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Our Focus on Special Needs, Disabilities & Inclusion

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I originally intended to write a relatively short piece about how proud we are as a paper to participate in National Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) this February. We are also proud to make this week’s issue of the paper our Special Needs edition (starting on page 41) and doubly proud to feature...

Pondering Women’s Prayer at the Wall

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Like many Modern Orthodox Jews, we ponder the impact of the Israeli government’s recent decision to permit egalitarian, pluralistic prayer in the Kotel area known as Robinson’s Arch.

The Western Wall Plaza has a prayer area with segregated men and women’s sections in line with Orthodox custom. The area falls under the management of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz of the Orthodox rabbinate and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

The Robinson’s Arch area will be governed by a committee going forward chaired by the head of the Jewish Agency. This includes representatives from Conservative and Reform movements, the Jewish Federations of North America, the government of Israel and Women of...

Iran’s Despicable Act of ‘Humor’

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The Obama Administration worked to release hundreds of billions of dollars to the Iranian regime.

It bought into a nuclear “deal” that at best temporarily delays the inevitable, an Iran with military-grade nuclear capabilities.

Earlier this month, its Navy held 10 U.S. sailors prisoner when their disabled boat drifted into Iranian territorial waters. Iran made sure the world saw the images of American soldiers with their hands held behind their heads.

Now we read of Iran and the U.S. opening commercial air traffic between the two nations.

So the Obama White House’s new BFF is getting ready to hold a cartoon contest of caricatures denying the Holocaust.

We’re happy to see that...

Losing Three Precious Souls

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The secular year 2016 has started in a sad way. In a mere matter of days we have lost three precious Jewish souls in our local communities.

Daniella Moffson, 21, of the Upper East Side and a Barnard junior, died on a volunteer mission when her bus crashed and overturned in Honduras last Wednesday.

Our tears didn’t stop on Motzei Shabbat, after we learned of the death of Devorah Stubin, 22, a Passaic resident, who lost her way while driving and ended up crashing her car into the Passaic River.

If that pain wasn’t searing enough, we heard that little Chaim Kraus, 6, was fatally struck by a car that jumped the curb in Highland Park, hitting both the young boy and his mother, Rochi...

We Stand With Fair Lawn’s Leaders

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It’s not often that two of our editors drive out to Fair Lawn on a busy workday to meet with the mayor. But it was for more than an interview that made us rush to John Cosgrove’s side this week. It was to express thanks and solidarity to him for standing, constantly, for the security of all of Fair Lawn’s citizens, and particularly to its vibrant Jewish community.

You can read about why we went to Fair Lawn on page 1. In meeting Mayor Cosgrove, we were warmed by his strong, confident leadership which he has shared with the community in many capacities over the years. One of his first leadership roles in the community was as fire chief, and it was from these life experiences he...

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