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Death of Terror Victim Richard Lakin Creates Challenge for J Street

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The death of any Jew at the hands of Palestinian terrorists should make American Jewish organizations sit up and take notice. But the death of U.S. Jewish peace activist Richard Lakin poses a special challenge to left-of-center advocacy groups such as J Street.

Lakin, 76, a retired Connecticut school principal, was a...

Haven’t Felt the Same Since

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Twenty years ago on a Shabbos afternoon, my home phone started ringing. We did not have caller ID back then, but it was highly unusual that the phone rang with almost annoying regularity. We were living in Southfield, a Detroit suburb, on November, 4, 1995.

I was going to be covering an evening Book Fair at the West Bloomfield Jewish Community Center. I was looking forward to meeting authors and interviewing community members.

But all of that changed.

As soon as Havdalah was completed, I turned on our answering machine to hear caller after caller from friends and colleagues relate the news that would take my breath away. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by Jewish extremist...

For the Record

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A few weeks back, there was an article written regarding the lack of commitment by Bergenfield’s Council as it relates to road conditions on Highgate Terrace. As the administrator for Bergenfield, I usually do not participate in editorial writing, however, I felt compelled to write a rebuttal because the information provided over the past weeks and months regarding the continuance of this project have been so wrong, I felt that it was important to set the record straight.

On my first days as the administrator, back in March, 2015, while being briefed on the number of outstanding projects that needed attention, one of the first projects referenced was to complete the second phase of...

The International Beit Din Controversy: A Statement and a Proposal

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The decisions of the International Beit Din for Agunot (IBD) have generated powerful rabbinic critiques and countervailing declarations of unconditional support. Because the freedom of specific women is in dispute, and because the line of engagement runs roughly along the RIETS/YCT border, we cannot afford to dismiss these disagreements as mere intramural rabbinic squabbling.

Here are five things that everyone should understand about the controversy:

1) The teshuvot published on the IBD website are inadequate. They do a poor job writing up the facts, and make insufficient arguments. A serious scholar who had only read the teshuvot, and had no relationship with or experience of the...

An Insider’s Perspective on the Teaneck Board of Education Election

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Three years ago I was elected to the Board of Education as a Trustee. The Teaneck BOE is responsible for the K-12 education of nearly 4,000 students and a budget of $95-100 million, accounting for 60-65 percent of property taxes. Residents can obtain a good education via the Teaneck public schools, though test scores may suggest otherwise. Due to socioeconomic and other factors, a significant percentage of students contribute to an “achievement gap,” resulting in lower average test scores.

As an elected Trustee, I am committed to academic achievement, as well as fiduciary responsibility. In this article, I address three key issues: busing, taxes and a need for “better” employee...

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