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Miracle of Purim 1953

8 years after the Holocaust, the Jewish people and the free world were again in great danger from Hitler's one time ally Stalin, whose tyranny led to the loss of 94 million lives. Stalin died on Purim

For A While Gaza Actually Was Another Singapore — Before They Blew It In...

The truth is that for a while, in the 1970's, Gaza rivaled -- and even surpassed -- Singapore, now Hamas says with pride it has no interest in becoming another Singapore.

The Other Half of the Half Shekel

This Shabbat, we read what is known as Parashat Shekalim, which deals with the half shekel coin that was collected from males over the age of 20. Why only a HALF shekel coin?

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

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.

Let’s do the TRUMP!!

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”

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Forward Editor Announces He Hates Chanukah

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

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

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

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

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

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?

SHLOMO CARLEBACH’S SONG words and music by Ben Reuven

A musical tribute to the internationally famed Jewish troubador, Shlomo Carlebach by famed Jerusalem troubador words and music by Ben Reuven

Dear Mr. President

Mr. President, you were elected legitimately and democratically and though I was deeply offended and alarmed by your rhetoric, I respect and therefore, as an American citizen, you are now my President

V’Shavu Vanim: The Comins Come Home

On Shabbat when they learned I just made aliya, I was given the third Aliyah, then the shul sang "V'Shavu Vanim" It was unexpected and extremely moving, validating the years of planning and hard work

“A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand”

Despite all, the ideals of the Founding Fathers and a moral electorate live on in those individuals seeking to strive for a better world through personal freedom based on biblical roots.

A Final Plea to Never-Trumpers

Nevertheless, even as late as Election Day itself, I wish to address those conservatives and Republicans who have declared themselves Never-Trumpers.

The Left That Cried Wolf

After years of ranting about nonexistent threats to democracy like the Shaked proposal, the Israeli Left has destroyed their credibility.

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