Rabbi Alvin Kass is the current head of the NYPD chaplains and is also the longest-serving chaplain, having worked under 7 mayors and 16 police commissioners. Rabbi Kass was on duty the day of Sept. 11th, 2001. Twenty years later, the Forward spoke to Rabbi Kass about his impressions of that tragic day, how his fellow NYPD chaplains and officers responded, and the spiritual lesson that can be learned from overwhelming devastation.
While a tenuous ceasefire between Israel and Gaza seems to be holding despite tit-for-tat violence last Wednesday, American Jews are still reeling from a reported surge in antisemitism following the conflict in the Middle East. Incidents include a window at a kosher pizzeria in Manhattan shattered with a brick, a synagogue door in Utah vandalized with a swastika and bottles thrown at Jewish diners in Los Angeles.
George Floyd’s murder and police officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the crime have sparked conversations all over the United States and the world about whether police are biased against Black and brown Americans and perpetuate white supremacy.
“Yarmulke” is sometimes rendered as “yamaka” and “yamica,” but also the just plain wrong “yakama.”
“Right now things may seem like they’re quiet, but you never know when it will rear its ugly head again.”
The mug was stamped with a red, white and blue “Q,” the word “QAnon” and an abbreviation one of the far-right movement’s slogans.
“It is inherently wrong to aggressively police one group of people, yet ignore another group that commits the same infraction.”
De Blasio echoed anti-Semitic tropes that have associated Jews with social problems, especially illness, for millennia, the letter said.
“The plan was to have a specific number of people who could go into one street, then close it down, and have the car go to the next street.”
“When you capture data more efficiently obviously the analysis is more efficient.”