They’re really arguing about ambulances?

Early in 2020, the Orthodox rabbis of Teaneck and Bergenfield communities, perceiving the threat from the emerging pandemic, united to urge closing synagogues until the threat diminished. This was the right stand and they deserve to be commended for it.

Fast forward to the present. What is the major threat confronting the Jewish community, defined broadly, that now unites the same rabbis and compels them to speak out? Is it Iran’s march toward the atomic bomb and the deal that may stall it but provide billions to help it achieve its goal of destroying Israel through its proxies? Nope.

Maybe it’s the resurgence of global antisemitism coming from extremes on the right and left? Afraid not. No. What issue have the rabbis identified that compels them to unite and raise their voices in common? In case you haven’t guessed by now, it’s the appearance on the scene of another community ambulance service to compete with the existing volunteer emergency service.

A mere seventy-five years after the Shoah, have we learned nothing?

Steven Gilbert

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