A Clear Message

Editor-in-Chief

Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio. Bernie Sanders. The Iowa caucuses are over, making the 2016 presidential election one for the history books well before its conclusion. For the above three candidates, the quadrennial Hawkeye State ritual was truly historic, as each one in his own way defied the predictions of the political prognosticators of both the… Read More

We Are All Jews, and More

President Barack Obama: “We’re called to live in a way that shows that we’ve actually learned from our past. And that means rejecting indifference.” (AUDE GUERRUCCI/UPI/Newscom)

President Barack Obama delivered a historic address last week at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Speaking on International Holocaust Remembrance Day as medals were given to families declared righteous gentiles by Yad Vashem, Obama spoke passionately about “the reality that around the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise,” even going so far as to repeat… Read More

It’s the Jewish Thing to Do

Editor-in-Chief

As I’m writing this, my family is running around the three floors of a house that is not ours. We traveled up I-95 before the dreaded Snowzilla hit in advance of last weekend to attend a friend’s son’s bar mitzvah on Sunday. The blizzard made sure that the party was pushed off, and here we… Read More

Candidate Lennon Deserves Better

How is it that an article promoting Yitzy Schleifer’s candidacy in the City Council’s District 5 race ends up with a headline alleging anti-Semitism, based on one unsubstantiated quote from a Facebook post (“Alleged Anti-Semitism in Council Race,”  Jan. 15)? The accused, Derrick Lennon, also a candidate, is a longtime community leader who has worked… Read More

A Day School Umbrella

On many levels, Jewish day schools are flourishing in the United States. Notwithstanding our nation’s many good public school  systems, high-quality private school opportunities and a history  of integrating immigrants, Jewish day schools have successfully  offered an alternative that seeks to balance Jewish knowledge and culture with quality secular education and an involvement in and… Read More

My Son Is Majoring in Musical Theater

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It is winter, which means my high school senior is in the thick of the college application process. Like the hundreds of thousands of other American mothers in my shoes, most conversations I find myself having with family, friends and even new acquaintances inevitably turn to questions of where, and for what, my son is… Read More

Expectedly, European Liberal Left Blames Victims

Recent incidents have highlighted the dangerously failed European left-wing politics that has draped itself in the false cloak of morality and judgment. Israel has been hit by more than 1,000 terror attacks perpetrated by Palestinian Arabs in a four-month period. With knifing, car ramming, fire bombing, rock throwing and occasional shooting attacks, about 30 Israelis… Read More

‘Holy Calling’ Defines Feiners

We were thrilled to see Arnie Feiner’s “holy” work highlighted by the JT (“A Holy Calling” Jan. 8). Arnie and Lisa Feiner have been steadfast North Oaks volunteers for more than five years, helping maintain our library shelves and repair any of our books that need attention. During our 2012 renovation project, which included the… Read More

Vice President Biden’s ‘Moonshot’

Vice President Joe Biden goes on the attack against cancer. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Last year, cancer killed an estimated 589,430 Americans. And despite recent advances in treatment, it stubbornly remains a leading cause of death. Can Vice President Joe Biden lead an American offensive that will vanquish the dreaded disease once and for all? We hope so. And while we acknowledge the danger of buying into the “moonshot”… Read More

Kudos for Schere on DFI Series Story

Daniel Schere in “Bridging the Religious Divide” (Jan. 15) presented a fabulous summary of the speakers and discussion for the second of five sessions on “New Frontiers in Confronting Anti-Semitism,” which is run by the Darrell Friedman Institute and coordinated by Neil Rubin for professionals and lay leaders in our Jewish community. The series is… Read More