Op-Ed: Support the Secure Schools for all Children Act
[By Josh Pruzansky and George Corwell]
There’s an old saying that “you can’t put a price on safety.”
While true in the abstract, the state of New Jersey puts a price on the safety of our school children each and every year.
As part of New Jersey’s budget, our state government allocates an average of $144 per student toward the cost of keeping our children safe during the school day. But as it stands, that money goes only to protect the state’s public school children, ...
Op-Ed By Michael Bloomberg: The 2016 Election Risk I Will Not Take
Americans today face a profound challenge to preserve our common values and national promise.
Wage stagnation at home and our declining influence abroad have left Americans angry and frustrated. And yet Washington, D.C., offers nothing but gridlock and partisan finger-pointing.
Worse, the current presidential candidates are offering scapegoats instead of solutions, and they are promising results that they can't possibly deliver. Rather than explaining how they will break the fever of ...
Opinion: Why Cruz Has A Harder Path Forward Than Rubio
At first glance, the MSM narrative that Donald Trump has the Republican presidential nomination locked up or that in any event Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) is in a worse position than Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) might seem logical. Cruz has more states and more delegates. That logic, however, is faulty.
First, let's understand Trump is not expanding his base. "Trump has received only 34 percent of the Republican vote, aggregated across all primaries and caucuses to have voted so far," explains Nate ...
Op-Ed: Standing With Our Police Officers
[By: Elliot S. Schubin, Esq.]
This was written in reaction to the guilty verdict against police officer Peter Liang.
On Thursday February 11, 2016, after 17 hours of deliberation a jury of seven men and five women, convicted Peter Liang, rookie police officer, of manslaughter in the shooting death of a civilian African American man.
On the night of November 20, 2014, Officer Liang shot and killed a 28 year old male inside one of Brooklyn’s most crime ridden housing projects; the ...
Op-Ed By Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz: How Many More Will We Bury?
An orphan is someone who buries a parent.
An orphaned generation buries its children.
We are rapidly becoming an orphaned generation as we are losing more and more of our beautiful children, young adults, and adults to overdoses and suicides.
I don't have any hard numbers, but it most certainly seems that these tragedies have been rapidly increasing over the past months. In fact, earlier this week, a thirty-something young man who works in this space shared with me that he buried four ...
Amidst Grief and Tears, Gratitude
[By: Rabbi Abe Friedman]
Once again we find ourselves in a state of stunned disbelief after a desperate search for a missing young woman came to a tragic end.
From the moment word went out that 22 year old Devorah Stubin had gone missing, countless individuals and agencies switched instantly into a state of high alert, mobilizing their forces and working around the clock like a well oiled machine. Cold temperatures, the darkness of night and a dearth of information didn’t deter search ...
Op-Ed: Disgusted Over Video With People Laughing And Dancing During Hafganos
After reading YWN for many years, I am sure that there will be those who will defend the animals protesting in Yerushalayim today.
But first, here is the story.
A 4-year-old child is dead. Parents are mourning. An entire family is mourning.
A babysitter has been arrested, and has confessed to her actions which resulted in the tragic death of this pure Neshama.
To make matters worse, the court has decided to perform an autopsy on the child.
The parents are beyond ...
Op-Ed By Ezra Friedlander: Why David Lichtenstein's Hillary Fundraiser Is A Good Thing
From time immemorial, members of Klal Yisroel have always been involved in advocacy efforts on behalf of the Jewish people. Some call it shtadlonus, others call it askonus. However you decide to coin the term is not really that important. What is important is to understand that Jewish advocacy has been alive and well since the days of Moshe Rabbeinu.
In fact, it can perhaps be said that Moshe Rabbeinu was our very first askan. In the upcoming parshios, we find Klal Yisroel’s greatest ...
OPINION: The Silence is Deafening - Israel Police Have Been Given a Free Pass to Attack All Types Of Religious Jews
This video posted below is as self-explanatory as it is painful and worrisome. Mimicking the atmosphere in Israel following the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, a deafening silence is audible throughout Israel as the voice of the champions of human and civil rights has been silenced.
Pro-Israel organizations in the United States are speechless and the Israeli right-wing and left-wing human rights organizations are mute. The investigation into the unspeakable arson attack ...
East Ramapo School Board Member Writes Letter To Dennis Walcott Regarding State Monitor
Dear Dennis [Walcott]:
I am writing as an elected member of the Board of Education, a resident of East Ramapo, a voter, a taxpayer, and the father of an East Ramapo public school student.
Your recommendations to the Board of Regents are personally offensive to me, my family, my community, and especially to the 6,438 voters who entrusted me with the responsibility to safeguard their interests. I am also concerned that you do not appear to have given meaningful consideration to the harm ...
IDF Chief of Staff Barking Up Wrong Tree
[A Five Towns Jewish Times Op-Ed]
Chanukah is the time where all Jews should take inspiration from the Maccabees – and not from those who have undermined Judaism - such as Antiochus Epiphanes. This is why it is particularly disturbing that Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot is calling for closing the Jewish awareness unit that operates within the military rabbinate. He is barking up the wrong tree.
Eisenkot’s proposal is not only a step against Judaism, it undermines a ...