More than funding formula changes are needed to fix a school board plagued by acrimony and dysfunction.
Rabbi Ari Hart
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Rabbi Avi Shafran recently offered a passionate defense of the actions of the Charedi dominated East Ramapo Public School Board. I trust that that Rabbi Shafran’s intentions are honorable – to strengthen the Jewish people and create a fairer education system, and I welcome the debate. For too long this issue has been whispered about or ignored in our community.
The Talmud teaches that: “The world endures only for the sake of the breath of school children.” It is in that spirit that the Jewish people have valued education so highly for thousands of years. That statement also reflects a profound truth: Education is the key to a healthy, productive society, and to individual physical, emotional and spiritual flourishing. Unfortunately, that precious breath is being cut short for thousands of schoolchildren in Rockland County.
But the document poses a collective action problem: everyone has to sign on.
Rori Picker Neiss
My husband and I agreed when we were dating that if we were ever to get married, we would frame our ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract, and hang it prominently on the wall, with a plaque affixed to the glass that read “In Case of Emergency Break Glass.”
Buoyed by the city Board of Health's agreement to delay implementing its consent decree on metitza b'peh (MBP) while a lawsuit is pending, a group of plaintiffs held a press conference earlier this week to galvanize support. (Our invitation must have been caught in the Spam folder.)
On eve of Board of Health vote, haredi umbrella group wants to bring ‘freedom of religion’ case.
The haredi umbrella organization Agudath Israel is planning to sue the City of New York should the Board of Health pass a law this week requiring that mohels obtain informed consent from parents whose infant sons will undergo metztizah b’peh, The Jewish Week has learned.
The informed consent document would provide information about the oral suction procedure’s risks, which include infection with the herpes virus that could lead to brain damage or death.
Tells Jewish Week clergy could face obstruction charges for first vetting molestation allegations; urges Agudah
to bring cases to police.
Special To The Jewish Week
After months of equivocal statements about Agudath Israel’s longstanding position that — with very limited exception — child sexual abuse allegations must first be investigated by rabbis, the Brooklyn district attorney has issued a clear warning to the haredi umbrella organization that its policy puts rabbis at risk of running afoul of the law.
After the death of an infant who contracted herpes during a controversial circumcision practice, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said it is investigating the case as a possible criminal matter.
Jerry Schmetterer, the spokesman for Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, told The Jewish Week Monday, “Our Crimes Against Children Bureau is looking into this situation. I would not assume what any possible charges would be.”