have the ability to do something that is granted to every citizen in New Jersey,
The year was 2006, and as we sat in the backseat of a town car driving through North Beverly Hills, Rabbi Grossman watched in amazement as a machine was talking to the driver.
“What is this machine called?” asked the Rav.
“A GPS”, he was told. Having no Internet or TV in his home, much less a GPS in his own car, Rabbi Grossman was star-struck,
In the first part of this article, I presented some ideas as to the origins of racism, discussed some problematic statements in the Talmud and suggested why those statements should not be used as models for public discourse today. In this continuation, I will present some other Talmudic statements and suggest how we, as individuals and as a group
Women of the Wall (WoW) was founded 25 years ago as a women’s minyan at the Western Wall to meet on the first of every Jewish month. A few years ago, some of WoW’s leaders started getting arrested for wearing non-“feminine” (read: colorful) talitot and tefillin in violation of a 2003 Israeli Supreme Court ruling. In April 2013, this ruling was deemed to be