Op-Ed: Speak Up Chuck, I Can't Hear You
According to most analysts, the recent anti-Netanyahu blitz by President Obama has been nearly unprecedented in the US-Israel relationship. It seems that the Obama administration viewed the Israeli election results as a tragedy that they simply couldn’t cope with. First came silence, then denial, and now vicious anger and rage. In case you missed it, Obama chose the Huffington Post, which is the equivalent of Al Jazeera regarding Israel, to give his first major statement on Netanyahu’s ...
AP Analysis: Israel Likely Headed Toward Conflict, Isolation
The following is an unedited analysis by the AP on Tuesdays election in Israel:
Benjamin Netanyahu's apparent reelection puts Israel on a course toward ever deeper confrontation with the world. To govern, his Likud Party would need to depend on ultranationalists — a recipe for neither stability nor bold moves toward Mideast peace.
A period of some horsetrading looms. With Likud as well as rightist and religious allies, Netanyahu still only commands 57 out of 120 parliament seats. He ...
OP-Ed: Hakeem Jeffries: Courage By Any Other Name
[By: Chaskel Bennett]
The debate is still raging. Should Bibi have accepted? Should he have cancelled? No speech in recent memory created such an enormous reaction in the political fish bowl of Washington. Unfortunately the Netanyahu address has caused members of Congress to focus more on the political maneuverings of Speaker Boehner and less on the dangerous prospects of a bad deal with Iran. Of all the regrettable issues surrounding the speech, that lack of focus has cost the process ...
Op-Ed: Can't We All Just get Along?
[By: N. Aaron Troodler, Esq.]
Diplomatic protocol is sacrosanct to world leaders. Adherence to the unofficial rules of international diplomacy is universally expected and any deviation from those rubrics is viewed as a serious breach of this unwritten code.
As savvy as he is, Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, committed a big blunder when he worked exclusively with House Speaker John Boehner to arrange for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress in ...
Op-Ed: When A Jew In France Is Suffering, The Jews In Poland React
This was an observation attributed, variously, to Rav Meir Shapiro of Lublin z’l, to the Chofetz Chaim of Radin z’l, to Rav Yisrael Lipkin of Salant z’t, and to many others , as well as to a related passage in the Yerushalmi.
We are all meant to be a single land mass, unseparated by geographical borders and by time and space.
When the fault lines of Jewish safety crack anywhere across the globe, we are all meant to feel the quaking beneath our feel and within our minds and ...
Op-Ed: Terror In Har Nof
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman]
Jerusalem is in tears. The tragic murders of four holy people in a Har Nof shul today has the entire nation of Israel and their Jewish brethren across the world in a state of despair. In Gaza, they handed out candy in celebration. In the meantime, for the past several weeks Hamas and Abbas of the PA have been encouraging Arabs to use every means at their disposal to riot.
But there is an approach that could work, and it lies in the American model in the aftermath ...
OPINION: Provocation is Met with Increasingly Hostile Provocation
In the Thursday 13 Marcheshvan edition of Yated Neeman, Y. Schwartz explains that a provocative act is met with a provocative act from the other side and in this case, when Jews ascend to Har Habayis acts of terror follow.
The writing was on the wall and it was only a matter of time until such terror attacks occurred due to the explosive atmosphere that prevails in the capital. This is an intifada, nothing less – despite the fact the chief of police insists this is not so. There is no ...
Op-Ed by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz: Anti-Israel Sentiment Has Crossed a Dangerous Line
This week an anonymous U.S. official used a vulgar and disrespectful term to describe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Even though the White House distanced itself from this utterance (which I won’t repeat here) and re-emphasized the close relationship between the U.S. and Israel, the damage was already done.
In a world where anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise and relations between the Obama Administration and Israel are perceived as being not quite as unshakable as during ...
The Progress Report On The 'Shidduch Crisis' - By Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz
Just over a month ago, Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz made a rare and direct appeal in these pages. The cause that prompted him to abandon his usual policy of privacy: the pain of increasing numbers of girls who remain single, in a shidduch system that brings unending distress to thousands.
Despite the sustained feedback of more than three thousand readers who took the plea to heart, and a new receptiveness among many to explore creative solutions, it’s apparent that a problem of such complexity ...
Op-Ed By Avi Schick Calling On City To Back Off Metzitzah Following Court Ruling
[Originally appeared in today's Daily News - submitted to YWN by the author]:
A federal appeals court recently issued a decision sharply criticizing a third-term Bloomberg administration health regulation that reflects its we-know-best attitude. By now this is a familiar story — but this judicial slapdown involves circumcision, not soda.
The regulation prohibits a mohel from performing circumcision that includes metzitzah b’peh — direct oral suction from the wound — unless the ...
Op-Ed By MK Feiglin: Israel’s Security Budget Sabotages Security
Israel’s security apparatus is now requesting an additional 11 billion shekels to offset Operation Protective Edge. “The economy must provide security,” the Prime Minister explains.
I think that Protective Edge proved that the security budget actually sabotages our security. It doesn’t help – it hurts!
This sentence must be explained.
What was the Hamas’ budget in this war? A fraction of Israel’s? Maybe 1%? So if everything is a question of money, how is it that such a ...
Op-Ed: Amidst Grief and Tears, Gratitude
[By Rabbi Abe Friedman]
The last 36 hours have been exceptionally trying for the Jewish community as word came of two separate situations, each one of which could qualify as are every parent’s worst nightmare. Almost simultaneously we heard of the horrific blaze that decimated a Sullivan County bungalow and of five teenage boys who were reported missing in Ulster County. In the first case, the results were heartbreaking, as we learned of the death of a three year old in the fatal bungalow ...
Post Article Remarks From Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz Regarding 'Shidduch Crisis'
Firstly, I'd like to thank those of you who took out the time to read the article. It is my fervent hope, that IY'H this will serve as an impetus to the change we so desperately need.
As this issue at hand is at the forefront of Klal Yisrael's collective mind, I am extremely encouraged by the 1000 + responses that were received via email and forums for public comments. This assured me, without any doubt, that everyone would like to be of help in some way (even if it was just with another ...
Op-Ed: Response By The Bostoner Rebbe On Yair Lapid Op-Ed
The following opinion expressed by the Bostoner Rebbe of Yerushalayim Shlita is in response to the Op-Ed by Yair Lapid that appeared on YWN.
To balance the views expressed in YWN I have been asked to respond and do so as follows:
In agreement with the Op-Ed By Yair Lapid on the Betrayal of the Intellectual
How amazed we should be that the Torah and religious world would agree with anything that Mr Yair Lapid would write.
We too, face the Betrayal of the Intellectual, but we must add ...
Op-Ed By Yair Lapid: The Betrayal of the Intellectual
I don't accuse intellectuals of bias or of anti-Semitism but too many of them are certainly guilty of intellectual laziness.
Too many American and European intellectuals have taken moral relativism to its absurd extreme, falling back upon the 'validity of every narrative' and repeating the mantra that 'every story has two sides.' They treat those who have a clear moral stance as primitive. For them, if you take a moral stand or choose a side in a conflict you must lack the necessary ...
Op-Ed: An Intolerable Situation
[By NYS Assemblyman Dov Hikind]
Since Tuesday, I have been staying in Be’er Sheva where this morning we ran with everyone else to a bomb shelter as the warning sirens interrupted our breakfast. After ten minutes, we were told that it was safe to emerge and did so, grateful once again.
In nearby Ashdod and Ashkelon, the people have been bombed non-stop for weeks. That there have been so few casualties here after more than 1,200 rocket attacks is nothing less than miraculous. We should ...
Schumer Op-Ed: No Moral Equivalency Between Israel & Hamas
[By U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer]
Amid the recent troubles between Israel and the Palestinians, many Americans and media commentators are drawing disturbing lines of parallelism between the two societies, asserting a false moral equivalency to the actions of each.
In essence, the claim goes like this: “Both sides are fighting each other with similar degrees of violence; both treat each other equally badly; each side is equally to blame for the violence and they just can’t come ...