A Response to the Wall Street Journal Op-Ed (Why This Rabbi Is Swearing Off Kosher Meat)
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman]
An Op-Ed appeared recently in the Wall Street Journal by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz that can only be described as a terrible blurring of lines. Rabbi Yanklowitz was explaining why he, as an Orthodox Rabbi, will no longer be eating Kosher meat because, as it is currently produced, the animals are raised on the very same animal-rights-abusing farms as non-kosher meats are raised.
This article is not about government (or for that matter Rabbinic) oversight on the way ...
Op-Ed: Chris Christie, Omitting The Obvious
For Chris Christie, it was a chance at redemption. After his last big appearance at a Jewish event ended in controversy following his utilization of a provocative term to describe the Judea and Samaria region in Israel, the New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential hopeful was expected to make amends when he took to the podium as a featured speaker at yet another high-profile Jewish affair.
The posh awards dinner in Manhattan for The Values Network, which was founded by Rabbi Shmuley ...
Op-Ed: Exploring 'What We Know About' East Ramapo
[By Yossi Gestetner]
The "Rockland Clergy for Social Justice" wrote an article in the Jewish Week headlined "here is what we know about East Ramapo." The nine signatories, including many who do not live and nor have children in the District, list fifteen things separately which are intended to paint the ERCSD Board of Education in Rockland County as corrupt, careless and criminal. The writers use the list to call for an abstract "oversight" by the State.
But at closer ...
Op-Ed: De Blasio Is A Hypocrite
Not that most of us ever had a doubt, but there is now no question about it. NYC's new liberal demagogue mayor is a despicable hypocrite, and he must be called out.
Just a few months ago, the Jewish community was stunned to learn the horrible news that Menachem Stark Z"L had been abducted and murdered, his lifeless and burned body found smoldering in a dumpster. If the story itself wasn't enough pain to bear, what followed next was outrageous.
The New York Post featured an image of the ...
Op-Ed: The Case For Increased Financial Controls In Our Shuls and Schools
[By Yaakov Goldstein]
This past August, the CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty was arrested and charged with stealing more than $5 million during his tenure in that position which began in 1993. Then a senior executive at a prominent Jewish nonprofit organization resigned from his position because of his alleged link to this scandal. Back in 2011, a treasurer of a New York shul was sentenced to up to 4 years in prison for stealing more than $634,000 from the shul’s bank ...
Op-Ed: Drawing the line on J Street
[By Farley Weiss - Originally published by Jpost]
The Conference of Presidents rejection of J Street’s membership application was the right decision. During the nearly yearlong after J Street applied for membership in the Conference, there was no change in J Street’s outspoken criticism of Israel. Clearly acceptance of membership would have led to a legitimization of J Street’s positions and actions, and in our view to significant long-term damage to the pro-Israel movement in ...
Op-Ed: The Unnoticed Main Financiers of the $3.2 Billion U.F.T. Payout: Yeshiva Parents
When a beaming Mayor Bill de Blasio shared the stage yesterday with the Teacher’s Union leaders to announce a deal to grant them increases to the tune of 5.5 billion dollars – reduced to 3.2 billion dollars after cost savings – the main benefactors of that deal went unmentioned: Yeshiva parents who'd finance that deal and much more.
According to a preliminary review, Yeshiva parents in New York City save the city in the area of 2 billion dollars annually. That amount will easily cover ...
Op-Ed: Secretary Kerry Dishonors Yom Hashoah 2014
[This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on FOX News]
What do the allegation of “apartheid Israel” and Yom Hashoah, the annual commemoration of the Holocaust, have in common?
The former is the modern face of anti-Semitism. The latter is the reminder that anti-Semitism begets violence, horrible violence – crimes against humanity.
So when Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on April 25, 2014 just prior to Yom Hashoah, that Israel is on the verge of becoming an ...
Op-Ed: Deri Blinded by Personal Ambitions
There can be no question that the appointment of HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen as the official head of the Shas Council of Torah Sages is another Deri blunder, one that will most likely contribute to the downfall of the party in the next Knesset elections. While no one questions the gadlus of Rav Cohen chas v’sholom, he remains the wrong man for the job.
Aryeh Deri, the wonder boy who according to many is credited with building the Shas party and its affiliated institutions has lost his magic ...
Op-Ed: Bill de Blasio: The First 100 Days
One hundred days have passed since that frigid January afternoon when we gathered outside City Hall to witness the inauguration of our city’s 109th mayor. While Bill de Blasio has long proven himself as an effective elected official who understands the struggles of the average New Yorker and as a close ally to New York City’s Jewish community, in his short time in office de Blasio has already hit the ground running and is taking concrete steps to uphold his promise of bringing progressive ...
Op-Ed: Kudos To The Jewish Press For Their Apology
Kudos to the Jewish Press on doing something remarkable. Rashi (Vayikrah 4:22) tells us, “Asher Nasi yecheta – when a prince sins – This is from the root of Ashrei – fortunate. Fortunate is the generation when its leaders admit to error.” Admitting to an error and taking decisive action when the error is pointed out is something that the Torah values highly. If you read the Rashi carefully, however, we find something fascinating. It is not just that the Nasi – the leader is on a ...
Op-Ed: The Shocking Headline Published By The Jewish Press About The Manhattan Atzeres Tefillah
It was a headline befitting Der Sturmer Magazine, not the Jewish Press. “50,000 Chareidim March So Only Other Jews Die in War.” True, it was an op-ed by an individual, but nonetheless it was run in what is ostensibly a Torah newspaper.
Reading the tone and seeing the vitriol of this article one would have thought that the next line was “The Rabbis are our misfortune.”
The caption on the photo read, “They flooded downtown Manhattan with the anti-draft for Haredim message: ...
Analysis On The Atzeres Tefillah In Manhattan
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman]
This is a response to my good friend Reb Barry Jacobson’s remarks on the Asifa this past Sunday in Manhattan. It also addresses his inquiry printed in the Five Towns Jewish Times about Torah sources regarding Bnei Torah continuing to study rather than serving in the army. There is no question, of course, that the soldiers who are protecting the nation against the enemies of the Jewish people are fulfilling a remarkable task and a holy role. Certainly, all of us who ...
Opinion: Obama Talking Sanctions Against Israel
In the strange upside-down world that we live in, where victims are punished and their assailants awarded with Nobel prizes, it is no surprise that Iran has become a popular, beloved state while Israel is seen as a pariah to be isolated, with threats of boycotts intensifying. In an interview with Jewish self-hater Jeff Goldberg, Obama yesterday warned that this is the last chance Bibi will have to strike a deal with the Arabs, and that if Bibi does not seize the moment, America will unlikely be ...
Analysis: Tax Overhaul Bill Headed For The Shelf
Ordinarily, the late-winter introduction of major legislation by the chairman of a powerful committee might signal a major push in Congress for an election-year accomplishment.
That's not the case with tax reform, which now takes its place in the "do not disturb" corner with immigration legislation, trade bills and an increase in the federal minimum wage.
When Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, unveiled his 182-page summary for revising the tax code ...
Yeshiva Boys Smoking: Stopping The Madness Once And For All
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman]
Let’s picture the true story of a wonderful Bais Yaakov girl in high school.
She has friends, she loves her Torah classes. She does well in Limudei Chol. She has a life. We shall call her “Shaina.”
Little does she realize that, not too far away, there is a Yeshiva that has a policy which will help ruin Shaina’s life forever.
Let’s fast forward a few years. We see Shaina, our former Bais Yaakov girl, crying. She is carefully taking care of her soon ...
Op-Ed: Obama's Empty State of the Union Address & Israel
Delivering what many view as an empty state of the union address, one that included promises voiced in previous years by US President Barak Obama, many fear the White House will now significantly turn up the heat on Israel to make concessions to the PA (Palestinian Authority). The White House spoke of a number of executive orders in a vain effort to signal it will succeed in implementing policy on the president’s agenda, leading many to fear the administration will divert citizens’ agenda ...