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On The Palestinian “Option” — Not Right — Of Return

19 Shevat 5777 – February 14, 2017
Refugees in general, and Palestinian refugees in particular, retain an option to return, this is not considered an absolute right. It is an option to be measured against consequences of repatriation

The Response Needed to the Haredi Protests Against IDF

The rioters, Haredim all, protesting the arrest of a draft dodger, were destroying public property, burning garbage bins, causing a public disturbance.

A Rocky Week

12 Shevat 5777 – February 8, 2017
Jewish forces (not Turkish or British), wiping from the face of the earth a vibrant God fearing community in Eretz Yisroel and sending Jews into an unknown future, was heart rending for normal Jews

Let’s do the TRUMP!!

26 Tevet 5777 – January 23, 2017
A musical offering in honor of America's newly inaugurated 45th President, Donald Trump

Rabbi Akiva the Psychologist: Using Traditional Jewish Teachings to Conquer Anxiety

Perhaps the single greatest teacher of Rabbinical CBT was Rabbi Akiva. The Talmud (Berachot 60B) teaches that Rabbi Akiva was always in the habit of saying " Everything that God does is for the good."

The Short Vort: Yakov “Lives”

18 Tevet 5777 – January 16, 2017
I am advocating a halachically acceptable and Torah mandated embrace of values and concerns in harmony with Torah views even if the beneficiaries of these movements and causes are primarily non-Jews.

Israeli or Jew?

13 Tevet 5777 – January 10, 2017
Israelis are drifting wider apart on where the moral boundaries on when soldiers are to "fire" are to be drawn. This debate is rapidly escalating where it has long been pushed under the carpet.

Whitefish–No, not the Salad–the City in Montana

12 Tevet 5777 – January 9, 2017
Neo-Nazi groups from the UK, Sweden, France and Greece will attend the march and “a representative of Hamas will be in attendance, and will give a speech about the international threat of the Jews.”

Kerry On and Settle Down

5 Tevet 5777 – January 3, 2017
A blessing for the outgoing President and his Secretary of State. To quote the rabbi in Fiddler on the Roof: “May G-d bless and keep President Obama and Secretary Kerry…FAR AWAY FROM US!”

Obama and Kerry Cannot Stop the Redemption

3 Tevet 5777 – January 1, 2017
When our enemies tell us to choose between their culture and being Jewish the light rises within us, drawing us to our destiny. This cannot be stopped; not by Obama and not by John Kerry.

Why Israel “Captured” Jerusalem

29 Kislev 5777 – December 29, 2016
Simply put, today, under Israeli control, Muslims, Jews, and Christians, live and pray in Jerusalem. When it was under Arab control, Jews could not even visit.

The Power of Small Things

Small deeds can have a huge impact, or as better said in Chovot HaLevavot the Jewish self-improvement manual, “a small light can shine forth and push away much darkness” This is the essence of Hanukah

We Cannot Build on Palestinian Lands

27 Kislev 5777 – December 27, 2016
As there never was an independent, Arabic state called Palestine, there cannot be any Palestinian territory. The Arabs in fact rejected the UN Partition Plan which would have given them that state

Forward Editor Announces He Hates Chanukah

22 Kislev 5777 – December 22, 2016
The simple fact is the Forward hates everything Jewish except left-wing Yiddish protest chants.Its editor's latest rant is entitled, "Why I Detest Hanukkah, and Why All Right Minded Jews Should Too"

For David and Manya in Amona: Jews Must Speak Out

15 Kislev 5777 – December 15, 2016
The permits for building Amona issued 20 years ago were challenged by agencies of the New Israel Fund, not because the NIF wants justice for the Arabs but because they want Jews out of YESHA

Amona, Amona

12 Kislev 5777 – December 12, 2016
Thousands of police are now under going intense training for the imminent forced expulsion of 50 Jewish families from Amona, formerly an unwanted rocky hilltop now a miracle of green and life

A Soldier’s Father and His Smartphone

My son the soldier, in silhouette, sitting alone in his uniform on top of a mountain, wrapped in his tefillin, reading from a siddur, the sun rising in the distance, bursting forth into the sky-NACHAS

Amona

6 Kislev 5777 – December 6, 2016
Shabbat in Amona? Beyond your dreams! You can see Jordan, the Dead Sea and villages. Early morning, the Arab call to prayer, a church bell, flocks of sheep. No machinery sounds, few cars-- peace

Are You Completely Nuts? Three Answers to Aliyah Questions

2 Kislev 5777 – December 1, 2016
For everyone who doubted whether or not making aliyah it was worth it, know that there is nothing to inspire personal growth like waking up each morning as a Jew in the Land of The Jewish People.

The New “Ctl-Alt-Del” Movement

21 Heshvan 5777 – November 22, 2016
I want to start a new movement. It’s called control-alt-delete…who’s in? It started as a joke but momentum is growing. Are you in?

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