The NYPD Gets Its First Kippah-Clad Deputy Chief

Despite all the bad news about rising anti-Semitism, America remains a land of opportunity for Jews, including those who make no efforts to hide their identity. Take Richie Taylor of Brooklyn, who today will be sworn in as a deputy chief of the New York Police Department, making him the force’s highest-ranking kippah­-wearing officer. Reuvain Borchardt writes:

At forty-one, Taylor will be the youngest deputy chief currently in the Department. Richard (Yechiel) Taylor grew up in Manhattan Beach and Midwood, attending Yeshiva of Manhattan Beach and Touro College. Before becoming a police officer, Taylor was a member of [the Orthodox emergency medical service] Hatzalah, and responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11.

He became a police officer in 2005. . . . Taylor has served in over ten commands across the city, and was the recipient of the 61st Precinct Cop of the Month Award in September 2016 for making a firearm arrest solo. He currently serves as commanding officer of Community Affairs, and he will continue in the Community Affairs Bureau after his promotion.

Read more at Hamodia

More about: American Jewry, New York City, Orthodoxy

Israel Just Sent Iran a Clear Message

Early Friday morning, Israel attacked military installations near the Iranian cities of Isfahan and nearby Natanz, the latter being one of the hubs of the country’s nuclear program. Jerusalem is not taking credit for the attack, and none of the details are too certain, but it seems that the attack involved multiple drones, likely launched from within Iran, as well as one or more missiles fired from Syrian or Iraqi airspace. Strikes on Syrian radar systems shortly beforehand probably helped make the attack possible, and there were reportedly strikes on Iraq as well.

Iran itself is downplaying the attack, but the S-300 air-defense batteries in Isfahan appear to have been destroyed or damaged. This is a sophisticated Russian-made system positioned to protect the Natanz nuclear installation. In other words, Israel has demonstrated that Iran’s best technology can’t protect the country’s skies from the IDF. As Yossi Kuperwasser puts it, the attack, combined with the response to the assault on April 13,

clarified to the Iranians that whereas we [Israelis] are not as vulnerable as they thought, they are more vulnerable than they thought. They have difficulty hitting us, but we have no difficulty hitting them.

Nobody knows exactly how the operation was carried out. . . . It is good that a question mark hovers over . . . what exactly Israel did. Let’s keep them wondering. It is good for deniability and good for keeping the enemy uncertain.

The fact that we chose targets that were in the vicinity of a major nuclear facility but were linked to the Iranian missile and air forces was a good message. It communicated that we can reach other targets as well but, as we don’t want escalation, we chose targets nearby that were involved in the attack against Israel. I think it sends the message that if we want to, we can send a stronger message. Israel is not seeking escalation at the moment.

Read more at Jewish Chronicle

More about: Iran, Israeli Security