Opinions

OP-ED: You can’t defend haredi Orthodox Jews against violence while demonizing our schools

By RABBI AVI SHAFRAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Relentless campaigns calling for curricula reform in the nation’s yeshivas. Misleading headlines about educational standards at Orthodox schools. Zoning efforts aimed at keeping large Jewish families out of suburban towns. Some see a direct link between such things and the anti-Semitic violence...
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OP-ED: It’s not trivial to know Bethlehem isn’t in a non-existent nation

 –There’s no escaping controversy any time that Israel or the Palestinians are mentioned. That’s a lesson the producers, writers and star of the long-running “Jeopardy!” television game show learned to their detriment this past week when a clue involving the location of the Church of the...
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OP-ED: Perfect season

While the sting of an unexpected and season-ending at-home loss still resonates for New Orleans Saints fans, the thrill of an LSU victory in the College Football Playoff national championship seems to have given local fans a remedy to their doldrums.

The Bayou Bengals of LSU soundly trounced Clemson University...
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OP-ED: It’s time to call violent anti-Semitism what it is: domestic terrorism

By RON KLEIN

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (JTA) — The end of 2019 should have been a time of joy for Jewish Americans celebrating Chanukah and ushering in a new decade. Instead, Chanukah was marred by numerous acts of violence and other forms of anti-Semitism, leaving Jews questioning how it’s possible that, in...
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OP-ED: The keys to understanding American anti-Semitism — and fighting back

By RABBI LORD JONATHAN SACKS

LONDON (JTA) — The last two festivals to be added to the Jewish calendar prior to modern times — Purim and Chanukah — are both about anti-Semitism. There is one obvious difference between them: Haman, of the Purim story, wanted to kill Jews. Antiochus, of the Chanukah story, wanted to...
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OP-ED: When will American Jewry wake up?

By CAROLINE GLICK

– Was the machete attack at Rabbi Chaim Rottenburg’s home in Monsey, N.Y. last Saturday night wake-up call enough?

Are liberal American Jews ready to accept the truth about anti-Semitism in America?

Following the Dec. 10 massacre at the kosher supermarket in Jersey City, Chris Gadsen,...
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OP-ED: We Hasidic Jews of Monsey must ignore the outsiders who want us to take up arms and politicize our tragedy

By SHIMON ROLNITZKY

MONSEY, N.Y. (JTA) — A short while after the worst anti-Semitic attack ever carried out against haredi Orthodox Jews in New York, those present in the Forshay neighborhood of Monsey witnessed an unbelievable scene.

At Congregation Netzach Yisroel, the synagogue attached to the rabbi’s house in which the...
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OP-ED: Could Bernie Sanders become the first Jewish president?

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

(JNS.org) – We’re still more than a month away from the first actual votes being cast in the Democratic presidential race. But an analysis piece published on the influential Politico website last week reminded observers of a possibility that many are ignoring: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders could win and ultimately become...
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OP-ED: Dueling Chanukahs

Last Sunday, the New Orleans Jewish community had to make a choice in how they ushered in the Chanukah holiday. 

No, the tradition of lighting candles and oil-filled holders was still very much intact. The spinning of dreidels and the singing of “Ma’oz Tsur” were, likewise, traditional aspects to celebrating...
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OP-ED: My reaction to Jersey City and reflection on being outwardly Jewish

By ELI REITER

NEW YORK (JTA) — While a shooter was firing rounds of ammunition into two Jews in Jersey City, New Jersey, a kosher market worker and a police officer simply for who they are and where they were, I was halfway around the world, in Paris. More specifically, I...
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