Wednesday, January 27, 2021


Want a Path to Peace? Pound the Table at Abbas

The most important incident during President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East took place out of view of the international press. At the time, it went unreported and unremarked upon. The president not only didn’t mention it publicly, he also failed to tweet about it. But Trump’s outburst of anger at Palestinian


Israel Critics Accidentally Admit There Is No ‘Occupation’

Noted literary couple Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have discovered a new cause: the evils of “the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians.”

Having become experts on the subject after one brief visit to a few sites in the region, Chabon and Waldman have now edited an anthology of essays


US Veterans in Israel: Memorial Day Profiles in Courage and Healing

About 20 veterans commit suicide across the U.S. each day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. An organization providing spiritual healing, suicide prevention and peer support programming for veterans believes Israel is part of the solution.

Leading up to Memorial Day (May 29), JNS.org is


Who is Natan Sharansky?

Just a few weeks ago the Simon Wiesenthal Center with great pride hosted Natan Sharansky at the 2017 Dorothy Gardner Adler State of Anti-Semitism annual lecture series endowed in perpetuity by her son Allen Adler. One after another, those both in my age group as well as the generation before us stood in awe of this figurative giant


A Communal Cheshbon HaNefesh:  Taking Stock of the Orthodox Community

This week, as the year 5777 winds to a close, Yeshiva University inducted Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman as its new president. In addition to President Berman’s induction and the important speech he delivered during the ceremony, two other voices have emerged in the past week that represent key sectors of our community. Rabbi Daniel Alter, the head of The Moriah


The Jewish Left’s Anti-Semitism Problem

Jewish progressives have a serious problem with anti-Semitism. They deny it where it’s obvious, and fight passionately against it where it doesn’t exist.

In 2017 alone, the Jewish left has embraced Keith Ellison, Linda Sarsour and Rasmeah Odeh. It has savaged President Trump, Steve Bannon


Paying It Forward—a Call to All  College-Age B’nei and B’not Torah

I am very privileged to work with many of the kids and teens in our community. I serve as a division head at Camp Kaylie, a teen program director at Congregation Beth Abraham, a counselor at Camp Simcha, the head counselor at Camp Malchus, an occasional rebbe at The Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey (RYNJ) and The Marsha Stern


Sunday School—An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Among the many aspects of the modern Orthodox community of which we should be proud, the Modern Orthodox school system is perhaps the finest.  Modern Orthodox schools produce highly educated and refined youngsters who have excellent backgrounds in both limudei kodesh and chol.  Modern orthodox schools integrate the lessons of modern


Why Does America’s Largest Cell Carrier Call Israel ‘Palestine’?

When Mark Rosenblatt touched down at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv April 5 and powered on his cell phone, he got the surprise of his mobile technology life.

Rosenblatt received a text message from his cell phone carrier, Verizon, reading, “Welcome to Palestine.”


A Horrible Warning

This week we learn of the unthinkable use of chlorine gas as a weapon against Syrians as the Bashar al-Assad regime reaches yet another level of despicability.

As we condemn without hesitation the use of chemical weapons, we tell the leaders of the free world that if this act doesn’t spur action, we


Let’s Keep Israel a Bipartisan Issue

Friends from New Jersey and across the country traveled to our nation’s capital last week in support of Israel for AIPAC’s annual policy conference. Amid a climate of partisan finger pointing and nastiness, I’m comforted seeing many Democrats, Republicans and Independents come together from around the country to


Our Job #1: Fighting Anti-Semitism Whatever the Source

Perhaps it was the lead-up to Purim. Perhaps it was the unprecedented and incredibly divisive Clinton-Trump presidential campaign. Perhaps it originates with the alt-right or, with equal possibility, the alt-left.

The ugly truth is that American Jewry is confronted with an array of