Opinion

July 2, 2014

The hagiographic discussion of how the ”Rebbe’s Teachings Continue to Inspire” (June 20) omitted salient data. First of all, despite the fact that most rabbinic commentators insist that aliyah and settlement in the Land of Israel is one of the 613 commandments, Rabbi Schneerson not only never set foot on its holy soil, but — CONTINUE »

July 2, 2014

Your post-election analysis of the June 24 primary election falls a little short of the mark.  The Democratic and Republican candidates for governor, who will be competing in the upcoming general election, present the voters with a dismal choice. Neither Anthony Brown, the Democrat, nor Larry Hogan, the Republican, has the moral and ethical qualifications CONTINUE »

BY Rabbi David Greenspoon
July 2, 2014

The recent decision by the Presbyterian Church (USA) is hurtful on real-world terms and gets in the way of what most Israelis and Paletinians want: two secure states. Most Israelis support the formal establishment  of Palestine, as do most American Jews. The Palestinian Authority has actively stated that the movement  for boycott, divestment and sanctions CONTINUE »

Parshat Balak
BY Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
July 2, 2014

Except for the saints among us, we all boast. Sometimes, we boast about our own natural endowments, our good looks or our athletic prowess. Often, we boast about our achievements, social or professional. There is one type of boasting that seems to be unique to the traditional Jewish community. That is boasting not about oneself, CONTINUE »

July 2, 2014

Last week, a perfect storm of sorts formed over Washington in the long campaign to win Jonathan Pollard’s release from a life sentence  for espionage. Both Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, a Pollard supporter for decades, and outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres, who has a tangled relationship with the Pollard case, urged President Barak Obama to CONTINUE »