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Saturday, March 28, 2020

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Talent Comes in a Skirt: Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver

When being a household-name is a huge plus in politics, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver enters New Jersey’s senatorial primary race with a disadvantage. She is running against two well-known congressmen, Rush Holt and Frank Pallone, as well as Cory Booker, the popular mayor from Newark, NJ, who has almost a million and-a-half Twitter followers. That’s hard to tweet

A Rush to Judgment: Congressman Rush Holt

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second.

When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”

Albert Einstein

Is it any surprise that the Jewish person Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) admires most is physicist Albert Einstein? Holt, the eight-term

Cory Booker: Honorary Member of the Tribe

For New Jersey’s vibrant Jewish community, and for Jews throughout the U.S. and Israel, Newark mayor, Cory Booker, if elected, could very well become one of the staunchest allies and best friends that they have ever had in the Senate. Despite the frenetic pace in the waning days of the campaign, Cory Booker carved out some time to speak with JLBC about his “Jewish

Antisemitic Incidents In US Declined 14 Percent in 2012

New York—The total number of antisemitic incidents in the United States fell by 14 percent in 2012, continuing a two-year trend of incremental declines, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents.

The ADL Audit reported a total of 927 antisemitic incident sacross the U.S. in 2012 including assaults, vandalism and

CUFI Student Activists Seek to Legitimize Pro-Israel Message On Campus

WASHINGTON, DC—Sam Bain knew that life could be dangerous in southern Israel, with rockets fired indiscriminately across the border from Gaza. But it wasn’t until the Ohio college student visited an Israeli day care center near the Gaza border that the reality truly hit him.

This day care center was a bomb-safe facility. “We don’t have

Minister Likens PA Peace Agreements to Mecca Truce Broken by Muhammad

Minister Likens PA Peace Agreements to Mecca Truce Broken by Muhammad

(JNS.org)— PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, in a sermon attended by PA President Mahmoud Abbas—on the day renewed peace negotiations with Israel were announced—compared PA peace agreements to a 10-year truce that was broken by the Prophet Muhammad after two

My Daf Yomi Journey

Jim England once said: “There is great meaning in life for those who are willing to journey.”

In my long time role as a high school basketball coach I have often found myself conveying to my players my strong belief that the basketball season is a journey that in many ways mirrors life itself. The journey is comprised of numerous peaks and

Zachor Et Asher Asah Lecha…WHO?? Me??!!

I’ve been called kike, cheap Jew, and Hymie. To the best of my recollection, never Amalek.

Amalek is a biblical phrase, so I would assume that it is at least one level higher in Kedusha than the other terms. I just don’t know if I feel comfortable in the Amalek role—it’s very not me….

I want to use this forum for two distinct purposes. First,

A Fan of God: A Letter from a Sports and Davening Enthusiast

What if tefillah was a professional sport? What if the best prayers were sought after, offered outrageous contracts and earned extraordinary fame throughout the world? What if everyone would seek the best seats to every home game, invest in season tickets and sport their team’s jersey and various other franchise merchandise? And what if we would all be

Ideas in Collision

Ideas are important. We value learning, scholarship, and a reasoned approach to life. Underlying these values is the pursuit of ideas -- ideas about the universe, about God and man, and ideas about how best to live our lives. Among our greatest heroes are the men and women who have advanced civilization by promoting groundbreaking scientific, religious, and moral

What An Embarrassment!

The city of Montreal has suffered through many high power investigations over the past year dealing with corruption at the highest levels of government—much of it dealing with bribes, payoffs and extortion. Mayors from various boroughs in the city, as well as many city council members, were found guilty of accepting payola. While practically all the politicians in

Folliclely Challenged

I’m folliclely challenged. It doesn’t hurt to say it. Too much. It’s not like being folliclely challenged came as a surprise when I hit my 40’s. Oh no. I didn’t spend the years prior with a thick and full head of hair. I had few options upon my trips to the barber. Shampoo costs were minimal.

Sigh.

When I was a senior in college, my