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Ed Koch’s ebullient personality and can-do attitude provided a much-needed shot in the arm to a city that had barely dodged bankruptcy under the dour and ineffectual Abe Beame, and his willingness to buck the city’s liberal establishment was a balm for New Yorkers, particularly those in the outer boroughs, fed up with the accelerating social experimentation that characterized city governance for decades.
Mr. Koch is widely credited with leading the city away from the ruinous fiscal policies of his predecessors and laying the groundwork for the relative prosperity of the 1980s.
He was also a pioneer in seeking to revamp New York’s perennially dismal housing stock, an effort that revitalized what many had thought to be lost neighborhoods. He also began the badly needed rebuilding process of New York City’s deteriorated infrastructure.
Though several of his initiatives were unsuccessful, they did point the way for his successors. Of particular note were his efforts to hold down spending, cut vastly wasteful anti-poverty programs – which earned him the enmity of black leaders – and reduce the out of control power of municipal unions.
His third term was marked by scandals involving subordinates, appointees and political allies – though he was never linked personally to any wrongdoing. But his overall record was a positive one, as evidenced by his broad popularity and influence after leaving office.
While Mr. Koch was hardly a role model for Orthodox Jews in terms of his personal religious observance, he took vocal pride in his heritage and never tired of defending Israel.
And people will long remember that he saw to it that his tombstone was inscribed with the final words of Daniel Pearl before the latter’s beheading by jihadists in 2002 for the crime of being a Jew:
“My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish.”
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But the world is forever challenging our Jewish principle and our practices.
If this is how we play the game, we will lose. By that I mean we will lose everything.
One wonders how the IDF could be expected to so quickly determine the facts.
While there is no formula that will work for everyone, there are some strategies that if followed carefully and consistently can help our children – and us – gain the most from the upcoming school year.
We risk our lives to help those who do what they can to kill to our people .
Twain grasped amazingly well the pulse of the Jewish people.
The entertainment industry appears divided about the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Israelis in Gaza border communities need to get out; who will help them?
The contrast between the mentality of Israel and the mentality of Hamas was never so loudly expressed as when the Arab killers became heroes and the Jewish killers became prisoners.
There is a threat today representing a new category of missionary:They call themselves “Hayovel.”
Just as we would never grant legitimacy to ISIS, we should not grant legitimacy to Hamas.
Is Woodstock still leading the world to destruction?
Reportedly, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have formed a bloc that seeks to counter Islamist influence in the Middle East.
And why would the U.S. align itself on these issues with Turkey and Qatar, longtime advocates of Hamas’s interests?
Several years ago the city concluded that the metzitzah b’peh procedure created unacceptable risks for newborns in terms of the transmission of neo-natal herpes through contact with a mohel carrying the herpes virus.
Hamas has coupled its ideological intolerance of the existence of Israel with numerous terrorist attacks and rocket launchings.
Since nothing is static in warfare, the lesson is clear: Iron Dome must be continuously improved to stay ahead of developments in any rocket technology Hamas and Israel’s other enemies might get their hands on.
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