Op-Ed: Game Changer: A Governor with the Courage of Conviction in the Pursuit of Education Justice
[By David J. Rosenberg]
A Democratic governor, the most powerful in the country by far, stands in most Democratic county in the country, behind a banner that reads “Parental Choice in Education.”
For Democrats who’ve been fighting for education reform, this was a game changer. We now have a standard bearer: A Democratic heavyweight willing to come out with the courage of his convictions in the pursuit of educational justice. All this despite intense opposition from a powerful ...
Op-Ed: NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind - Why I'm Supporting Geoffrey Davis
Giving an endorsement is not something I take lightly. When I support a candidate for office, it’s only after taking into consideration numerous factors. Those factors never include a candidate’s religion or even their party affiliation. I support people who I believe will make a difference. That’s why Geoffrey Davis has my enthusiastic endorsement for NY State Assembly.
My connection to the Crown Heights community goes back to my boyhood. I grew up in Crown Heights and my father had a ...
Op-Ed: Silent Outrage
[By Chaskel Bennett]
Lost in the tumultuous and disturbing events of Ferguson, Staten Island and Baltimore are the thousands of daily interactions between police and local citizens that peacefully transpire with uneventful, un-newsworthy outcomes. For most communities across the country, it is the professionalism and unreported heroism of law enforcement officers that play a meaningful role in the quality of life for average Americans.
With the ambush and death of officer Brian Moore ...
Op Ed: Uncomfortable Truths for Comfortable Collaborators
[By NYS Assemblyman Dov Hikind]
I applauded when James B. Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, so candidly and guilelessly admitted last week the terrible truth that too few people ever want to acknowledge: Hitlerian anti-Semitism did not exist in a vacuum.
While monsters like Hitler, Goebbels, Bormann, Eichmann, Mengele (their names should be erased) stand out as the most notorious of the Nazi murderers, these individuals were truly the tip of the iceberg. The ...
Analysis: Tough Iran Talk - But Chances For Nuke Deal
As Iran nuclear talks go into the home stretch, top officials in Tehran are digging in on positions that appear set to doom the negotiations to failure. But Iran seems ready to blink when it serves its negotiating strategy, which may bode well for a deal.
The sides on Wednesday began negotiating the last phases of a deal that would lift sanctions on Iran if it agrees to long-term curbs on its nuclear program. They wouldn't have gotten there without compromises by both Washington and ...
Op-Ed: A Matter of Priority
Hamodia [NY] – Editorial – April 22, 2015:
NB: [Translations in square brackets added by J4JP]
When President Obama held back-to-back meetings with leaders of major Jewish organizations and Jewish supporters — including major political contributors — it would have been the perfect opportunity for them to plead with the president about something that ought to have been at the very top of the list of priorities.
Tragically, it wasn’t.
After the meetings, it became apparent ...
Op-Ed By YWN Editor: Enough of The Massive Chillul Hashem On Chol Hamoed Outings!
The following might be painful for some to read. Silence, however, is not an option.
Some may label this op-ed “anti-Charedi" or "typical self-hating Jew drivel" - but it is not. This is not directed at any sect of Orthodox Jews in any way.
What this writer has personally witnessed in the past two days of Chol Hamoed is enough reason to take pen to paper.
We are blessed to be the Am Hanivchar, the Chosen People. The nations of the world watch our every move; how we speak, how we ...
Op-Ed By Assemblyman Dov Hikind: Hillary: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are
The proposed U.S. deal with Iran would give the largest terror state in the world the ability to create nuclear weapons. Consequently columnists, clergy, military experts and world leaders are all weighing in on the possibilities. Let there be no question: The range of potential scenarios differs greatly, depending upon your vantage point.
For instance, while Israel fears the possibility of a nuclear attack and the annihilation (G-d forbid) of millions of its citizens, the Saudis are more ...
Op-Ed: Discrimination Against Hasidic Jews Is Also Anti-Semitism
[By Ronn Torossian]
Every so often I see a press release that causes a double take. Last week’s came from the Town of Mamakating, in upstate New York’s Sullivan County, when I noticed the curious statement, “We respect the Sullivan County Board of Elections for its commitment to ensure that all those who are eligible to vote in Bloomingburg today can vote – and only those who are eligible to vote can.”
What did Town Supervisor William Herrmann mean by this – Is it not obvious ...
Op-Ed: It's Worse Than We Thought
[By Jonathan Attias]
“And a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.” (Exodus 1:8)
Those words have a very troubling ring to anyone familiar with the rest of the story. Ironically, those words could also be used to describe the current state of the relationship between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Let’s not fool ourselves; since Obama’s first term in office, he and Netanyahu have not exactly been the best of friends. In fact, in the 2012 ...
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 ...