Opinion

Phil Jacobs

Opinion | ‘When the Dodgers left Brooklyn’

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By Phil Jacobs I was sitting in the rabbi’s office. We were interviewing for a feature story. He was Chasidic. He told me about his Brooklyn childhood,...

Letters to the editor: May 7

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A serious mental health problem Regarding “The Gun Problem” (April 30): Mass shootings of victims varying from young schoolchildren to Asian Americans and Jews is symptomatic...

Confronting domestic abuse

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During the past year, home has been a safe haven for most people. It was the comfortable refuge from the deadly pandemic, which predominantly...

Biden’s 100 day speech

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President Joe Biden marked his 100th day in office last week with a nationally televised address to a joint session of Congress. He spoke...
Jonathan S. Tobin

Opinion | Does America’s Afghanistan pullout bode ill for Israel?

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It turns out that there are some things on which President Joe Biden and his predecessor agree. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Biden’s decision to...
Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum

Pesach Sheni | The lessons of the Second Passover

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By Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum On Monday we celebrated Pesach Sheni (the Second Passover). The first Passover sacrifice was brought in Egypt in the year 2448...
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Opinion | If rabbis can’t talk about public policy, what’s the point of Torah?

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By Rabbi Michael Rothbaum When do you call the rabbi? Sometimes to complain. (We’re Jews, after all.) But usually, a life-cycle event has taken place. A...

Letters to the editor: April 30

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Ready to return to shul I applaud the Jewish Times article “Lag B’Omer heralds cautious return to in-person events” (April 23). The synagogue to which...
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Opinion | Sorry, but Zoom Judaism just isn’t the real thing

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By Rabbi Eli L. Garfinkel For more than a year now, synagogues around the world have managed to continue their activities during the COVID pandemic...

Resounding bipartisan support for Israel

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In today’s combative political climate, amid mounting concerns of partisan posturing, there are few things on which most Democrats and Republicans agree. But a...