$13 Billion is a Shakedown–for the Federal Government

The news dominating the business headlines recently has been the record breaking $13 billion pending settlement between the Justice Department and JP Morgan Chase. The fines stem from the faulty mortgage securities that JP Morgan knowingly misled investors into buying in the lead-up to the financial crisis. According to the talking heads on Fox Business […]

Child Abuse is Not a One-Rabbi Issue

People often say that abuse happens in every community, so it should come as no surprise when it happens in our own. Recently, an Orthodox man from Kew Gardens Hills was reported to the police on allegations that he sexually assaulted a child on a Monsey Trails bus. It was the not the first time […]

A Dark Moment in HANC History

Two weeks ago, a rabbi who had once worked at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC), a well-known modern-Orthodox school, was arrested for allegedly molesting a ten-year-old student over the course of six months about four years ago. According to the police, Rabbi Lieberman molested the boy in the school’s resource room as well […]

Conservative Judaism

A Progressive Suggestion for the Conservative Movement

“The Conservative movement is dying!” shout the rabbi, teacher, and elderly congregant to their half-empty congregations. I have heard so many say this so many times that it no longer fazes me. In fact, I’ve begun to understand why they’re worried. As I look inside Conservative synagogues today, I see a deficit of young people. […]


We Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists

There is one episode that synopsizes the entire governmental crisis we were just in. Texas Congressman Randy Neugebauer, a House Republican, had been a supporter of shutting down the government in order to defund Obamacare—legislation passed by both houses of Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. One of the direct […]