Inclusion of All Jews is Halachic Imperative

We in the religiously observant Jewish community hold onto fundamental teachings and standards of behavior that dictate what should be the ideal application of the system of life that is taught by and exemplified in Halachah, the Jewish laws that instruct and informs our lives daily. However, we often live in the reality that falls… Read More

Israeli Lives Matter

Within hours after the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, landmarks around the globe — including the Eiffel Tower, Brandenburg Gate, Trevi Fountain and the World Trade Center — were bathed in lights showing the red, yellow and black of the Belgian flag — much as the French flag appeared after the Paris attacks last November…. Read More

Jewish Teenagers Want to Engage, Just Ask Them

NEW YORK — Welcoming teens into Jewish life is both one of the most important and seemingly challenging endeavors of the Jewish community. The rapid decline in teen engagement in Jewish life post-b’nai mitzvah is well documented and depressing. It’s also an entirely reversible trend, but only if the Jewish community approaches teen engagement in… Read More

How a United Community Can Still Work Miracles

Passover is a time for family, for tradition and for festive celebration. It’s also a time to fix a paradox. While we read the haggadah earlier this week, we reflected on our past travails and miraculous redemption as a Jewish people. But if we look only at the past we risk overlooking the incredible ways… Read More

‘Traditional’ Women Not Immune to Rape

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, N..J., is no stranger to controversy. His statements have been condemned by the Orthodox Union, the Rabbinical Council of America and the Anti-Defamation League. As a former judge on the Beth Din of America, he has held some of the most prominent positions… Read More

Criticism Against Israel Amazingly Disproportionate

This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most protracted battles in modern history — the Battle of Verdun. In February 1916, a year and a half after the beginning of World War I, in an effort to break a stalemate, the German armies launched an attack on French positions at… Read More

A New Kind of ‘Safety’ School

On March 31, a number of colleges announced their admissions decisions for the class of 2020. As colleges and students seek the best fit, I have suggestions for both that take account of rising campus anti-Semitism. For those who haven’t been watching, anti-Semitism is back in fashion at an increasing number of American universities. Some… Read More

Passover a Reminder to Live a Life of Purpose

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I’ve had the wonderful privilege of meeting thousands of people from all different faith backgrounds out on the campaign trail. It’s been both a humbling and awe-inspiring experience. At every event, I try to convey that I have a realistic plan to get people back to work and keep our country safe. But it’s even… Read More

Fighting Oppression, Inequality and Injustice on Passover

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I didn’t grow up celebrating Pesach. But over the years, I’ve attended seders where I was inspired by the remarkable story told in the haggadah — a tale of a people who, sustained by fortitude and faith, escaped slavery and reached their freedom. As Jewish people around the world prepare for this festival,  I wanted… Read More

Conversions Ruling Is Israeli Religious Freedom Victory

The Israeli Supreme Court’s recent landmark ruling on conversion is a truly historic decision — for Israeli and American Jewry. While the case only concerns a few individuals, the general rules and unequivocal language have wide significance for both Israeli and American Jewry. The ruling represents another blow to the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly on… Read More