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Migron Headache

16 Elul 5772 – September 2, 2012
How can it be that in this clear time of Redemption, when millions of Jews have returned to the Land of Israel from the four corners of the world, in the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy that crises and setbacks like the evacuation of Migron still occur?
Mount Tabor

Postcard from Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor, standing 575 meters above sea level at the eastern end of the Jezreel Valley, is the site of the battle fought by Deborah and Barak against the Canaanite king Sisera, according to the Bible. Now it is the site of two monestaries, with three Bedouin villages nestled at its base.
A yeshiva elementary school classroom in Jerusalem.

Keeping the Faith

An increasing number of Orthodox Jews are questioning their faith and educators don't know how to respond.

What No Parent Wants to Watch

I clicked on the link and came to a YouTube video called "Dignified Transfer." I watched every second of it. Tears began to fall just as the plane came into view the first time.

Rachel Corrie and Evergreen State

Evergreen State College, where Rachel Corrie attended college, is a paradigm of the progressive cause-based model of education and has produced a high number of the anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement's activists.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem in late July.

Why Is Romney So Feverish on Israel When Most Jews Will Vote Obama?

13 Elul 5772 – August 31, 2012
It appears that Romney is not playing for the Jews. He has much more serious worries.

Flying Back to the US? Better Ask your Accountant First, You Could Get Arrested

U.S. taxpayers traveling to the United States with unpaid U.S. tax assessments can be detained at the border, questioned, and flagged for follow-up enforcement. If a taxpayer has an unpaid tax liability and is subject to a resulting Notice of Federal Tax Lien, the IRS may submit identifying taxpayer information to the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS), a database maintained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The Winds of Mysticism

The mysticism of Sephardim and Chasidus seems to be making in-roads. Especially with mainstream rabbinic figures supporting it. I sure hope this is only a passing fad.
Obama at the Presidential Health Forum in Las Vegas, 2007

Party of Trolls: How Race Dominates U.S. Politics

Poverty is complicated. So are jobs and wars. Race however is simple. There are bad people and there are good people. The oppressed and the oppressors. And that paradigm, that one talking point that they store up and unleash at every occasion is the sum total of their contribution to every debate under the sun.

Saturday Night Fever

There is an old aphorism which claims that two things in life are certain: death and taxes. To this, Rabbi Kook would add a third certainty — t’shuva.
A large banner depicting UN secretary General Ban Ki Moon hangs outside the UNRWA school in Gaza, welcoming the secretary general on February 02, 2012.

U.N. Head Rejects Calls for Israel’s Annihilation

13 Elul 5772 – August 30, 2012
Honestly, that message could have been delivered from New York.
Orthodox Jewish women enjoy shopping at a clothing fair for women only, held at the International Conference Center in jerusalem. March 27, 2012.

One Judaism, Two Perspectives on Dressing Modesty

Modern Orthodox and Chassidic cultural norms may differ, but members of both communities have a respect for Halachah and desire to serve God.

T’shuva Brings Healing to the World

When a man understands that his personal t’shuva advances the redemption process of the world, his motivation to mend his own life is enhanced.
Rabbi Avi Weiss (during a distinctly non-YCT event)

Can a ‘Lefty’ Rabbi Save Yeshivat Chovevei Torah?

12 Elul 5772 – August 29, 2012
Rabbi Asher Lopatin, who will succeed Rabbi Avi Weiss as head of YCT, is most definitely on the left side of the Orthodox spectrum. Nevertheless he can keep YCT from sliding too far to the left and cross the line of Orthodoxy. YCT founder Rabbi Avi Weiss candidly admitted that he has parted ways with his Rebbe on the approach to these issues. And he has incorporated it into the philosophy of his Yeshiva.
So how did Rachel Corrie die? These two pictures distributed by the anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement seem to indicate the bulldozer driver saw her and rammed her. But the pictures were taken approximately an our apart. What really happened? For more information on the manipulation of these pictures see http://cifwatch.com/2012/08/28/international-solidarity-movements-fauxtographic-record-of-rachel-corries-death/.

So How Exactly did Rachel Corrie Die?

So what actually happened the day Rachel Corrie died? Here's what the judge said.
Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of Rachel Corrie, at an "end the occupation" rally at the U.S. Capitol, June 10, 2007.

A Letter to the Corries: Your Daughter was Exploited, Don’t Blame Israel

You have chosen to honor your daughter's memory by taking her side. That's understandable, but it doesn’t validate the ideology that got her killed in order to further its goals of still more death and destruction.

T’Shuva and Finding Happiness

Rabbi Kook teaches that t’shuva encompasses man’s physical being, his moral life, religious life, and his highest, most ideal intellectual endeavor. T’shuva is man’s...
Photo: Palestinian Authority banner showing the faces of Yassir Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas.

Confronting the Unpleasant Truth about Two States

Survival of a Jewish state requires both geographical and demographic domination of the area between the river and the sea
Screenshot of Obama's Weekly You Tube Address

Everything is Fake Now: The Virtual Reality of Politics

When all the bubbles of rhetoric pop, there are still the hard unpleasant realities to deal with.
Photo: Egyptian Tank in the streets of Cairo, February 2011 in the aftermath of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.

About that major Egyptian armed offensive against Sinai terrorists: it’s been called off

10 Elul 5772 – August 28, 2012
According to the Egyptian newspaper, Al-Masry Al-Youm, due to negotiations between Egypt and jihadists groups, "Operation Eagle" has been halted, at least temporarily.

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