The Current Crisis: “Even in Laughter, the Heart Can Ache”...

Jun 21, 2015 by

On June 18, in Tiberius, on the shores of the Kinneret, the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish was set on fire, and graffiti, consisting of a passage from the Siddur, asking that “the worshippers of idols be destroyed” was found scrawled on the walls, in Hebrew. No one was hurt. For reasons that might make sense to those who poisoned Socrates, Israeli officials immediately assumed the desecration was the work of right-wing Jewish teenagers from Judea or Samaria, and 16 such individuals were promptly arrested. According to police sources, the young people had been hiking in the region and were arrested several miles from the church. There was just one problem: absolutely no evidence linked any of those arrested with the crime, and, after a few hours, the suspects were all...

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Kol Ami: What Can Obama Do Now?...

Jun 18, 2015 by

President Obama recently indicated that he is very “pained” by the “perception,” in the Jewish state and beyond, that he is anti-Israel and, perhaps, antisemitic. The question this month, asked through TheJewishVoiceAndOpinion.com was: What, if anything, could Mr. Obama do to show he is not anti-Israel and, thus, win back the confidence of Israelis and their supporters around the world?   It’s too late. He’s undermined all of our Middle Eastern allies in the last six years, including Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia (which is now 50 miles away from Iranian nukes), Libya, Syria, and Yemen (now an Iranian conquest). At some point, common sense says: He is an enemy. Friends don’t destroy your safety and security for their own egomania. Dr. Bernard J. Baars La Jolla, CA   Perhaps he could stop being a...

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Kol Ami: Conversion Law?

May 5, 2015 by

In Israel, the so-called “Conversion Law,” a bill that would allow local rabbis, rather than only members of the Chief Rabbinate, to initiate and complete the conversion process, is on the table in the negotiations to form a new government. Some say the bill represents a necessary reorganization of the bureaucracy that currently controls the conversion process in Israel. Others believe that, even though it stipulates that the Chief Rabbinate must give final approval, the new law would still “water down” the process. On The Jewish Voice’s Facebook website, the question last month was: Do you favor the conversion bill?   I favor it, because no one has the moral or ethical right to coerce another to abide by anyone else’s religious dictates. If a person decides to follow Judaism, that is a private...

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Teaneck Councilwoman Barbara Toffler Accused of Removing Opponents’ Campaign Signs on the Eve of Elections...

Feb 15, 2013 by

Teaneck Councilwoman Barbara Toffler Accused of Removing Opponents’ Campaign Signs on the Eve of Elections Two days before Teaneck municipal elections, Councilwoman Barbara Toffler, who is running for re-election, was accused of going up to a private home in Teaneck and taking down campaign signs promoting two of her opponents, Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin, Teaneck’s first Muslim elected official whose close relationship with the Jewish community has been highlighted as an example of interfaith relations at its best, and Mark Schwartz, a member of the Teaneck Planning Board, president of Cong Shaare Tefillah, and treasurer of Yavneh Academy in Paramus, who is running for a first term as councilman. Barbara Toffler with campaign signs and a Teaneck policeman According to the police report, Dr. Toffler, a self-described “professional ethicist,” took down the signs in order...

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The Friends of Bill Pascrell

Jun 2, 2012 by

Occasional contributor Joel Mowbray (jdmowbra@erols.com) has filed a report on the Democratic primary contest this coming Tuesday in New Jersey’s Ninth Congressional District. The contest pits two incumbent Democrats against each other. Joel reports: Because of redistricting, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D, NJ) is running for re-election this coming Tuesday against a fellow Democratic incumbent Congressman. Pascrell’s slogan: “100% New Jersey Fighter.” Given his troubling associations with Muslim figures who have espoused fiery anti-Israel rhetoric and turned a blind eye to Hamas sympathizers, though, it’s hard to tell against whom he’s actually fighting. Take, for example, one of Pascrell’s closest allies for at least a decade: Mohamed El Filali, who is an executive with a local mosque whose founding imam is in jail on terrorism charges and whose current imam is fighting deportation on terror-related...

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Many “Rabbis for Obama” Support BDS and the Palestinian Cause against the Jewish State: Do They Reflect Their Candidate?...

May 22, 2012 by

President Obama’s re-election campaign announced last month the launch of “Rabbis for Obama,” a group whose stated goal is to rally grassroots support for the President in the Jewish community. The announcement came amid reports that Jewish support for Barack Obama, while still strong, is dwindling when compared to his numbers in 2008; as well as some hard-hitting ads for GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney targeting Jewish concerns, especially regarding support for Israel. The problem for the Democrats is that more than one-third of the “Rabbis for Obama” have taken harsh left-wing, anti-Israel positions themselves that they clearly think the President also supports. This perception will not help Mr. Obama in the normative pro-Israel Jewish community. According to the Boston Globe, there is speculation that he could lose between three and 10 percentage points...

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