Saturday, June 03, 2023


Seizing a 'Viral Opportunity'

Gershon Distenfeld’s “A Viral Opportunity” (April 23, 2020) created a lot of dialogue last week. I appreciated his passionate and well-reasoned plea to the Modern Orthodox community to reexamine its priorities. He acknowledged that many families struggling with the financial burdens of Modern Orthodox life are still considered


My Experience at CPAC

I’ve long wanted to attend the annual CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) gathering in Washington DC. Given the unprecedented stakes in the 2020 election, I decided that this was the year I would finally take the plunge.

It’s quite scary but there’s a real chance that we could elect a


The Deal Within the ‘Deal of the Century’

At the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs on Sunday, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman worked to clarify miscommunications surrounding just how fast Israel will be able to fully apply its sovereignty over Jewish settlements and strategic tracts of land set to “immediately” become part of Israel as part of the U.S.


Why Are Democrats Skipping Out on AIPAC?

Who’s going to #SkipAIPAC? The hashtag campaign created by the anti-Zionist IfNotNow group is winning even when their demands that Democrats, and especially their presidential candidates, stay away from the annual AIPAC policy conference next month are opposed.

The radical group scored an unexpected


Understanding the ‘Deal of the Century’ From a Muslim Perspective

Unsurprisingly, the Palestinian answer to the Trump administration’s historic “deal of the century” peace plan—as it would have been to any plan—was a resounding “no.”

The ultimate source of Palestinian rejectionism comes from the deeply rooted belief that according to Islamic law, any


New York and New Jersey: Sanctuary States for Anti-Semitic Hate?

With anti-Semitic assaults on visibly identifiable Jews in the New York area continuing seemingly without letup, many are asking why the largest population center of American Jewry finds itself immersed in what some have likened to a modern-day, slow-motion pogrom.

If anything, the attacks have become so


When Dreams Meet Reality

Last Shabbat we read Paashat Miketz. It marked the 10th time we have read this parsha since the fall of 2009, which marked the low point of the Great Recession of 2008. During that time unemployment was close to 10% and the Dow was under 9000. Since that time, unemployment has dropped by almost two-thirds and the Dow has more than


Why Do American Jews Oppose An Israeli Consensus on Settlements?

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this week that the United States no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be in violation of international law, most Israelis were clearly pleased. But a good portion of American Jews weren’t. This tells us more about American Jewish priorities and indifference to


Socialism Becomes the Anti-Semitism of the Enlightened

In recent years, socialism—the ideology that gave birth to some of the worst horrors of the 20th century—has made a comeback. Only 30 years after it was consigned to an unlamented grave with the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is making its political return.

Part of this surge in sympathy for


The Importance of Day School Education

In many Jewish homes, the conversation around the Shabbat table regularly circles back to day school education. Families are grateful that their children attend wonderful schools with resources and opportunities well beyond what my generation had access to. At the same time, they are often deeply troubled and stressed by the burden


Israel Needs to Wake Up With Regard to the Iranian Threat

Israel marks the anniversary of the 1973 Yom Kippur War this week, a war that cost thousands of young Israelis their lives.

The war caught Israel completely off guard because Israeli intelligence analysts had been wedded to a paradigm that had them convinced war was very unlikely.


Israel’s Flailing Democracy

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that she is opening an official impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump struck many Israelis as yet another sign that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump are in the same boat. Both are being hounded by legal elites who will stop at nothing to oust them

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