Colors: Cyan Color

 Author’s Note: To Rabbi Schonfeld: Ask and ye shall receive. To everyone else: If I ever get my act together enough, I will complete the book I’ve been working on for the past 18 months. Until then, here is an excerpt.

I’m going to depart from my normal column format to speak directly to the readers of the Queens Jewish Link.  I want to share some observations I have made of the electoral season ahead of the all-important midterms, both as a columnist and as an organizer.

As Jews around the world conclude a month of atonement, festivities, and reflection while gearing up to restart the biblical cycle over again, it is incumbent upon all to take stock of the mistakes of the past year in order to rectify, repent, and reevaluate priorities and plans for the coming year.  Problems that are solvable can only be done once those problems are recognized, and recognition of our own failings is the first step towards repentance.  In fact, it is impossible to fix a problem unless a powerful first step is taken: admitting you have one.

(As published in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles - October 2, 2022)

 The decision to bar “Zionist” speakers from meetings of student groups at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law has been described by some critics as creating “Jewish-free zones,” as during the Holocaust.

As leftwing and blue as New York is, New Yorkers could always look towards other states and say, “well, at least we’re not that crazy!”  That excuse has been dwindling since 2019, though, when Democrats finally took over the last barrier for legislative dominance when they won a majority in the State Senate.  The radical agenda hit New York with a force, and Kathy Hochul is running to be even more extreme.