Rabbi Yaakov Menken

About Rabbi Yaakov Menken

Rabbi Yaakov Menken is the Managing Director of the Coalition for Jewish Values, the largest Rabbinic public policy organization in America.

The Party of Bias and Bigotry

Let’s review: one individual, Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), consistently minimizes terrorism while condemning efforts to combat it. Prior to coming to Congress, she wrote to a judge to request leniency for a man convicted on terrorism-related charges. She laughed in an interview when discussing how a professor’s reaction to mentions of al-Qaeda or

By | 2019-04-21T17:39:39-07:00 April 21st, 2019|

It’s Not a Celebration

Robert Mueller’s report is out, and the headlines are in. And perhaps the most troubling one was a summary claiming that “Trump allies are delighted” with the conclusions reached by the special counsel’s two-year-long investigation into alleged collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russians. Does it make sense that anyone, even

By | 2019-03-25T16:55:33-07:00 March 25th, 2019|

The Real Islamophobia

While attending a vigil for the shooting victims at two New Zealand mosques last Friday evening, a visibly pregnant Chelsea Clinton was accosted by a pair of left-wing “activists.” The two specifically blamed Clinton for the atrocity. This was a stunning charge. In his 72-page manifesto, the shooter, an Australian national and self-described

By | 2019-03-21T18:00:40-07:00 March 21st, 2019|

Airbnb: More Dangerous Than Pittsburgh

After the horrific attack upon a synagogue in Pittsburgh, I wrote that it is tremendously misguided, not to mention dangerous, to associate anti-Semitism with any single political cause. Rather, extremists at both ends of the political spectrum fall into the same trap. As I wrote then, “That Louis Farrakhan referred to Jews as termites,

By | 2018-11-24T23:05:58-07:00 November 25th, 2018|

The Politicization of Anti-Semitism

In the October 24 issue of Mishpacha magazine, popular in the Orthodox Jewish community, columnist Jonathan Rosenblum interviewed Jonathan Neumann, author of the excellent book dismantling the false equivalence between Jewish values and liberal activism, “To Heal the World?” Rosenblum closed by asking “what, short of an outbreak of violent anti-Semitism, might recreate

By | 2018-11-07T01:06:45-07:00 November 7th, 2018|

The Audacity of Obama

Few things could be more embarrassing than giving Barack Obama a prize for “ethics in government,” as the University of Illinois did on Friday. One is reminded of the Nobel Peace Prize given to Yasser Arafat for graciously accepting a base for his terrorist organization in the middle of Judea and Samaria. The

By | 2018-09-07T20:44:05-07:00 September 8th, 2018|

President Trump Was Right the First Time

President Trump was roundly criticized over the weekend for failing to call out neo-nazis and the Ku Klux Klan by name in his first statement about Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville. Many members of his own party, including Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Orrin Hatch of Utah, indicated the president should have said

By | 2017-08-18T13:32:35-07:00 August 16th, 2017|

Authoritarians Today Lob Lies from the Left

The reaction to Michael Anton’s elevation to the National Security Council confirms that he is a man of penetrating insight. Anton, of course, was for some time better known as “Publius Decius Mus,” writing at the Journal of American Greatness, the Claremont Review of Books, and, of course, American Greatness. In his famous piece, “The

By | 2017-02-13T23:54:56-07:00 February 13th, 2017|