Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.
Posted on: October 3rd, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
There is a special mitzvah on Sukkot to be “ach samaoch.” Only joyous. It is a happiness not dependent on anything external, beyond definition and words. Just to be absolutely joyous in one’s love and worship of G-d. Rabbi Kook describes the sukkah as a whirlpool of joyous energy which is constantly changing each second, reaching ever-higher levels of joy and attachment to G-d.
Posted on: October 2nd, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
To rectify the blemish caused by galut, the Diaspora Jew has to stop being in exile and join the ingathered. He has to actualize the words of his daily prayers, “And gather us together from the four corners of the earth” by getting on a plane.
Posted on: September 30th, 2012InDepth → Op-Eds
The brilliant plan that Barack Hussein Obama and some of his more useless advisers cooked up for defeating Islamic terrorism was to isolate the "extreme" violent Islamists who want to kill people from the "moderate" political Islamists who are willing to take over entire countries in elections.
Posted on: September 30th, 2012Blogs → Fresno Zionism
Unfortunately, ‘respectable’ voices in our society, even — especially — among Jews, are unable to understand what the deliberately outrageous, over-the-top Geller sees clearly.
Posted on: September 30th, 2012Blogs → My Right Word
For sure, there is no "direct connection" between the book, Torat HaMelech, and the youth who carried out the vicious attack on an Arab in Zion Square although since the trial hasn't begun, we really do not know much, neither I nor the Reform Rabbi. A Rabbi, by the way, would steer clear of such an accusation, especially during the Ten Days of Penitence. But "concentration camps"?
Posted on: September 30th, 2012Blogs → CIFWatch
There are not many places in the Middle East (or in Britain, for that matter) in which one can still find an old fashioned British red telephone box with a working phone. In Mazkeret Batya, south-east of Rehovot, there is exactly that – a remnant from the days of the British Mandate – on the main street of the moshava, next to the museum.
Posted on: September 30th, 2012Blogs → Emes Ve-Emunah
I though I might take a break from my regular fare here and talk a bit about my illustrious family. Many people know my New York cousins. Not so many know me. At least not outside my blog.
Posted on: September 30th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
If it did it would die. Just the way the Diaspora is destined to die. The etrog tree doesn’t belong in Brooklyn. The climate isn’t right for it. It’s the same with the lulav, hadasim, and aravot. The four species which we are commanded to take for ourselves on the Festival of Sukkot are indigenous to Eretz Yisrael, just as the Torah is indigenous to Eretz Yisrael, and the Jewish People are indigenous to Eretz Yisrael. We belong in Eretz Yisrael. All of the holidays are intrinsically connected to Eretz Yisrael. The Torah was designed and fashioned by the Almighty to be observed in Eretz Yisrael.
Posted on: September 28th, 2012Blogs → Emes Ve-Emunah
There are many people who are born frum that have issues that are similar to ba'alei teshuva. We shouldn’'t be singling them out. But then the Rav went right into bashing Modern Orthodoxy Although he didn't label them outright it was clear from the context that the Modern Orthodox Jew is, according to him, the one with the real problem.
Posted on: September 28th, 2012Blogs → This Ongoing War
If you saw our posting [here] about the thoughtful Israeli television series that takes a remarkably close look at Europe's Muslims, you may be interested to know that the fourth episode of the four-part series went to air this week on Israel's Channel 2, and is posted in full on the web
Posted on: September 28th, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
As a looney lefitist in the NY vandalizes approved ads in the subway, under the guise of "freedom of expression" (while not allowing others to freely express themselves), her message is very clear.
Posted on: September 28th, 2012Blogs → Goldstein on Gelt
As a financial planner, I often ask new clients why a particular investment is included in their portfolio. One answer that I find somewhat worrying is: “I don’t really know how to explain it, but I just had a gut feeling that this stock was going to be a winner!”
Posted on: September 28th, 2012News & Views → Yori's News Clips
Every educated American has had to explain to a foreigner, at one point or another, our election system, or, more specifically, the Electoral College.
Posted on: September 28th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
One of Rav Kook's public proclamations, sent out all over the Diaspora, years before the Holocaust, was entitled, “The Great Call”: "To the Land of Israel, gentlemen, to the Land of Israel! Let us utter this appeal in one voice, in a great and never-ending cry."
Posted on: September 27th, 2012Blogs → A Soldier's Mother
Once again, the nonsense that a child is wiping up blood in Gaza as a picture is used again. This time, it is claimed by Syrian rebels to be a child there. In defending the Syrian rebels, Linda Juniper attempts to set the story straight...and misses completely.
Posted on: September 27th, 2012Blogs → Sultan Knish
The addict seeks the unreal state because it makes him happy. It is the real world that depresses him. Enough Americans chose to shoot up Obama and a smaller number are still committed to their hope drug because he makes them happy. And fooling them makes Obama happy. All the money is just a counter that everyone trades back and forth in exchange for happiness. Trillion dollar deficits are how we know we're getting high.
Posted on: September 27th, 2012Blogs → Emes Ve-Emunah
The Torah assures us that perfection of the world comes through perfection of self. On Rosh HaShana we daven for the world to become a better place. It's in our hands to make it so.
Posted on: September 27th, 2012Blogs → CIFWatch
The media has overlooked Muslim protesters' hypocrisy in protesting what they perceive as slander against them by slandering the Jews.
Posted on: September 27th, 2012Blogs → This Ongoing War
In the past hour, mortar fire erupted on Israel's northern border, causing explosions in what appear, for now, to be open fields. No injuries, but some property damage that's not yet detailed in the news here. It's reported that the fire is a kind of spillover from the barbarism unfolding over the past year inside Syria: the source is believed to be forces of the Syrian army "engaged" - as the journalists like to put it - with rebel forces near Syria's border with Israel.
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