I have no recollection of any major student protest the many years I was at the Yeshiva University main campus. I was not unique. YU, unlike some other universities, rarely had protests. While at YU, one of the protests that I did hear about involved Rabbi Soloveitchik (the Rav) in the late 1960s objecting to the change of status of the yeshiva to become a university. I did not think much of it, since I thought it had no practical effect. Years later, after the New York County Supreme Court Judge’s decision in the YU Pride Alliance case, I realized I was wrong. The Court relied upon the change in status as grounds to apply the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to YU. I then investigated to learn about the protest involving the Rav.

For the past couple of weeks, I have written about the importance of not relying upon others’ opinions, whether it was a stock or whether CNN’s program was a whitewash. I recommended that you look at the original source the CNN program or SEC reports that companies must file. A review of Rabbi Schonfeld’s column indicates a third reason you should look at the original source.  If you look at the original document, you can see what is fact and what is opinion.

This was a week where I had so many things to choose to write about. I was planning to write about the Supreme Court vacating the stay of the New York State court’s order and the education department rules, the New York Times article, and the reaction to both. Then I got COVID. I am writing this column on the third day of having the virus. Hopefully, by the time the column is published, I will back to normal, or as some may say, normal for me.

I have written columns where 95 percent of the column was criticizing progressives and five percent was criticizing Donald Trump. In response, my critics, in their Letters to the Editor, totally ignored my attacks on progressives and criticized me for my comments about Trump. Thus, it came as no surprise that the right-wing Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) bashed CNN for their anti-Semitism special (“CNN Anti-Semitism Special a Deliberate Whitewash, Rabbis Say”). I do not want to respond to their comments in detail, but I recommend that you watch the program and come to your own conclusions.

Within a week, I went to two funerals and four shiva calls, one of my two guinea pigs died, Queen Elizabeth died, and it was the twenty-first anniversary of 9/11. There are some individuals who may look at this week and conclude that there is nothing but the dead and dying back in my little town. But I try to learn something from each experience.

On August 21, my wife and I went to the well-deserved dedication of naming the street in front of Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills, Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld Way.  I had no expectation of being involved in the ceremony. All of a sudden, when Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld was in the process of pulling the cover off the sign, it became stuck. They asked for a tall person to help pull it off and someone called my name. I was right near them and sprung into action. I ended up pulling off the cover. It was a great honor for me to end up completing the removal of the cover of the sign in memory of someone who I respected. This is one more example where I am able to work with Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld despite our differences.