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Will Anyone Fill Bronfman’s Chair?

By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

December 22, 2013 | 11:39 am

Edgar Bronfman, undated file photo via wikicommons

As the Jewish world comes to grips with the passing of the legendary Jewish leader, activist, philanthropist and businessman Edgar Bronfman, who died this weekend at the age of 84, major... read on

  • No Justice, No Meat: Polish Parliament Reaffirms Antisemitism

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 16, 2013 | 4:26 pm

    With great chutzpah and an undercurrent of antisemitism the Polish Parliament has rejected a bill proposed by the government to permit Kosher and Halal ritual slaughter. As has been the case in other European countries that have banned kosher slaughter, the process is deemed... read on

  • Divide Over Kotel Prayer Highlights Racism of Palestinian Authority and Muslim Waqf

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 25, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    Jewish communities might be fighting about fair access to the Kotel, but what is missing from the discussion is Jewish use of holy places in Jerusalem. The Muslim Waqf and the Palestinian Authority’s opposition to the Kotel compromise demonstrates their intense racism. Instead of... read on

  • Jewish Lists: What They Say About Us

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 9, 2013 | 9:27 pm

    Jeffrey Goldberg's recent column in Bloomberg, is a very powerful argument for canceling the recent proliferation of media-inspired "Jewish Lists." This article is a must read. It also got me thinking about what the lists that we create today say about our generation, because lists... read on

  • Who is to blame for the Doheny Meat scandal?

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 29, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    We are.

    Let me explain.

    Rav Shraga Feivel Zimmerman, the current Chief Rabbi of Gateshead, England, spoke in the aftermath of a major kashrut scandal which rocked Monsey, NY, in 2006. He recalled the story of the Prophet Jonah that we read on Yom Kippur afternoon. The story... read on

  • Limud Polska: It’s No Joke

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    November 6, 2012 | 12:41 pm

    (Part one of several blogs on my recent return to Poland after an 11 year absence.)


    The snow began falling just as the busses were unloading for the 5th Annual Limud conference in Poland. (They spelled it Limud in Poland.) It has been eleven years since I left Poland after... read on