Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.
The controversy over the drafting of yeshiva students in Israel has brought to the fore the unique dynamic that drives the Jewish state: the interplay between modern notions of democracy and the recognition that the Torah has sustained the Jewish people for thousands of years. There are those who believe all Israelis must share equally in the military defense of Israel while others say Torah study affords at least as much security as military service.
In many respects, The Jewish Press has long reflected this dynamic. Since its founding, The Jewish Press has striven to be a truly Torah-oriented newspaper, one that recognizes the centrality of Torah and Torah study to the Jewish people. Rabbi Sholom Klass, zt”l, the paper’s founder, took the greatest pride in the fact that his Torah and halacha columns reached thousands of Jews over the years.
At the same time, The Jewish Press has never taken a back seat in recognizing the Hand of God in the restoration, after 2,000 years of exile and unrelenting persecution, of a sovereign Jewish state in Eretz Yisrael. We also take great pride in the enormous achievements of Israel in science and technology as well as its miraculous growth as a military power capable of deterring its many enemies.
So our thinking on the draft issue may differ from those who place themselves firmly in one camp or the other. We appreciate the manpower needs of the IDF. At the same time, we certainly recognize the divine imperative of Torah study. Our hope, therefore, is that more yeshiva students will opt for military service in the hesder yeshiva and Nahal Haredi programs.
Having said that, we understand those who question the wisdom of legislation that mandates military service for yeshiva students and thereby imposes a legally enforceable limit on an individual’s Torah study. And while we do not for a moment dismiss the fairness argument that all should share in the risks of war, many modern democracies have embraced the notion of religious study deferments, even at times of great peril.
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Judea and Samaria (Yesha) have been governed by the IDF and not officially under Israeli sovereignty
n past decades, Oman has struck a diplomatic balance between Saudi Arabia, the West, and Iran.
I think Seth Lipsky is amazing, but it just drives home the point that newspapers have a lot of moving parts.
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The question of anti-Semitism in Europe today is truly tied to the issue of immigration.
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Do you seriously think that as you kidnap our children we should medically treat and help yours?
Sometimes collective action against the heinous acts of the majority is not enough. The world should not only support the blockade of Gaza; it must enforce the dismantling of Hamas.
The Jewish Press endorses the reelection of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. His record as governor these past four years offers eloquent testimony to the experience and vision he has to lead the Empire State for the next four years.
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Is the president oblivious to polls saddling him with some of the lowest presidential popularity rankings in recent history?
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