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A Tale Of Two Stories

 Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing two major allegations that have the potential to be the catalysts...

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Black Lives Matter (the organization) has put itself in a very precarious situation. Until this point, BLM has been able to simultaneously hold up certain individuals on a pedestal as victims, while not having to put them out in front of a camera. These names include Michael Brown and Breonna Taylor. Both of these individuals are part of the “Say Their Names” movement; and since they were both killed in police altercations, BLM had the ability to use them to further their cause while not having to put them in the public eye, as neither one had a stellar reputation if you do not include the final moments of their lives.

If you are a strong follower of interracial victims of lethal violence, you may be familiar with some of the top headline-getters of the past decade. People like Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Michael Brown – and more recently: Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd – have all become household names. Following these high-profile stories, you may be swayed to think that when there is interracial violence, black people are the exclusive victims; but if we are judging an entire society on anecdotes, we need to look at possibly the most horrific case of interracial violence this country has seen in decades.

Our society has been enthralled with digging up old dirt on people in order to discount their current positions. Most of us are aware of how this played out in 2018, when, in an attempt to derail President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Democrats attempted to highlight an unproven accusation against Brett Kavanaugh. The supposed incident dated back to his high school days, but aside from a he said, she said narrative, the American people never saw any actual evidence of this occurring. Now to be clear, had that incident had any supporting evidence, it would have certainly disqualified Kavanaugh from a Supreme Court seat, but since no evidence was ever brought, it’s impossible to besmirch his name on one account alone.

Dr. Seuss once said, “Adults are just outdated children.” Nothing could have proved this point more than the ongoing so called “mask debate” amid COVID restrictions. And no, I won’t go too deep into each side this week because frankly, it’s a tiresome debate. But I will show exactly the types of people who fall on every side of the “debate” and explain what they were like as children.

Being an Orthodox Jew is expensive. I know you read newspapers for the news, and I’m sure that this comes as a shock. Well, that’s the kind of hard-hitting journalism you can come to expect in this paper every week. But it’s true. With the regular expenses of everyday life here in the New York metropolitan area, and the added costs of yeshivah tuition, kosher food, and the premium we pay just to live in a Jewish neighborhood, the money adds up. And we don’t really help ourselves, either. On top of that, we, like all other walks of life, tend to spend above our means. The obvious example is in the simchah department. Before COVID, weddings could easily cost more than $50,000, and often go well above that. Bar and bas mitzvahs are slightly lower, but aren’t split by two sides. Even smaller occasions like a shalom zachar, a bris milah, and a kiddush are often a shock in how expensive they are to first-timers.

For the last few weeks, I have been diving into the issue of anti-Semitism in the Black community. Unfortunately, this is not a one-way street. Despite many Jews being at the forefront of both the civil rights movement of the 1960s and today’s BLM movement, anti-Black racism certainly exists in the Jewish community – and I would venture to say that it’s more common among Orthodox Jews than it is elsewhere.