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 ...
Op-Ed By NYS Assemblyman Dov Hikind: Obama's Unmitigated Chutzpah
Let there be no doubt: The United States of America has always been a great friend to the people of the State of Israel. Sadly, the same might not be said of our President.
Since first taking office six years, President Obama has shown little solidarity with Israel, he’s made scant effort to disguise his personal dislike for Israel’s duly elected Prime Minister, and his administration has often been downright confrontational. In all, this is, by far, the rockiest relationship the Israeli ...
Op-Ed: An Open Letter to Rav Aharon Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe, Shlita
Yelamdeinu Rabbeinu. There is a recording of the Rav’s recent talk on the tragedy of the murder of three precious neshamos in Klal Yisroel.
Among the Rav’s words were the following:
“Instead of just eulogizing [their children] they should have also said ashamnu bagadnu, klap all chait, that we had a portion in this.. They caused the retzicha of their own children.”
One can understand the Rav’s view on Zionism. One can also understand the Rav’s view on the three shavuos ...
BLOOD LIBEL 2014: Mainstream Media Jumps to Conclusions About Dead Palestinian Teen
[By Aliza Levine]
During the 18 days of frantic searching for the three missing Israeli teenagers, the mainstream media was eerily quiet. John Kerry condemned the kidnappings 3 days after news broke of the kidnappings. The President of the USA only spoke up once the bodies of the teens were found dead.
Even when mainstream media reported on the news, a cold sense of apathy filled the headlines. "Hitchhiking Teenagers in West Bank Missing" read one headline. Rather than blaming Islamic ...
Op-Ed: Nebulous or Nefarious?
Since the inauguration of the President over six years ago, objective political pundits have had various reactions to the President’s policies ranging from comments that they were puzzling, at best, to accusations of inexperience or even incompetence. However, if one looks closely at the overall arch of six years of behavior by President Obama, one can discern a cohesive picture of a cunning, purposeful and perhaps even malevolent individual with goals that are inimical to America’s future ...
Op-Ed: R'Shaim Are People Too
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman]
We often hear how “John Doe” is a Rasha, an evil-doer, and that we should all therefore take actions X, Y, and Z against him. “Let’s beat him up or punch him” is a sentiment often heard. Many understand the verse in Tehillim (139:29), “Do I not hate them that hate You” that one should fully hate these evil doers.
The issue is particularly germane, of late. Why? Many in the Torah community are calling a number of the members of the Knesset ...
Op-Ed: A Tale Of Two Cities; Yeshiva University & Lakewood
This is a tale of two cities. It is a tale of two cities, or rather two communities - that are both in very big trouble. But the first community can learn a lot from the second community in how it addresses that trouble.
This week it was revealed that Yeshiva University is undergoing some very serious monetary woes having taken on, in recent years, more than a half a billion dollars in debt. The financial losses of investing with Madoff was only responsible for ten percent of the financial ...
Op-Ed: The CHUTZPAH Of The Times Of Israel To Use This Photo In Investigation Of Police Dispatcher In Kidnapping
As an avid student of Jewish history, I am well aware that the Jew has always taken the eternal role of scapegoat.
When economies crumble, governments are toppled, or accidents happen, the "Jew" is the first to blame. The one casting the finger and shifting the blame has always had a convenient group to blame.
And now the Times of Israel joins the ranks of pointing the finger. I was quite appalled to see an article titled: "Panel to Probe Dismissed Call from Kidnapped ...
Op-Ed: What Israel Must Do
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman]
The tragic kidnappings of three high school youths last Thursday night have the entire nation of Israel and their Jewish brethren across the world in a state of despair. The murders of babies, the kidnappings, the missile launches at civilians have had a devastating impact. The goal of peace has been elusive. Terrorism is still the most looming problem faced in the region. And poll after poll shows that Palestinians as well as Israelis see the prospects of ...
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 ...