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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

JewishPress.com Editorial Board

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  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”
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  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.

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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.

  35. Steven M. Einhorn says:

    Yanover expressed an opinion I agreed with, not only me, but many, many Jews around the world that would bear arms to protect the Land. I think you have a very capable system in place for vetting articles before they're published and your excuses only brand you as incompetents or worse giving into pressure. As to the Haredim. All extremism is Bad ! We label the jihadists extremists because they blow themselves up. Well, at least they have the courage of their convictions, twisted as it is. The Haredim want to be left alone to "Learn" Maybe they should learn about, Duty, Honor, Country.

  36. Joseph Friedman says:

    Yehoshua Friedman You shouldn't be. You should be more offended with the original statement. In any event, I didn't equate his statement with neo-Nazis; I responded to someone's point that "freedom of expression" is the know-all/end-all that should allow anything that can be typed.

  37. Good for you Jewish Press for doing the right thing. And to some of the comments…. there is a difference between free speech and pure hate and incitement. Get real.

  38. I used to look forward to reading the JP, no more . Instead I am now canceling my subscription. Shame on you.

  39. Effective immediately, I am during the Jewish Press. Please remove all my articles from your site. First because from the shores of the galut, you have no right to judge us. Second, because I do not believe in having my articles posted in a non democratic forum. Third, because an op- end is about opinions. If you disagree, counter it, don't silence it.

  40. Faleen Fedol says:

    An absolute pity you felt it necessary to stifle the truth….you should be ashamed of yourselves and i hope the individual who wrote and posted it, who you felt the need to fire, finds employment at a more truthful, less stressful, higher paying company than yours.

  41. Sorry….autocorrect strikes…. Effective immediately, I am FIRING the Jewish Press. Remove my articles.

  42. Larry Singleton says:

    What you should apologize for is 1. Being a rank Ad Whore. The page is almost disfunctional under the weight of all the ads. 2. For censoring the article; good or bad people had a right to read it at least. The fact that I can't find it really pisses me off because I like reading "the other side". Unfortunately this is just typical; most of these sights are totally out of touch with readers. Especially when it comes to being assaulted by a bunch of stinking ads.

  43. How can I access the original op ed? NOW I want to read it!

  44. Thank you, Abe Cohen, for posting the article. It was well-written, informative, entertaining and right on. It was an op-ed, with an inflammatory title, but a balanced and thoughtful piece all the way through. Ultimately, the author’s love for Klal Yisrael shines through, and I found it very inspiring. I truly hope Mr. Yanover finds another job quickly. We need more voices like his.

  45. Noah Farbstein says:

    Terrible mistake by the Jewish Press. I used to read it several times a day. No more. It will be deleted from my list of internet sites.

  46. Dave Bender says:

    I remember seeing something "unlikely" on their site the other day, considering their audience, and thought – ok, that's unusual for their op ed POV.

  47. Dave Bender says:

    Just posted to his Twitterfeed: @yyanover There are a a lot of stomping mad ppl in Israel over this Yori, and backing you – pls repost the article elsewhere.

  48. Anonymous says:

    You should have fired Mr. Yanover a while back,when you published his column repeating the accusations made in the New York Post about a Hasidic Jew who had just been brutally murdered. Repeating unproven accusations against anyone who has just been murdered is terrible. It shows complete insentivity to s grieving family and friends, blackens the name of a man who may be innocent of wrongdoing, and convey the impression that his murder was justified. Equally irreponsible is repeating accusations from a scandal sheet as if they were proven facts, without doing any independent investigative reporting to verify them. Yanover sets himself up as a judge of other people about whom he knows little or nothing. As Joseph Welsh said about Senator Joseph McCarthy when the Senator made a misleading and damaging attack on a young lawyer who had done nothing wrong, "Have you sir, no sense of decency? As long last, sir, no sense of decency?"

  49. Paula I share your outrage, please post the banned article on the guest blog section on my site.

  50. Better idea make Yanover the editor of the Jewish press and fire any moser who marched in the anti Israel rally.

    Every advertiser should drop the Jewish press

  51. Gershon Shapiro 50000 haredim informing to the gentiles is incitement.

  52. The Jewish Press should apologize to the people of Israel for their arogent editorial policy and their chutzpa.

  53. Mosheh Vineberg says:

    couldn't agree more Yehoshua.

  54. Rachel Furman Stern says:

    You FIRED an employee for writing an OP-ED that did not match YOUR purview of the topic??? I hope he has a better attorney than you do. Did you forget what OP-ED means? OP-EDs are about OPINIONS and your employees have the right to have them and they can differ from yours. Every self-respecting periodical allows DIFFERING opinions to be printed. I wish Yori Yanover much success when he takes you to court for the illegal firing you did.

  55. Actually, from what I am guessing, they fired him because he dared to express his opinion – I very much doubt this is the first time he posted articles as he posted that one. The "not follow protocol" is likely a polite way of saying he didn't agree with them…and for that, they should not be firing him.

  56. Michael Horowitz, I didn’t like the idea of it because I did not think it would look good to the gentiles who would not understand it but how did you go from that all the way to “informing”? Remember it was also set as a prayer gathering. Lastly, two wrongs don’t make a right either way. That Op Ed was wrong. Period. Once you agree (which if you are honest you will) we can then debate all other points.
    An interesting angle to consider…. take that OpEd and change the players. The writer being a left liberal Arab from Gaza and the charedim being simply Israelis. Try it.

  57. Yossi Barak says:

    Where can I find the article to read?

  58. The Charedi hatred you guys are displaying is as hateful, ugly, and antisemitic as the one shown by Arabs and liberals towards Jews and Israelis in general. It is astonishing.

  59. Tim Lieder says:

    Of course, the article did not agree with the views of Jewish Press. It had balls. It wasn't some mealy mouthed suck up article.

  60. Ari Solomont says:

    What was the content of the op-Ed?

  61. Anonymous says:

    "The sentiments expressed in the article and the headline" expressed exactly those of thousands and thousands — perhaps millions — of Jews, but you FIRED him? That's craven, obsequious and unworthy of a real news site. I will be removing you from my list of internet sites.

  62. Anonymous says:

    Protocol? Surely he submitted his article for editing and layout as all articles must be. What happened is that when the negative response came in from certain constituencies, the Jewish Press panicked and fired him. This isn't a "protocol" issue, unless by "protocol" you mean writing politically correct pieces only. And who needs a rag like that?

  63. Zelda Burkey says:

    Well I guess your newspaper doesnt believe in freedom of the press or free speech.

  64. Linda Socher says:

    50K Haredim March so other Jews could die in war. Sorry, but there are limits. It's not what he wrote necessarily, but the way he presented it. It gives fuel to the Jew-haters.

  65. I guess there will be one less page of the Jewish Press in which to wrap fish…

  66. Sean Brierley says:

    Paula, I love the tech writer in you. And, I am completely on your side politically EXCEPT … our President is our choice and Israel cannot determine that choice. Obama is good, not just because he brought us healthcare you already enjoy. I hope you can understand that.

  67. Linda Socher No, that freaking massive Chilul Hashem on Sunday is what gives "fuel to the Jew-haters". What an image! A bunch of well-educated, well-employed, comfortable NY Jews protesting so that their similarly clad brethern in Israel remain ignorant, unemployed and poor. It was a despicable disgrace!

  68. The title was provocative but the content was accurate. I agree with Michael Lipkin.

  69. Ilana Rosansky says:

    And they sent it out twice!

  70. Eli Black says:

    I wouldn't wrap my Kosher fish in that non-Kosher nonsense!

  71. Devra Penzner Ariel says:

    we used to call it The Jewish Mess.

  72. Suzy Baim says:

    While the Army is a very good thing for people to do, the government, i think, has an agenda to try to secularize them while there. They could, however, join Nachal Charedi and do army while keeping Jewish Law, and also learn. What i think people should understand is that we should respect both army and learning. We need the army for physical protections and we need Torah for spiritual protection

  73. Donny Reich says:

    I actually liked that op-ed piece. It was refreshing to see something like this in the Jewish Press. I was starting to have a new found respect for this rag.

    Alas, it was not to be. The Jewish Press did not disappoint, and removed a great article from their site. Returning to their lower class journalistic ways.

  74. Yael Eller Berlinger says:

    Mealy mouthed apology because the op-ed piece offended sensibilities? Why are the lives of my children more expendable than the lives of those children learning in yeshiva?

  75. Naomi Kasz- Schwed says:

    How can I share this?

  76. Gershon Shapiro you can say prayers in your galut shul.. But when you call the non Jewish press to cover your anti Israel prayer you are a moser.

    It’s time all non haredim financially boycott the haredi world. No tzedaka for any haredi group, fire every haredi Rabbi from any non haredi shul or school.

  77. Liliana Rogers says:

    What happened? You actually panicked that there was one brave man among you that had the courage to say things as they are? Chas v'shalom we should tell the truth! This reminded me why I stopped reading the jewish press years ago!

  78. Are the 50,000 charedim who live in NY exempt from civil responsibilities in their country? Does their government subsidize their Torah study? What is their standing to demand that of Israel?

  79. Wonderful way to deal with an unpopular opinion. Delete. Make it go away. I hope this brave writer finds work quickly somewhere where he will be allowed to express his truths. pathetic. truly pathetic.

  80. John Keytack says:

    Were drinking when you wrote this? It a rambling, virtually incomprehensible mess.

  81. John Keytack says:

    Abe Kohen reposted it. 🙂

  82. Why fire a man who speaks his opinion? Just dock his pay for wrongful actions and make the article an opinion of the writer. Some people might agree with him.

  83. Paula, Have you by any chance read Yori's book, he Cabalist's Daughter,A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption? If someone has a copy, given this guy's boldness, I'd like to borrow it.

  84. Rachel Rousseau-Erlichman says:

    I'll be the lone ranger in stating the 99% of the time The Jewish Press is a great newspaper which covers a variety of subjects. However, this reminds me of the whites apologizing to the blacks every time they cry racist.

  85. Dan Silagi says:

    Linda Socher Yanover was exactly right, except he underestimated the number of haredi cowards who say, "Let you and he fight, while I watch." He didn't count the 250,000 in Israel who also participated in the "Million Schnorrer March." And to paraphrase Lipkin, it makes the Haredim poster childen for anti-Semites of all stripes. As if they weren't already.

  86. Dan Silagi says:

    And you, Georga, have every right to kiss my politically incorrect rear end.

  87. Deborah Wenger says:

    Yes, he was a little snarky, but he really told it like it was. They probably should have just changed the title. But firing one of their better writers for telling the truth? I do hope he sues – and wins.

  88. Hila Gordon says:

    Why would you fire someone for his opinion? I don’t necessarily agree with the author, but to destroy someone’s parnassa over ONE ARTICLE? Why don’t you moderate, remove, set guidelines anything? This must be advertiser pressure, and it is utterly sad the JP would unhesitatingly strip someone of their income without a second thought. I am thoroughly disappointed with your actions. You should give him his job back

  89. Dan Silagi says:

    Deborah Wenger I don't know if he has much of a legal case, although he's in Israel where the concept of "employment at will" is different than it is here. However, it's incumbent upon us who feel Yanover was mistreated to make our opinions known — forcefully. Yanover and I have been at loggerheads over many issues (I am the Jewish Press's resident apikorus), but he was absolutely correct about Haredim here, and I've got his back on this.

  90. Sean Brierley I think the outrage here is about censorship of an op-ed piece and not Obama per se. For the good or the bad, the Jewish Press is wrong to have fired someone for expressing his opinion. As for Obama – I can't argue against what he is doing in the States…I can only say outside the States, he has damaged the US reputation and would endanger America's allies beyond repair, if we/they let him.

  91. Michael Horowitz, read what I wrote in my last comment. You are only proving my point….

  92. How can anyone complain about media bias against Israel, about Arab world wanting to boycott Israel, about icitement towards Israel when our own people do all those things against our own people the charedim??!!

  93. Abe Kohen says:

    Gershon Shapiro, the truth speaks for itself. It’s one thing when the ochlei lehem hesed are cowards, as the Torah exempts cowards from service. It’s another thing when they create a massive hillul hashem.

  94. Abe Kohen says:

    Gershon Shapiro, the truth speaks for itself. It’s one thing when the ochlei lehem hesed are cowards, as the Torah exempts cowards from service. It’s another thing when they create a massive hillul hashem.

  95. Abe Kohen says:

    Gershon Shapiro, the truth speaks for itself. It’s one thing when the ochlei lehem hesed are cowards, as the Torah exempts cowards from service. It’s another thing when they create a massive hillul hashem.

  96. David Blatt says:

    Mr Shapiro he told the truth. You get real.

  97. So, no opinions allowed in your op ed page. Interesting. From a chossid.

  98. Yanover was the best reason to read your paper. He will be missed.

  99. Sad, speaking truth to power gets you fired. If you live in Israel, you serve in the IDF regardless of how you worship and who you are-period.

  100. Yori – sue the buggers!

  101. Jonathan Shore says:

    While at times a little harsh, the message was fair and pointed out hypocrisy! I applaud Mr. Yanover.
    Your apology and "excuse" are weak and misguided. A true apology to Mr. Yanover is called for.

  102. Debbie Hall says:

    Don't you dare apologize! I'm offended by your apology. These leeches are a shonda and I think most US Jews feel the same.

  103. The hatred blinds you all. There is a difference in telling the truth or stating opinions and incitement such as saying that the charedim demanded that others get killed for them. Using such language is not acceptable in a debate and only serves to lose the debate before it starts. If any of you are too blind to see this then there is nothing for me to add. I wish we all increase in ahavat israel…..

  104. Laura Kam says:

    My son is an officer in an IDF combat unit protecting everyone in Israel, unfortunately those that desecrate the name of the IDF so despicably. The op-ed was nothing to apologize about. And whatever happened to free speech?

  105. Gizella Elbaz says:

    Your apology is totally offensive. Mr. Yanover should not be fired for expressing his opinion. So many of us totally agree with him. These people are willing to allow our boys to go to war, they totally discount their learning and feel they're the only ones who count. If their learning is keeping the country safe, why don't they just keep learning and davening for the draft law to be changed

  106. Draisa Salb Frischman says:

    i am disturbed and offended by your apology. you should be ashamed. kudos to yori yanover.

  107. Bear Klein says:

    What made you fire him. He had a valid Zionist viewpoint. Style was inflammatory, yes! You should have someone write a counter view not fire him. A debate would uplifted you paper. In lieu you took the cowards way out.

    Some one is opposed to Jewish self defense? Why do some Jews have to serve and not others? In-spite of time for Yeshiva study and accommodations for separation of women, and kashrut.

  108. Anthony Davis says:

    Rachel Rousseau-Erlichman Yeah or gentiles apologizing to the Jews every time they cry anti-semitism.

  109. Karen Bell Eisenberg says:

    Was it an op-ed, or an editorial? The latter is supposed to be the position of the paper. Even if it was an op-ed, a paper isn't a blogging platform, and the editors can accept or reject an article based solely on what views they wish to publicize.

  110. Yossi S Schwartz says:

    and so, this is the end of the road of the Jewish Press. once a paper one could rely on for views not in accordance with charedi propaganda, who firmly believed in freedom of speech. it is sad see them too pandering to the right

  111. Bear Klein says:

    Toby Klein Greenwald https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yori-Yanover-Co/730161767028181 Yoni's facebook page. He has the article posted. It is also on mine.

  112. Bear Klein says:

    Yoni claims he followed normal procedures and the article was vetted by his supervisor. They have forfeited the opportunity to have somone debate him in lieu of canning him. His viewpoint even if harsh is the viewpoint of the majority of Jews in Israel, including religious soldiers.

  113. Gary Shaffer says:

    Paula R. Stern – I'm not a big Obama fan, but the real damage to America's reputation was done by Bush/Cheney who created a phony war, which ruined our political and military standing, alienated our allies, further energized the jihadists, and gutted our economy. Has anyone noticed that over the past 2-3 years the US deficit is steadily disappearing? And that we haven't pursued the John Wayne foreign policies that so severely damaged us and others in the past? If that lowers the US reputation in the world, then the problem lies elsewhere.

  114. Start a petition to have Yanover rehired. He told the truth. Would any of us want to send of children into battle while others are completely exempt. We lived through this during the Vietnam War with draft dodger YESHIVOT. JEWISH PRESS rehire him. I hope others will join me in this request. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  115. Bear Klein says:

    Known for its editorial feistiness, The Jewish Press was politically incorrect long before the phrase was coined. This your own statement about yourself. Firing Yoni Yanover was a self contradiction. You are proud that Rabbi Meir Kahne was among your writers. Would Kahne have been more charitable to people advocate for Jews not to defend the state. Or a certain class of Jew anyway.

  116. Wasn't the oped line correct? The Haredim want to study all day and let others support & die to protect them? Where in the Torah does it say one is obligated to sit & study all day? If they don't want to do army duty, perhaps community service or overseas outreach like Chabad emissary's?

  117. Bryan Wolf says:

    You are a bunch of idiots. Go back to Iran!

  118. The headline (and opening sentence) was indeed incendiary and insulting. How did it get past your editors? I'm very glad you've retracted it. However, I confess that there was much in the article which rang true, and I think a carefully thought out editorial response would have been preferable to firing the writer.

  119. Annie Kadosh Orenstein says:

    Woah… Charif!

  120. Jeff Eyges says:

    He's towed the line for years, covering for criminals within your community – but let him tell the truth just once, and you fire him.

    THAT'S what you should be apologizing for.

  121. Yori Yanover says:

    I love you, Neal Picker and I appreciate your support. Meanwhile, find me at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yori-Yanover-Co/730161767028181

  122. Dan Silagi says:

    It might have been harsh, but it was thoroughly accurate.

  123. What was the article about?

  124. David Adjmi says:

    You fire a writer for an Op Ed you don't agree with? Disgusting

  125. Jacob Oslick says:

    Moses said to the Haredim: "Shall you sit here while your brothers fight?" The Haredim responded, "yup, sounds good."

  126. Julian Gecelter says:

    One less site to read

  127. Jacob,the hareidi lifestyle involves challenges of a different kind – not just for three years but for a lifetime. You may disagree with it – I myself do on numerous levels – but the suggestion that it is a cowardly cop out is simplistic and unfair. Yanover's article made many good points, and I have no problem with his expressing them – as I said; but the headline was incendiary and insulting and should never have been published in a newspaper that takes itself seriously.

  128. Dan Silagi says:

    Jacob Oslick If they merely sat, it wouldn't be so bad. But they stand up and schuckle, and schnorr as they're doing so.

  129. I understand that many feel that they should join the army. But just because they don't want to, doesn't give someone the right to say, "…….let other Jews die." Those who don't join are Not saying that. They are just worried that the Government wants to secularize them. Not everyone has to do the same thing. Some people choose army, and some people choose learning, and some choose both.

  130. Joe Grob says:

    Gizella Elbaz I totally agree with you but remember that the Jewish Press in my opinion is a right wing paper controlled by fanatics and that it is not worth the paper it's written on. It's best read in the toilet so it may also be used as toilet paper.

  131. Anonymous says:

    They're just responding to the pious Jews that buy the printed version for their shabbos lashon harah pleasure.

  132. Morons and Imbeciles of the Editorial Board: Your pathetic reaction to an op-ed piece only reminds my why I no longer read your silly haredi comic book that masquerades as a newspaper. I used to enjoy all those press releases from narcissistic "machers" with puffed-up egos, as well as the comics about King Solomon's Temple and the Shamir in the center double truck. A pox on you.

  133. Jodie Polansky-Maoz says:

    If you don't hear both sides of the story- you have no right to bash the Jewish Press. The reason Yori was fired was not because of this there was so much more involved. If you are truly the righteous person that others claim, you would have done more research before you put up that you are FIRING THE JEWISH PRESS.

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