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 ...
Rabbi Krakowski: Reflections On Recent Tragedies In Eretz Yisroel
It's been a hard tekufa. Tragedies occur, but sometimes they are closer to home and more frequent. When it’s close to home we tend to feel the pain more acutely. Pain is an interesting phenomenon: while it is objectively undesirable, pain ultimately is to our benefit. When we feel pain it is a nervous reaction in our body – often to impending danger. Pain is the way our brain tell us something is wrong. Chazal tell us that that it is not only the body's signal that we need to take care of ...
Op-Ed: The Decision of the Chief Rabbinate Should be Rescinded - Avi Weiss Brings Baptist Choir Into His Orthodox Synagogue
[WATCH VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE]
The recent volt-face on the part of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel regarding recognition of Rabbi Avi Weiss as an Orthodox Rabbi is rather disturbing and sets a dangerous precedent. As the result of a meeting between lawyers representing Rabbi Weiss and the attorney representing the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, the Chief Rabbinate will now accept letters from Rabbi Weiss attesting to a candidate’s Jewishness in cases where such testimony matters, including, ...
Opinion: Let's Put Things in Perspective
For anyone over 50 much of what is about to be said is most likely obvious. It has been evident for some time that the values of yesteryear are gone, possibly forever. There was a time when chinuch was the supreme value, as frum Jews have regard for talmidei chachamim and rabbinical leaders. A person with a masters or doctorate earned respect, even one in the secular community, for education was synonymous with a certain caliber of person.
Unfortunately, outside of the frum world values have ...
Who Didn't Want Us Dead?
The following is the "Editor’s View", By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz. It appears in this weeks Yated Ne'eman.
I look at the picture of his face,
And see his smile.
I hear his children saying Kaddish.
And his father.
Overwhelmed with grief,
Wife, 8 children,
Awash in tears.
Communities around the world
A young life cut down,
I look at the front page of the paper
I see mean,
Screaming loudly to the city and ...
Op-Ed: Mayor DeBlasio And The Stark Shiva Call
[By Dovid Kates]
Recently an editorial printed in the Hamodiah has called out the new mayor, Bill de Blasio, for not visiting the Stark Shiva. It labeled Mayor de Blasio’s silence as a deafening one. The editorial is one that assumes a bit too much for my taste. This is why.
Comforting victims of tragedies is important, especially when the tragedies are so ghastly. It is always a nice thing when a mayor or public official comforts victims or visits a Shiva house, but since when did it ...
An Open Letter to the New York Post
[By: Shea Rubenstein]
A family mourns today. A community mourns today. And I, as a New Yorker, mourn today.
I do not mourn for a man I did not know. I mourn for the family he leaves behind.
I mourn for the children who will grow up not only with the knowledge that their father was brutally murdered amid suffering and degradation, but with the shame and pain of knowing that people were able to treat his death lightly.
I mourn for the generations of human beings those children will ...
Op-Ed: My Brother-in-Law Menachem Stark Leaves Seven Children and a Wife Who Miss Him
My brother in law, Menachem Stark was killed this weekend. A 39-year old father of seven, he will be missed by his wife, children, friends, and so many others. He had so much ahead of him and his loss is a tragedy for all of us. He left home Thursday, and simply never returned home. To our shock and horror, he was kidnapped, his body burnt and dumped in a garbage dumpster. We are in shock, our lives forever changed. Indeed, with that as we have seen throughout history, another Jew has been ...