Op-Ed By YWN Editor: Enough of The Massive Chillul Hashem On Chol Hamoed Outings!
THE FOLLOWING WAS PUBLISHED BY YWN ON CHOL HAMOED PESACH 5775:
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 ...
Op-Ed: A Better World For Our Children? Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky On The Iran Deal
Rabbi Elazar said: One who becomes compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate. (Midrash Tanhuma, Parshat Mezora, 1)
Reb Mendel Futerfas, a legendary Lubavitch Chasid (1906-1995), was imprisoned for 14 years, and exiled to Siberian gulags because he ran clandestine cheders (religious schools for young Jewish children) in Russia. After 18 years, he was finally released* and allowed to reunite with his family in London.
Reb Mendel was a treasure trove of ...
Op-Ed By Ezra Friedlander On Rep. Nadler's Decision To Support The Iran Deal
As a grandchild of Holocaust survivors, I am keenly aware of the existential threat a nuclear Iran poses to Israel and the world.
I am not a scientist nor am I an expert on the intricacies of the Iran deal.
Therefore, I cannot add my professional perspective or personal endorsement of the Iran Deal.
My only below is to point out the soul-searching and difficult decision made by Congressman Nadler to support the Iran DeaI. I urge everyone, both critics and supporters of the deal, to ...
Op-Ed: Stop The Obsession With Our Religion [Responding To A NY Post Column By Maureen Callahan]
[By Barry Spitzer]
I had just finished a phone call with the father of Faigy Mayer, may her soul rest in peace, when I saw a pained look mixed with disbelief on my wife’s face. I asked her what was wrong; she replied that she just read a New York Post column and could not believe the lies and accusations leveled against Chasidic Jews based solely on comments from individuals who have left our community and clearly have an agenda to advance. Sadly, we have all become accustomed to ...
Op-Ed: Jewish Education: Sacred and Sacrosanct or Secular Sensitized?
[By Ezra Friedlander]
Recently, we've been hearing much in the news about a group that calls itself Yaffed (Young Advocates For Fair Education). They sent a letter to New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and seven district superintendents, calling upon them to investigate "the quality of secular education, and in particular English instruction, at (the listed) Yeshivas, and to take steps to ensure that pupils at these Yeshivas receive the essential and substantially equivalent ...
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 ...