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Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D.
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Rabbi Dr. Abraham Unger is Associate Professor of Government and Politics at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. He is Rabbi of Congregation Ohav Zedek in Bayonne, New Jersey. Rabbi Unger is also Senior Research Associate, The Hugh L. Carey Institute For Government Reform. His most recent publications are the book Business Improvement Districts in the United States: Private Government and Public Consequences (http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319322933 Palgrave Macmillan 2016) and the article The Future of Orthodoxy: A Political Appraisal (https://www.jewishideas.org/abraham-unger/future-orthodoxy-political-appraisal Conversations Spring 2016, Issue 25).

Entries by Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D.

Time For A Healing

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2016 | 10:09 PM

Enough. Our country is breaking, and instead of reaching across aisles, instead of reconciliation, we are getting angrier and angrier, positions are hardening, and all the carefully laid plans of good men like Dallas Police Chief Brown, are disintegrating within the span of a week. Why? Because there is no...

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What American Jews Need

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 3:26 PM

We are living in a world in crisis. Millions of refugees from brutal civil conflicts in the Middle East have fled to the West in just one year. Major European cities have become a theater of the War on Terror. Globalization -- the most amount of capital and labor moving...

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America, Where Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 10:45 AM

Is this crop of presidential candidates really the best we can do? The leading Democrat represents the interest of corruption while the leading Republican represents the interest of vulgarity. It's a new low.

I don't blame the candidates. They are opportunists, and they've sniffed out their moment. It's the...

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God and Globalization

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 2:25 AM

The global village. It's a cliché that has come to pass. Hundreds of thousands of refugees are fleeing from East to West right now as I write this. The world's demographics are undergoing radical structural change. The West will have to reconfigure its own cultural presumptions.

In Europe, and...

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How the Jewish New Year Can Change Our World

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 8:46 AM

Race riots. Violent military insurgencies across the globe. The overwhelming impact of widespread new media. Is this the sixties? Nope. Welcome to the second decade of the new millennium. It is now reaching its midpoint, and, as I tell my college students, we are blessed (in the academically neutral sense)...

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When It Comes to Custody, It's a Woman's World

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 11:41 AM

I am a Rabbi and Professor. I have spent the better part of my life working with young people, from Sunday school students to undergraduates. Most of all, I am a father. A single father. I pick up my kind, creative, and inquisitive identical twin sons Rafi and Ari everyday...

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How Our Children Learn

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 5:04 PM

Children know no boundaries. They are open to assimilating their experiences in a flash through a never-ending combination of instinct combined with fervent analysis and lack of inhibition. If children are loved, raised in a home with meaning and educated not with rigidity but, as the Bible's Book of Proverbs...

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A Prayer From Hoboken

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:53 AM

It's the first Sunday in Hoboken after Hurricane Sandy. The streets are just beginning to fill with residents stepping out to see if they can shop, meet, jog and do anything resembling a normal Sunday afternoon.

But it is no normal Sunday afternoon. The supermarkets are half full. There...

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Why College Students Matter

(12) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 12:23 PM

Sometimes what falls under the radar is where the real change is happening. While America has expressed a clear yearning for social change since the recession began in 2008, the focus of that change has been both divisively partisan and elusive. Is it the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street,...

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Government Doesn't Matter. America Does

(8) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 2:33 PM

Government doesn't matter. That's the most important principle to remember in this presidential election year. The candidates who get elected and technically manage our country don't matter much either. This is America. Sovereignty lies with citizens. American government 101, which I teach, reminds us that it is the electorate, you...

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America's New, Distracted Obsession With Social Issues

(14) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 1:04 PM

I am an Orthodox rabbi. That means I'm from the more traditional wing of the Jewish community and am probably more conservative than most folks from my hometown of New York City. Hence, the current presidential campaign season holds particular interest since it keeps on offering a passionate frenzy of...

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