Wednesday, June 03, 2020

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Shabbos Scooters

We were recently struck by the tragedy of two of our friends being struck by a car. Let us remember Shelly Mermelstein A"H  and continue to pray for the recovery of Micah Kaufman.

I remember as a boy playing stickball on the streets of New York on Shabbos and being publicly rebuked by a neighbor.


The Importance of the World Zionist Elections on March 11

The World Zionist Organization elections take place every five years and are open to all Jews in the Diaspora. The party with the largest turnout of votes receives $1.1 billion every year for five years to pursue its agenda. There are 15 parties running in the election, only four of which are Orthodox:


Bernie Sanders: Driving the Mandate for Aliyah

This past week we have seen Bernie Sanders take a commanding lead in the Democratic primary, Mike Bloomberg have a catastrophic debate performance, and anti-Semitic threats on 18 JCCs around the country.

In addition, candidate Bernie Sanders announced he is boycotting the AIPAC Conference next week,


Active Shooter Protocol

It’s important to know what to do during an active shooter attack and I was pleased to read about the recent seminar at St. Mary’s Hospital (“St. Mary’s Active Shooter Seminar Seeks to Save Lives,” February 13) but I must offer one important correction. The article states, “a civilian should never attempt to


Combating Anti-Semitism

On Monday evening, February 10, Mark Weitzman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center addressed the Highland Park community on “Anti-Semitism: The Evil in Our Midst.”

Mark Weitzman is the director of government affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center and is a member of the official U.S. delegation to the International


I Spy With My Jewish Eye

Even though the Miami Marathon did not occur during yeshiva week this year, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a girl in a skirt or a boy wearing a yarmulka every quarter of a mile as I was pushed through the streets of Miami by my Kids of Courage counselors. Our individual fundraising team pushed to reach


Anti-Semitism in Our Midst

Two seemingly disparate pieces in this week’s JLNJ (“Bipartisan NJ Bill Will Allow Guns in Shul,” by Harry Glazer, February 12, and “Why Are Democrats Skipping Out on AIPAC,” by Jonathan Tobin, February 13) are actually two parts of the same problem, that is, the alarming increase in anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment in the


Tackling the ‘Ashke-Sefard Dilemma’

Joel Davidi Weisberger’s feature article about my piece “The Ashke-Sefard Dilemma” (A Response to “The Ashke-Sefard Dilemma,” February 6, 2020) delineates various nuances in Hebrew pronunciation about which there is no argument. However, my usage of the term Sephardic Hebrew, as opposed to Israeli Hebrew, is simply a literal


Keeping Hebrew Dialects Alive

I totally agree with Rabbi Joel Davidi Weisberger’s assertions in his article (A Response to ‘The Ashke-Sefard Dilemma,’ February 6, 2020). It is very sad to me that, in the melting pot that was the Yishuv in the pre-state era and in the early stages of Israel existence, we have lost the distinct pronunciations of the Hebrew


Let’s Avoid Divisiveness

I was very disheartened when I read the two stories that appeared on page 9, Allison Davis’ post on The Teaneck Drum and “Taking a Lesson From Dr. King: Divisive Attacks Have No Place in Government” by Mark Schwartz. (January 30, 2020)

I first read the post sent by Ms. Davis to The Teaneck Drum.


Remembering Paul Freedman, z”l

For those who are alumni of Camp Hillel, White Lake, NY, in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, one cannot help but smile at the name Paul Freedman. I recently heard of Paul’s passing and needed to express some thoughts at the loss of a truly special soul. Paul acted as the nature counselor at Hillel, taking children on overnights and


Vote for the ZOA Coalition, To Defend Israel, Sovereignty And the Jewish People

A few days ago, the 2020, once-in-five-years election for the World Zionist Congress began. We urge you to vote for the ZOA Coalition slate (Slate #11) today. Please go to VoteZOA.org for the voting link.

We’re a coalition of 27 of the strongest activist pro-Israel organizations, including the Zionist