False Accusations & The Withholding Of A Get
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman]
Most people are already sensitized to how horrible it is to withhold a Get from an ex-wife. It causes needless pain and suffering, not to mention major Chilul Hashem, a desecration of the Divine Name. Recently, this author posed the following question to a major Posaik. “Is it ever permitted for an ex-husband to withhold the giving of a Get to his wife?”
The Posaik responded that it was never permitted to withhold a Get in order to try to negotiate better ...
Reflections On The Elections
There have been over the past two weeks many disturbing news items about the recent municipal elections in Israel. These have primarily focused on the mounting tension between Degel HaTorah (the political party backed by Maran Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman) and Eitz (the political party backed by Maran Rav Shmuel Auerbach). This escalated with stories that Eitz affiliates learning in Degel affiliated Kollelim would need to sign a Marxist style document pledging allegiance to Degel.
Am Yisroel is ...
Analysis: Post-Shutdown, Pragmatism Is In
Electability and pragmatism won. Ideology and rigidity lost.
In Democratic-leaning New Jersey, voters gave Republican Chris Christie a second term and rewarded him for his bipartisan, get-it-done, inclusive pitch. In swing state Virginia, voters narrowly rejected Republican Ken Cuccinelli's uncompromising, conservative approach.
If there's a lesson from Tuesday's off-year elections, it might be that during a time of deep divisions within the Republican Party, staunchly conservative GOP ...
Op-Ed By Councilman David Greenfield: Don't Hurt Our Community. Vote TODAY!
New York City’s mayoral campaign has attracted a huge amount of attention from the media over the past few months, with countless stories gracing the pages of this and many other newspapers. It is nearly impossible to go a day without hearing the latest from the campaign trail. Still, despite the importance of choosing our city’s next mayor and positions such as Comptroller, District Attorney and Council Member, history indicates that many in our community will fail to cast a ballot on ...
MAILBAG: Why I Won't Be Voting For Chaim Deutsch
I am writing you this letter the night before Election Day 2013, as we prepare to vote for our next Mayor, Councilman, District Attorney and others. I am frustrated and quite frankly annoyed and utterly fed-up with these candidates.
This is my problem:
For the past week, my home phone has been ringing (literally) off the hook by harassing telemarketers (both automated, and real-live humans) yelling in my ears about whom I should vote for.
First of all, my phone is listed ...
Op-Ed: Mrs. Faygie Zakheim: Why I Endorse Chaim Deutsch for City Council
It was a little over 22 years ago that my husband Shlomo a'h donated four two-way radios to a fellow Flatbush resident who was hoping to make our neighborhood a safer place to live. I can't imagine that either my husband, or the recipient of those radios, Chaim Deutsch, had any idea that they were launching a citizens patrol that would flourish over the next two decades, playing a significant role in reducing crime in the Midwood area and helping area residents in numerous other ...
Op-Ed: Gabbaim Wars
The headlines describing the rifts between two major Gedolim in the aftermath of this past election have shocked the Torah world, both in Eretz Yisroel as well as in America.
The reason why we should not be shocked is because this dispute is not really between the Gedolim, it is between gabbaim – the men that ostensibly speakand issue statements for our Gedolim. And it is high time that we no longer remain silent about the enormous scandal that is happening in regard ...
MAILBAG: In Defense Of Rabbi Moshe Indig & The Satmar Opinion On 'Proposal 1'
In his op-ed about proposal 1 on a Jewish website, Rabbi Moshe Indig eloquently stated that “I understand the emotion that this issue may bring to the community.” Judging by the op-ed that Yeshiva World News ran in response to Indig's article and by reviewing some of the comments the YWN Op-Ed generated, it seems that indeed people’s emotions are running high.
I will not repeat Indig’s points. It’s available out there for those mature enough to put emotion aside, but I do want to ...
Op-Ed: It Is Time
We must get with the program.
From my perspective, which admittedly is less experienced, the Yeshiva system as a whole is doing many things extremely well. Our insular society has done an impressive job at incorporating all sorts of curricula, developing the skills of our school faculty, and in general, combining all the various elements that make for a good school and incorporating them into our myriad mosdai ha’torah. We can proudly look at these structures of impressive architecture and ...
Op-Ed: Casinos In Our Midst, And Rabbi Moshe Indig Of Satmar (Kiryas Yoel)
A recent op-ed by the leading spokesperson for Satmar of Kiryas Yoel, Rabbi Moshe Indig, explained that on Election Day, Tuesday November 5th, New Yorkers will vote on “Proposal 1.” Prop 1 allows the state to build no less than seven casinos throughout New York State, including Sullivan County, where our children attend camp and where many of us and other observant Jews spend the summer.
Rabbi Indig urged readers to vote for Proposal 1 because, he feels, our best interests lie with voting ...
Satmar (Kiryas Yoel) Approves Of Gambling In Sullivan County
A short article on YWN this past Friday caused a firestorm of behind-the-scenes phone calls, and political back-room deals. The article was headlined "Orthodox Jewry Organizes to Vote Down Gambling Referendum".
The article stated "With less than 2 weeks to the general elections, on November 5, the main Orthodox bloc-votes in New York started an intensive campaign to turn out tens of thousands of Orthodox voters to block plans for new casinos in the Catskill region and elsewhere in the ...
Op-Ed: Analyzing The DeBlasio Charge Against Lhota For Visiting A Boro Park Shul
After my response to Ezra Friedlander’s Op-Ed endorsement of deBlasio, I have to come forward again and defend logic and sanity. This week during a campaign stop in Boro Park, Joe Lhota was asked to enter and visit an Orthodox Synagogue. Prior to entering, an official from the synagogue asked the women present with the group to remain outside. Here is where it gets interesting. The deBlasio campaign then attacked Lhota saying that he found it “perplexing” that Lhota would go in when ...
Op-Ed by David Storobin: Why I Support Stop and Frisk
“I would support energy that was clean, cheap and easily available,” answered a college kid to a TV interviewer during his protest against traditional energy sources that keep our economy running. “The government needs to do something to make that happen.” Who can argue with this logic? Who can possibly be against cheap, easily available and environment-friendly energy? But where do we get that?
The Left always has one solution for all the world's problems: if only the politicians ...
Op-Ed: NY Post Reaches A Sickening New Low
There is no question that as a society we are rapidly experiencing a severe moral degeneration, the likes of which this country has never seen in years past.
There is also no question that much of this decline is precipitated by the media. The “anything goes” editorial policies of two particular New York based newspapers both cater to and further feed the drive for immorality. The pages of these papers are filled to the brim with violence, pornographic depictions of the latest stars, and ...
Op-Ed: Rav Ovadiah's Message From Beyond - Mr. Lapid & Co, Take Heed
The funeral of Rav Ovadiah Yosef ZATZAL brought, according to some estimations, close to a million mourners to the streets of Jerusalem. In every direction, one could only see a sea of people with black hats mourning the grave loss of a beloved and brilliant leader.
This op-ed, however, is not a eulogy of Rav Ovadiah Yosef zt"l.
It is about something else.
Of late, the government of Israel, has acceded, in many ways, to the will of those who look down upon and askance to the resurgence ...
My Time In Guantanamo - Op-Ed by David Storobin
"That certainly looks like a minimum security prison, not something I expected," remarked an Arab-American professor who just the night before was screaming, "[Obscenity] America!" with the human rights activists stationed in Guantanamo Bay. She so genuinely believed that the Americans were abusing terrorists that the visit to the three GITMO prisons was a shock to her.
For just 120 inmates, there were 2,000 videos and 20,000 books. There was training for everything from English as a Second ...
Op-Ed: Where Jewish Life Thrives in America
The following op-ed appeared on Bloomberg View:
Forget the teeth-gnashing already occasioned by a new study on Jewish identity in the U.S. by the Pew Research Religion & Public Life Project. The only thing every generation of Jews has in common is the conviction that it will be the last. What matters for the continuity of Jewish life is quality, not quantity. And in today’s America, Jewish intellectual, cultural, spiritual and religious life is flourishing. Case in point: Beth Medrash ...