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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Israel/World

Getting More For Your Tax Dollars

Teaneck—At a time when taxes are high and making ends meet is a challenge to all, the Council continues to look for ways to save taxpayer money. One example is the recent plan to change the municipal building office hours. A few years ago, the Council explored a way to accommodate the hundreds of residents that use the municipal building every month by offering more

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Ancient Traditions, Modern Challenges: Rinat Yisrael Faces Contemporary Reality via Film

Teaneck—On Saturday evening, Feb. 1, 2014, 8 pm, at Cong. Rinat Yisrael of Teaneck, Rabbi Yosef Adler, Rosh Yeshiva of Torah Academy of Bergen County (and rabbi of Rinat Yisrael) and Mrs. Yocheved Schacter, well-known psychologist, will moderate two short movies that address difficult issues facing the contemporary Orthodox Jewish community—young people

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Fair Lawn: Radburn Parking Fees Hiked

Fair Lawn—During a nearly two-hour marathon meeting on Tuesday, January 14th, almost 100 residents crowded into municipal hall for a special discussion regarding the new parking ordinance for the Radburn train station.

On November 12, 2013, just a few days after the elections, the town council approved a plan to replace the old annual

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Farewell, Lonesome Prophet/Warrior

In 1993, I interviewed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in New York City when he was a civilian, a warrior on the battlefield of politics, no longer in the IDF. The following is based on that interview. While we can dissect his military and political acts ad infinitim, the man never changed his basic philosophy of life, war and peace. I did not know then that I

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RYNJ Adopting Unique Wong Educational System

Author to Visit School in February

RYNJ has been revolutionary in implementing a unique and innovative professional development program in 2013-14 to develop a “culture of consistency” throughout the yeshiva. Teachers and administrators are collaborating together to discuss such topics as maintaining positive expectations for students,

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RCA Rejects Chief Rabbinate Statement

Riverdale—After remaining silent for more than two months, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) issued a statement last Sunday unequivocally rejecting the statement of the Chief Rabbinate’s legal advisor and denying any part in the rejection of Rabbi Avi Weiss’ testimony that affirmed the Jewishness of two of his former congregants who made Aliyah and

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Yachad Partners with SibShops For Feb. 1st Event

Nineteen percent of individuals nationwide have a disability of some sort, but they are not the only ones who may need special assistance or programming of some sort. SibShops, the Sibling Support Project, aims to fill a hole and help brothers and sisters of special needs individuals worldwide.

SibShops recently came to New Jersey via a partnership

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News Briefs

Shining Light on PSE&G Scam

Scammers are using a new ploy to relieve people of their hard-earned cash. Posing as PSE&G representatives, they threaten to turn off gas and electric service unless an immediate cash payment is made by use of a Green Dot Money Pak available at convenience stores and pharmacies. The victim is then to provide the number on the

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News Briefs

Unlikely, but Possible Allies—Iran and the U.S.

Washington—The U.S. and Iran find themselves facing the same enemies and may end up sitting on the same side of the table on a number of issues, including dealing with Sunni insurgents all around the Middle East. Both governments oppose the growing Sunni insurgency, whose members raise the Al Qaeda flag as

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Modern Language Association Heads for Trouble

As JLBC was going to press, members of the Modern Language Association (MLA), an organization of literary scholars and, with what was until a few weeks ago a vaunted reputation, is presenting a workshop designed to convince members of the MLA to ban all official cooperation with Israeli professors, universities and academicians, as the American Studies

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Genetic Research Challenges Jewish Peoplehood Identity

Recent news reports about genetic discoveries concerning Jewish people have caused some to say these studies are motivated by racism. They are not. They do however attempt to determine if Jews are a race, a tribe, a people, a religious affinity or a multi-faceted combination of all of the above. Is there, as geneticist Dr. Harry Ostrer proposes, a “biological basis

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Waiting and Seeing on Agunah Court

As 2014 begins, little has been revealed about the new International Agunah Beit Din to begin functioning in February of this year as announced at the bi-annual conference of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) on December 8.

Rabbi Simcha Krauss has agreed to serve as the head of the court. He is a lecturer in Yeshiva University’s IBC

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