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 ...
Op-Ed: The Juxtaposition Of MDA And Red Crescent
How can this be?
The Litman family were gunned down on the road from Hevron to Meitar on Friday afternoon whilst they were on their way to celebrate the Shabbat Chatan of their new son- in-law to be. Their daughter's wedding was scheduled for the Tuesday next. Father and son were murdered in cold blood. The son, a Magen David Adom trained responder and volunteer contacted the MDA right before he was mortally wounded. His younger brother, although wounded as well, bravely phoned in again to ...
Op-Ed: I Supported Change And Voted For Rockland County Executive Ed Day, I Came To Regret My Decision
I supported change and voted for Ed Day, I became one of the people that realized that I've elected a County Executive that is simply obsessed with one community.
I am a simple ordinary Spring Valley home owner.
I am from the people that enjoy living in a calm quiet neighborhood.
I am from the people that moved to spring Valley, away from the 'center Monsey' 10 years ago.
I am from the people that hate traffic and am frustrated with my daily commute on Rt 306.
I am from the ...
Op-Ed: Fake Outrage Against Netanyahu's Holocaust Statement
During a speech to the World Zionist Conference on Tuesday, Benjamin Netanyahu said that Hitler intended only to expel the Jews from Europe, and that the idea to exterminate them had come from Haj Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian Muslim elder, who served as the Mufti of Jerusalem.
A day later he clarified, "Hitler was responsible for the Holocaust, I think no one should deny ... important testimony about the Mufti of Jerusalem, that he told the Nazis to prevent the fleeing of Jews from ...
REGARDING GRAPHIC CONTENT - The YWN Posting Policy
Some people have questioned Yeshiva World News’ decision to post the horrifying events of the Malchei Yisroel Steet attack in Geulah. YWN is aware that the video was graphic, which is why YWN consults its Rabbinic advisor whenever questions come up. The postings fit into one of three categories: 1] Do not post at all 2] Post with a warning of Viewer Discretion 3] Post with no caveat of Viewer Discretion.
In this situation, we were instructed to pursue the Geulah attack as a category 2. The ...
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 ...