Colors: Cyan Color

Instead of becoming the Jewish version of Christmas, where we don’t have as many songs and don’t have as many presents, Chanukah is an opportunity for the Jewish people to remember the history of how the Jewish people fought for a sovereign Jewish home. This is all the more important when there are prominent politicians who seek to demolish that sovereignty and control Israeli policy from afar.

Four people were murdered last Tuesday in a brutal anti-Semitic terrorist attack at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City. The shooters, who were gunned down by police, had planned to attack the yeshivah next door, where as many as 50 children were studying at the time. Officials say that the tragedy could have been the equivalent of the Sandy Hook massacre if it hadn’t been thwarted as soon as it was.

Morningside Park is one of the city’s jewels. Unfortunately, when my wife attended Barnard, the nearby women’s college of Columbia University, Morningside Park was effectively off limits, too dangerous even in the daytime. As crime came down dramatically in New York and across America, Morningside Park became safe for Barnard students even at night.

Houston, Texas, has been known for lots of things over the years: the oil capital of the USA, Mission Control for NASA, great steaks, home of the Bush family, and its oppressive humidity during the summer. Most recently, it has also been known to be a victim of Hurricane Harvey during the summer of 2017, which left entire communities under water and on a path of unprecedented destruction. But Houston proved to be resilient and brought itself back to vibrant life.

Boris Johnson’s gamble when he called for elections in the United Kingdom paid off, as the conservative Tory Party trounced Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.  The American equivalent would be if the Republicans, with a small majority in the House of Representatives, gained 75 more Democrat seats in an election. When looking at the current Democratic Party, they are headed down the same road as Labour, only a few miles back.  

This week, Satan pulled out the snow shovels, because the “Squad” split apart from the Democratic Party to vote with Republicans. The vote was for House Resolution 326, “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding United States efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a negotiated two-state solution.” The resolution passed, 226-188, with 184 Republicans and 4 Democrats voting Nay. Not all “Nays,” however, are equal, and the reasons behind a vote are sometimes more important than the vote itself.