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OP-ED: A wickedly tragic collapse downtown

By ALAN SMASON

A sleepy Shabbat morning was shattered October 12 with a tumultuous roar as tons of concrete, rebar and reinforcing steel shattered to the earth and pancaked floors above, unleashing a cloud of rubble from the Hard Rock Hotel being constructed downtown.

After the dust had settled, police,...
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OP-ED: The Halle attack was a watershed moment for German Jews. Will the German government rise to the challenge?

By RABBI PINCHAS GOLDSCHMIDT

MOSCOW (JTA) —The deadly attack against a synagogue in Halle by a far-right extremist on Yom Kippur could have ended not unlike the Pittsburgh massacre or the attack against a mosque in New Zealand, with dozens of worshippers killed by a lone wolf influenced by racist...
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OP-ED: Can we keep Trump out of Yom Kippur?

By DAVID SUISSA

( – Whether U.S. President Donald Trump deserves to be impeached or not, with Yom Kippur just around the corner, the question on my mind is: How much should we allow politics to take over our holiest day of the year?

That thought first occurred to me...
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OP-ED: What working as a prosecutor has taught me about Yom Kippur

(Editor’s note: The author is an active prosecutor in a major U.S. city. Due to the nature of their work, they must write anonymously. )

(JTA) — The court officer calls out the calendar number and reads the docket into the record. The defendant, accompanied by his attorney, enter the...
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OP-ED: The year of living dangerously

A year ago, the New Orleans area Jewish community was challenged to come to terms with anti-Semitic tropes spray-painted on the exterior walls of the Northshore Jewish Congregation by white supremacists.

Only a month later, though, the reality of how perilous our safety had become was made abundantly clear in...
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OP-ED: Alex Borstein’s ‘Step out of line’ speech at the Emmys was a perfect display of Jewish pride

By JORDANA HORN

SHORT HILLS, N.J. (JTA) — Whether you watched the Emmys on Sunday night or or not, chances are you’ve been privy since the broadcast to what was likely the Jewiest moment of the show: Alex Borstein’s acceptance speech for her award as best supporting actress in a...
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OP-ED: New Jersey makes strides to protect pro-Israel students on college campuses

By SARA CHERNYAK

 – How does one distinguish anti-Semitism from legitimate criticism of Israel? The answer is rather simple: One can criticize Israel and its government just as one would any other nation and its government. Far too often, however, Israel is relentlessly demonized on college campuses, which frequently...
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OP-ED: Iran saw Bolton’s firing as Trump’s weakness

By MARK LANGFAN

President Trump famously brags that he doesn’t read very much.  Well, before President Trump recently fired National Security Advisor John Bolton, he should have at least watched the recently released “John Wick, Parabellum” aka John Wick 3.0.  The reason is that he would have learned what “Parabellum”...
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OP-ED: In the year of L’Chaim

By ALAN SMASON

September 11 marked 18 years since the dastardly attack on American soil by foreigners in which more than 3,000 of our citizens’ lives were snuffed out by cowards intent on dismantling our union. The towers that fell that day in Manhattan, the damage to the Pentagon Washington...
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OP-ED: Trump must draw a red line against Turkey in Syria to protect religious freedom

By DILIMAN ABDULKADER

(J  – “Certainly, Christians don’t want to see Turkish troops entering Syria given the past brutal history of the 1915 massacres of Christians carried out by the Turks,” says Chaldean Catholic Father Samir Kanoon of Qamishli, Syria.

Northeast Syria is known to be a pluralistic safe haven for religious...
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