Saturday, October 01, 2022



Last week, following a Jewish-heritage centered trip my mother and I took to central and eastern Europe, I kept starting – stopping – and starting again to write and organize my thoughts. I did not share them because my thoughts felt jumbled, I was not sure who would want to read them, not sure I was adding to the “conversation.” I also felt like I was


GA Brings Dialogue to Israel, Attempting to Bridge Political Divide

In a greater attempt to be heard by Israel’s ruling establishment, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) held their annual General Assembly in Tel Aviv with the theme “Israel and the Diaspora: ‘We need to talk.’”

In recent years, much of American Jewry’s primarily liberal


‘But Everyone’s Doing It’: Gaining Some Control of What Seems Uncontrollable

“But all my friends are doing it.”

Heard that one before? So many parents grapple with their children’s social and recreational use of technology.

Arguments lead to frustration and helplessness for all of us. We struggle daily, knowing we should be limiting and monitoring our children’s use of electronic devices, and yet we feel


Recalling Mahwah’s Mayor

For the first time in seven years, a New Jersey official will be forced to face the voters early due to a recall election. Thanks to petitioners handing in at least 4,150 valid signatures calling for a revote on the position, Mahwah Mayor William Laforet will be on the ballot in November. The recall appears to be focused on


I Believe This Palestinian Teenager

Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager jailed for assaulting an Israeli soldier, says she supports violence against Jews and seeks the destruction of Israel.

I believe her.

And I believe that groups such as J Street, which have defended Tamimi and claimed that


25 Years of Illusions About Oslo Accords

When the Trump administration announced that it was ending its funding of the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) last week, the protests from the foreign-policy establishment were loud and anguished.

UNRWA has perpetuated the refugee problem it was established to solve and has become one


Some Thoughts on John McCain

My first experience with Senator John McCain was about 12 years ago when I was asked by Yeshiva University to request his attendance at its annual dinner as a keynote speaker. I had met him in the past at events promoting US-Israel relations, but I had few personal ties to him or his office. I knew he was interested in running


SodaStream and PepsiCo Put Fizzle Into BDS

“Who is BDS?” That was the question SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum asked with noticeable swagger on Israel’s Channel 10 TV earlier this week.

SodaStream, the Israeli company that manufactures seltzer-making machines and employs Jews and Palestinians on equal wage scales, has for years been


We've Heard This Gaza Story Before

"Israel has a right to self-defense in the face of indiscriminate violence and vicious attacks against civilian populations," said New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez. "It is an appalling but often-used tactic by Hamas to launch rockets indiscriminately at Israeli population centers. Nobody should be surprised that a terrorist organization is once again resorting to terror


It’s Not the Nationality Law, It’s the Jewish State They Hate

The ink on Israel’s Nationality Law had barely dried before a torrent of accusations and hatred rained down upon the Israeli government like a volley of rhetorical Katyusha rockets. In addition to everything else, apparently Israelis are now not even allowed to have their own nationality.



Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing: Finally Talking About Hashem

Over the past few weeks, there has been much talk over a series of articles that were recently published in Mishpacha Magazine. The original article, written by Rachel Ginsberg, focused on the chasidut of the Baal Shem Tov and the so-called “neo-chasidic” movement in America. The article was met with much criticism from Rabbi


Your Turn: NJ’s Double Standard on School Security Funding

Quite possibly, the worst nightmare of any parent is to receive a call or email about a serious breach of security at their child’s school.

Local and statewide education leaders and elected officials are determined to do all they can to increase the safety of and prevent violence in

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