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A Shidduch Made in Trenton

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With just over a week to go before Election Day, over 200 Bergen County Democrats gathered at the Richard Rodda Community Center in Teaneck on Sunday, October 26 for an event sponsored by the newly formed New Jersey State Democratic Committee’s Jewish Caucus.

A number of dignitaries were in attendance at the standing room...

The Annual State of the Jewish State Address

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In what has become a highly anticipated annual event, each year, the United Nations General Assembly welcomes dignitaries from across the globe to the East Side of Manhattan for a confab of the world’s most powerful leaders.

The UN General Assembly means different things to different people. For many people, it symbolizes a week of frustration due to the incredible gridlock on the streets around the United Nations. Some people enjoy the opportunity to gawk at the dignitaries, with their large entourages and fancy motorcades, as they traverse the Manhattan streets. Other folks eagerly anticipate hearing some of the more extreme and sometimes incendiary speeches which are delivered by...

The Man Without a Plan

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It now looks like the Al Qaeda threat to the world has been supplanted by an entity that poses greater peril than Osama Bin Laden’s gang did, if not more so. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS as it is commonly known, has been wreaking havoc and gaining a degree of notoriety that has captured the attention of the world.

Comprised of Sunni militants who proudly wear their Islamist extremism on their sleeves, ISIS is directly responsible for massacring thousands of innocent civilians across Syria and Iraq. They are already at Israel’s Syrian border, and are trying to infiltrate Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The brutal decapitation of James Foley proved without a shadow of a...

Cantor Sings His Final Tune

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The campaign for the June 10, 2014 GOP primary election in Virginia’s 7th Con­gressional District was by all accounts a sleeper. David Brat, a college eco­nomics professor and a virtually unknown po­litical novice, was challenging the #2 Republi­can in the House, Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Cantor, a powerful seven-term lawmaker— who some speculated had designs on one day becoming Speaker of the House—was osten­sibly a shoo-in for re-election. The pre-Primary Day polls had him leading his opponent by a considerable margin. The political pundits es­sentially ignored the race, which they found to be devoid of any excitement. For Eric Can­tor, it was not a question if he was...

David vs. Goliath

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Contrary to what you may think, Israel has been battling more than just one enemy during Operation Protective Edge.

There is no question that the onslaught of rockets fired by Hamas directly resulted in the decision by Israel to take measures to defend its citizens and led to Israel’s attempt to restore a sense of quiet and stability to the region. Yet, Hamas is not the sole adversary that Israel is forced to engage in battle during this difficult period.

Not only is Israel fighting a war against ter­rorism; it is also fighting a war in the court of public opinion. Throughout history, there are people who relish the opportunity to criticize Israel and denigrate the Jewish State...

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