Black or White, No Minyan for a Woman

While I have no doubt the author has experienced racism as an African-American Orthodox woman, the question of being counted in a minyan is not applicable to her (“Confronting Racism in Orthodox World,” Aug. 14). It can be applicable to her male counterparts, but as a woman, Chava Shervington is not eligible to be counted… Read More

As Gen. Lee Said:Put Away the Flag

I cannot stand by silently and allow Murray Resnick (Your Say, Aug. 19) as well as Carl Berenholtz (Your Say, Aug. 12) to spit in Gen. Robert E. Lee’s punim (face). If, as Berenholtz contends, the Confederate battle flag is about “heritage, not hate,” then why was it that Gen. Robert E. Lee would have… Read More

Young Jews: Stop Apologizing

I think that [newly elected president of the student arm of J Street] Amna Farooqi misses the point entirely (“What Do You Think I Should Do?” Aug 21). We have a serious issue with organizations such as J Street that seem to believe that only Israel should be criticized. She ignores that Israel is one… Read More

For or Against? Let’s Debate

Alan Dershowitz

Instead of engaging in a series of debates on the merits and demerits of a controversial Iran deal, the Obama administration has resorted to ad hominem attacks on its detractors, including liberal democrats who have long supported the Obama administration but now oppose the deal. The administration seems to be losing support for the deal… Read More

Preparing for the Year-End and the New Year

The beginning and end of each year are times that stimulate all of us to think. Even those who are not in the habit of making a daily “accounting of this world” (Bava Batra 78b) tend to do so at these moments, these days that are so conducive to examining, summing up and planning. Beloved… Read More

Matisyahu’s Litmus Test

Matisyahu performs at the Rototom Sunsplash Festival.

The Rototom Sunsplash Festival is a well-known, popular, annual venue for reggae music in Spain, drawing talent from all over the world. The musician Matisyahu — the one-time “Chasidic Reggae Superstar” and current mainstream performer born as Matthew Miller — was scheduled to perform at the festival’s prestigious closing-night event. But before he would be… Read More

Getting Real on the Iran Deal

The debate over the Iran nuclear deal has entered the head-counting phase. By that, we don’t only mean who in Congress has taken a public position. Last week, 341 rabbis announced their support for the agreement, which Congress is expected to vote on next month. Shortly thereafter, a crowdsourced petition appeared online asking for “only… Read More

Kohanim and Kings Parshat Shoftim

Did you ever argue politics with an anarchist? How about theology with an atheistic communist? Well, I’ve done both and have learned a lot in the process. It all goes back to a bench in Hester Street Park, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, near the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva, where I attended high… Read More

A Shining Exemplar

Editor-in-Chief

There’s no question that Israel faces an uphill battle getting steeper with time in the court of public opinion. Whether from the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, entrenched institutional and societal anti-Semitism in Europe or an American predisposition to back the perceived underdog in any conflict, the Jewish state largely faces a deck stacked… Read More

No Room for False Information

In the words of beloved President Ronald Reagan, “There he goes again”  (Marc Caroff’s Aug. 7 Your Say letter). Unable to Refute Stephen Arkan’s Unimpeachable Facts (Your  Say, July 17), the ZOA’s Caroff instead resorts to a Fox-TV-style engorged jihad of intimidation in an effort to silence opposing voices. Because for bullies, questions that are… Read More