Saturday, August 15, 2020


Opposites Detract: Sitting Down with W4W’s Ronit Peskin

Under the guidance of Rabbi Pesach Lerner and others, Ronit Horwitz Peskin and Leah Ahroni are the co-directors of Women for the Wall established in 2013, who are in opposition to Women of the Wall, the denominational women’s prayer group that meets at the Kotel on Rosh Chodesh. Peskin is on a speaking tour across America and Aharoni will do her tour in


RCA Reaches Agreement with Rabbinate

Rabbi Mark Dratch of the Rabbinical Council of America confirmed today (January 19) that an agreement had been reached between the Grand Rabbinate of Israel and the RCA on how letters of “Jewishness,” of Orthodox couples wishing to marry in Israel will be handled.

For the past two years the Grand Rabbinate office had been rejecting a growing number of such


News Briefs

Bibi Meets Abdullah, Round Three

Jordan—PM Bibi Netanyahu and King Abdullah II of Jordan met for the third time in Jordan this year. The Israeli government press office issued a statement saying that the King and the Prime Minister “discussed recent developments in the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians,” with the PM stressing “the


Chief Rabbinate Reverses Decision on Rabbi Avi Weiss

After three months of anger, confusion, and frustration, Jews of the Diaspora who were led to question if their rabbis were “Jewish enough,” got the word that at least one is.

On January 15 it was reported that the Chief Rabbinate of Israel will accept letters from Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, on matters of Jewish and


Growing Needs Among Holocaust Survivors Topic of Senate Hearing

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) commends Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, for focusing on the health and welfare needs of Holocaust victims by holding a committee hearing today entitled, “Aging in Comfort: Assessing the Special Needs of America’s Holocaust Survivors.” As the


Is Intermarriage the New Norm For American Jewry?

Since 2005 nearly six in 10 American Jews have married a non-Jew, up from 46 percent in 1990 and 17 percent before 1970. This statistic rocked the Jewish world last fall when it was revealed in the Pew Research Center’s “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” survey.

Is intermarriage the new norm for American Judaism in the 21st century? While Jewish


Nefesh B’Nefesh Announces Recipients of Inaugural ‘Bonei Zion’ Prize

Jerusalem—Over 200 olim from English-speaking countries—including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, USA and Canada—were nominated for the Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion 2014 prize. The prize recipients were chosen by a prestigious panel of committee members in the following categories: Science & Medicine; Education; Community & Non-Profit;


Meet the Mayor: Steve Fulop, Jersey Boy

Jersey City—Steven Fulop handily beat Jersey City’s incumbent Mayor Jerammiah Healy, despite Healy’s endorsements from Pres. Obama and other Democratic leaders.  Fulop was the only Independent in New Jersey to win a mayoral election last year and you might know him from interviews about scheduled meetings with high state officials being cancelled after he


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


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


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


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