Colors: Blue Color

This week, history was made on the White House South Lawn as two Arab monarchies normalized their relationship with Israel with a ceremony hosted by President Donald Trump. “We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history,” Trump said from a balcony overlooking the South Lawn on Tuesday. “After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East. In Israel’s entire history, there have previously been only two such agreements. Now we have achieved two in a single month. And there are more to follow.”

As many businesses remain closed and families still struggle with the repercussions of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Met Council, Council Member Stephen Levin, and the Williams Plaza Tenants Association distributed food to hundreds of families to get them through Yom Tov. Armed with 500 boxes fully packed with groceries, Councilman Levin and his staff distributed these kosher boxes to families to ensure they would have enough to eat before Shavuos in Williamsburg.

Some call it funny math and others chalk it up to budget tricks, but no matter how you slice it, New Yorkers are being gas-lit, as Mayor Bill de Blasio and his entourage of City Hall harlequins continue down a destructive path of appeasing the Defund the Police movement and stripping the New York Police Department of $1 billion – a sixth of its annual budget – as the City sets to iron out its budget amid a $9 billion deficit.

On May 15 (or possibly later), Governor Cuomo will begin to “reopen” New York State for business. Ideally, it should be an orderly process, where priority will be given to services based upon their level of importance and risk as opposed to a single “open the gates” approach. For example, hospitals and medical practices should be first in line, as non-elective and elective procedures were given a backseat in order to make room for COVID-19 patients. As fewer cases are being reported, hospital wards are becoming emptier. This puts a major financial strain on medical institutions. Other places that should follow are banks and government offices, but it won’t be long before everywhere else will reopen. 

What it means for us and the NYPD

By Shabsie Saphirstein

The sweeping nationwide “Defund the Police” movement hit the streets of New York City this past week and has left many confused and angry, as many argue that hardworking and law-abiding citizens will ultimately suffer if cities opt to decrease the presence of law enforcement. There are radicals who support this undertaking and are attempting to take over neighborhood policing. In Minneapolis, a veto-proof majority of the city council has said they will dismantle their police department. It is concerning, to say the least, but what does it mean for us and the NYPD?

Whenever the parshiyos of Acharei Mos and K’doshim converge, as they did this past Shabbos, I think of an old quip: “Acharei Mos” – after one’s death, “K’doshim,” people eulogize the niftar – regardless of the truth – that he was a kadosh – holy and pure. This past Shabbos morning, as my distinguished uncle, Rabbi I. Nathan Bamberger z”l, took leave of this world at age 95, I can say with absolute conviction that he lived his life with authentic k’dushah.