Neighborhood Fear

Editorial Director

Fear of the unknown, writes H.P. Lovecraft, is “the oldest and strongest kind of fear.” Unfortunately, I learned that lesson well last month as my family and I found ourselves at the mercy of a burglar who for whatever reason chose not to come upstairs. The reason I am sharing this story now, coinciding with… Read More

A Dangerously Bad Deal

The Iran deal that President Barack Obama is promoting seems to be a danger to the United States and its Middle East allies, including Israel (“What Happens Next?” Aug. 21). This deal only lasts 10 to 15 years regarding Iran’s obligation to stop working on nuclear weapons capabilities when the breakout time would be near… Read More

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