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Apology for Monday’s Op-Ed


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The Jewish Press apologizes to its readers for the unfortunate op-ed article, along with its incendiary and insulting headline, regarding the Atzeres Tefilla in New York on Sunday against the drafting of yeshiva students in Israel that appeared on the Jewish Press website early Monday.

The Jewish Press website is based in Israel in order to cover breaking news from the Middle East on a 24/6 basis. The article in question was posted without authorization and approval of The Jewish Press newspaper, and the individual who wrote and posted the article on the website has been fired.

Needless to say, the sentiments expressed in the article and headline do not represent those of The Jewish Press, its officers, editors, and staff. The article was deleted from the website as soon as it was brought to the attention of the publishers and editors of the newspaper.

Jerry Greenwald, Naomi Mauer

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145 Responses to “Apology for Monday’s Op-Ed”

  1. Why would you take down that article and fire the author when all he did was represent the views of your non charedi readership who serve – and whose children serve – their country. Proudly. We will not give in to violence and intimidation nor be mislead by lies and propaganda.
    I know so many people who until now have had positive views on many aspects of the charedi world. They are so angry right now. Just today I heard a story about an 11 year old boy in a traditional home who after seeing the demonstration in Jerusalem last week told his grandmother that he does not want to have a bar mitzvah!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    There's no need to fire someone for posting his opinion. Better to put a moderation system in place whereby you view each article before posting, regardless of the time lag. Yonatan Gordon

  3. Jonathan Weber says:

    How very very unfortunate. The Haredi world needs to realize it can't speak Lashon Hara, it has to set examples for behavior (not like in Beit Shemesh or with Rabbi Pinto, or the previous Chief Rabbi). They also have to realize the secular population in Israel can no longer afford to support so many who don't work, and who criticize the IDF for saving their lives. If the Maccabees took the Haredi attitude toward fighting, Judaism would have died with their rebellion. Almost all of our great sages worked for a living AND studied Torah. I deeply worry that the chasm that is developing between the Haredim and the Dati will destroy Israel as it did the 1st and 2nd Temples.

  4. What Op-ed? Anyone have a copy?

  5. Josh Backon says:

    Too bad they didn’t fire half the staff when we (15 of us) in 1979 and 1982 wrote and published the parody NOT THE JEWISH PRESS. Ever since two friends of mine wrote (1979 and 1982) the *NOT* THE JEWISH PRESS, I can’t read the real thing with a straight face. BTW a few of the adverts came from yours truly :-) (Our Lady of Perpetual Nachas of Atlantic City; Magda’s Mikva Lady School). Where else can you read classics like: a course in TVILA B’TZIBUR held at the Boat Basin ?; A 30
    minute course by Rabbi Soloveitchik on “The thought of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin(g). In-depth analysis of Rabbi Riskin(g)’s magnum opus BAAL HATSHUVA. Kantian ethics and the categorical interrogative. Premarital textual intercourse in the covenantal community ?; an advert for Rubik’s Tfillin; a new volume from Artscroll called ASHER YATZAR with a Shabbos tear-away edition only costing $4.95 ?; an advert “FDR NEEDS YOUR HELP”
    with the address being Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 455 Moshe Feinstein Drive, NY NY ? ; an advert for Yeshivat CHOR HAKOTEL, the hole in the wall yeshiva ?; the column MEET OUR *K’TANIM*; the classified section ads like “Chumash teacher neede, P/T Beis Yaacov Yeshiva, must skip dirty parts”, “Father seeks yng man, preferable in medical profession for adorable 48
    yr old daughter. Slight acne and arthritis condition. Call”; the recipe section: Lokshen Kugel in 31 flavors; the Social Register: “Congratulations to Heather O”Connell and Tony Binnelli on their engagement. (NOT THE JEWISH PRESS is not responsible for the kashrut of its advertisers).

  6. I find it much more "unfortunate", "insulting", and offensive that The Jewish Press has fired someone for writing an excellent, truthful, gutsy, on-the-mark op-ed piece. Shame on you.

  7. what was the op-ed?

  8. I find it much more “unfortunate”, “insulting”, and offensive that The Jewish Press has fired someone for writing an excellent, truthful, gutsy, on-the-mark op-ed piece. Shame on you.

  9. I guess free speech has no place with the Jewish Press – disgusting!

  10. Why FIRED? that seems harsh – why is it that some sides of a story can only dish out criticism and opinions and can’t handle the other side expressing themselves. Disappointing.

  11. Josh Backon says:

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  12. Ch Hoffman says:

    they oppose the draft because they don't want their 19 year old men to see the degree to which they've been kept in the dark

  13. You fired Yori for that op-ed? That’s terrible! While the op-ed may have had a controversial headline, I think many of your readers, myself included, agreed with the contents. In fact, I found a cached copy on Google and most of the comments were supportive of the article. That rally was a terrible chilul Hashem and based in lies. Yori always puts out interesting content and it would be a shame to see him fired. Please reconsider, and perhaps even re-post the op-ed, just with a less controversial headline!

  14. It’s an outrage, I tell you. Yesterday’s very public outcry should never have happened. Daven in your shul, say Tehillim with a group…but to gather and to bring attention to the internal strife we are facing, as a Jewish nation. Have we not earned anything at all from the past 70 years? The outside world cares nothing about the size of your kippah, or lack thereof. .where you buy your chalav akum/yisrael/stam or how you set your Shabbos table.. etc. We are viewed as a teeming mass of Judaism, curious but unapproachable at best and hazardous and to be feared… at worst. We do not need to bring further angst upon ourselves. Do mitzvot, help your impoverished neighbor, drive a senior citizen to the store, give back..and make the world a better place. Mi kiAmcha Yisrael? What’s going on here?

  15. I enjoyed the article and I do not think the author should have been fired at all. Sad.

  16. Interesting article. Tried to share it on my FB page, but now it is gone. His articles are the most interesting of anything you publish.

  17. I agree. I don’t see why all should not serve. Shared bourdon means everyone.

  18. Samuel Ramos says:

    I agree with Moshe Z. Matitya's comment! What happened to freedom of expression?

  19. He summarized the protest in one headline, that is talent.

  20. Sharon Lax says:

    When one writes the truth, one should not be fired. Rather applauded. Shame on the JP for yielding to pressure

  21. Dan Silagi says:

    Yanover is absolutely correct. You can take your "apology" and shove it.

  22. We should not incite one another against one another.

  23. In order for the Jewish Press to remain competitive against Hamodia and Yated it had to take the side of the demonstrators. Soon photos of women will have to go as well. Yanover’s oped was harsh and should have been vetted by the editors first. But I hope the Jewish Press stays true to itself

  24. David Blatt says:

    Very disappointed in you for doing this. This was the one time I agreed with Yanover.

  25. I greatly enjoy Yanover's writing and am sorry to see him go. If you have a problem with the hareidim, it's nothing like the problem that they have with themselves. The insane statement of one group that they would leave the country is ridiculous. Aside from those who have foreign passports, what goyishe country would take them? And if a country did take them, wouldn't they have to work? You won't get a better writer when you try to replace Yanover. Maybe the JP will rethink things and take him back.

  26. Joseph Friedman I am offended by your equating of Yanover's statement with neo-Nazis.

  27. Chaim Kurz says:

    I would love to see that article

  28. What a fantastic piece! The headline was in very poor taste, and the content was something I’d expect to see on TOI (where bold editors understand the notion of self-criticism) rather than the JP, where the worst news you will ever see is what our enemies are going to do to us *next week*.

  29. Abe Kohen says:

    The JP writes one true article and for that they apologize?

  30. Brian Wiener says:

    And the APOLOGISE for this???? They shoul give the guy s medal and a raise for saying it like it really is…without the pious bs.

  31. Sergey Kadinsky says:

    In order for the Jewish Press to remain competitive against Hamodia and Yated it had to take the side of the anti-draft demonstrators. Soon photos of women will have to go as well. Yanover's op-ed was harsh and should have been vetted by the editors first. But I hope the Jewish Press stays true to itself

  32. David Pitch says:

    Can you say cancel my subscription?

  33. Tzvi Grossman says:

    Now that Yanover is gone there really is no reason to read this rag.

  34. Moshe Ruzin says:

    It’s Yori Yanover who you owe an apology to.
    Shame on you.

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