Requiem for a Headline

If it was possible to make last week’s kidnapping and grisly murder of Menachem Stark, a New York real estate developer, landlord and Satmar chasid, any worse, the New York Post managed to do it. On the front page of its Sunday edition, beside a large photo of Stark — which featured him with a… Read More

Mixed Reactions To U.S. Snooping

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When American-born Ron Dermer was appointed Israel’s top diplomat to the United States, it was widely seen as a move by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to place his most trusted confidante in the capital city most capable of influencing the Jewish state’s No. 1 existential threat. Accounts at the time claimed that Dermer, who grew… Read More

New Elections In Beit Shemesh

In a much anticipated decision issued last week, the Jerusalem District Court nullified the October re-election victory of Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul. To the extent that the judgment represents the repudiation of the heavy-handed and downright illegal tactics employed by those allegedly allied with the haredi-backed mayor, we applaud the decision. Now the voters… Read More

Birthright Held Hostage

It is a fact of political life that an adept politician will zig then zag, halt and then advance, in an effort to reach a particular goal. That process is not always smooth. And sometimes, politicians stumble. In the Israeli government, political leaders and erstwhile allies, Treasury Minister Yair Lapid and Economic Minister Naftali Bennett,… Read More

Boycott Earns American Studies Association an ‘F’

The great center of American Jewish opinion has weighed in on the American Studies Association’s Dec. 16 vote to boycott Israeli universities and has found it to be a hostile, hypocritical and offensive decision. We agree. What unites center-right and center-left against the resolution — which incorrectly claims that there is “no effective or substantive… Read More

Keeping Kosher Competitive

Competition is a good thing, right? That question always comes up when the subject being discussed is competing kosher businesses in what is often a small market. And that question is going to be asked quite a bit in Baltimore with the news that Seasons, a New York-based kosher supermarket chain, plans to open in… Read More

Lingering Questions For The Reform Movement

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At the Reform movement’s biennial gathering in San Diego last week, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), came out swinging. In his keynote address to some 5,000 participants, he called for his movement to offer a welcome to the unaffiliated so inclusive that he termed it “audacious hospitality.” Reform must… Read More

An Alternative To Peace?

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The current round of Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations, restarted in July by Secretary of State John Kerry, is at the halfway point of an agreed-upon nine-month timetable. While it is unclear whether the parties have made any real progress in their negotiations, it is clear that the complaints and finger pointing from the Israelis and Palestinians… Read More

A Game Of Violence

A spate of assaults largely in the Northeast over the last month has led to the popular notion that U.S. cities are experiencing a growing trend of attacks by youths playing the “knockout game.” The perpetrator plays this violent and potentially deadly game just for kicks, attempting to knock a victim unconscious with one blow… Read More

Assad, War Criminal

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On Monday, the U.N.’s human rights chief accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of war crimes in his two-year-long battle against opposition to his rule. Navi Pillay said a commission of inquiry “has produced massive evidence … [of] very serious crimes, war crimes, crimes against humanity” and that “the evidence indicates responsibility at the highest level… Read More