Friday, March 31, 2023


The Return of Antisemitism

Germany after World War I provides a distant mirror.

Antisemitism is back with a vengeance. According to the Anti-Defamation League, acts of assault, vandalism and harassment against Jews are at the highest level “since ADL’s tracking began in 1979.”



US Colleges That Partner With Al Quds University, Take Heed

Can you imagine the shock and outrage if the official website of one of the two major American political parties praised Dylann Roof, the racist perpetrator of the South Carolina church massacre?

That’s the equivalent of what the Palestinian Authority did this week. So, where’s the shock and


Facing Disaster, the Priority Is Help and Prayer, not Politics

When everything public is seen through a partisan lens, tragedies like the Surfside disaster still bring communities together and remind us about what is most important.

It has become a trope of American culture that the idea of sending “thoughts and prayers” in response to a


Palestinianism: Fueling Anti-Jewish Hysteria

The Palestinian war against Israel is no longer something that the West can regard as a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom they know nothing.

At a recent congressional hearing in America, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has a long history of antisemitic and anti-Israel remarks, equated


Omar Forces a Difficult Choice for Jewish Democrats

After a surge in vioalent antisemitism inspired in no small part by vicious attacks on Israel by members of their party’s left-wing, some Jewish Democrats have had enough. After Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) compared the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban, the 25 Jewish members of the House of Representatives who are Democrats


The Palestinian ‘Battle Flag’

By now, everyone has seen video footage or read articles about angry, young thugs in New York City searching for Jews to beat up or attack with fireworks. We’ve seen the cars in Los Angeles chasing an Orthodox Jew from a synagogue, screaming Allahu Akbar (“God is great”) and the convoy of cars targeting diners at an outdoor


Why Are New Jersey Taxpayers Underwriting Antisemitism?

The tsunami of violent targeting of Jews by pro-Hamas criminals has reached the tri-state area. Just last week, a community rally in Tenafly signaled New Jersey officials that they must do more to combat antisemitic attacks. And a few days ago, Joseph Borgen (see the Queen's Jewish Link's interview with him on page 72), who was severely


OU Launches Emergency Campaign to Assist India During Pandemic Surge

The people of this country are blessed. The unprecedented speed of development and deployment of the vaccine for COVID-19 has brought us to a place where with God’s continued help and blessing we can hope that the worst of the pandemic is behind us.

But the worst seems to lie squarely ahead of India,


AP, Al Jazeera and the Mainstream Media Are Tools in Hamas’ War Against Israel

Journalists are expressing their outrage that the 12-story Al-Jalaa building housing the Gaza headquarters of Associated Press and Al Jazeera was targeted during retaliatory Israeli airstrikes on Saturday.

Al Jazeera Jerusalem bureau chief Walid al-Omari said that by striking the building, Israel was


Why Can’t the News Media Write ‘Terrorist’?

Americans can’t imagine the panic of people who may have no more than 15 seconds to find shelter for themselves, their children, their elderly parents and the disabled. How can this be described as anything but “terror”?

While the American media has been focused on domestic issues, the escalation


‘Bail Reform’ in New York Goes Soft on Anti-Semitic Haters

For those who think that the cause of social justice is not merely an element integral to Judaism but its main focus, this is a heady time. The Black Lives Matter movement and ideas like critical race theory have moved from the margins to the political mainstream. The notion that our societal goal should be “equity” rather than equality


Where Do We Go From Here?

The past year has been filled with challenges. With each storm cloud there is a silver lining. One of the silver linings in the Bergen County community has been the unprecedented level of communal unity. From the very beginning of the pandemic, our community has rallied together. Shuls acted in unison to close in March of 2020 and months

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