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Yitzhak Rabin (L.) and Yigal Alon in 1949

When I Murdered Rabin

19 Elul 5772 – September 5, 2012
Between conversations and nibbling, one of my neighbors bent over and whispered, smiling, “At least in this shul we know no one is going to recited Tehillim for his speedy recovery.” My immediate, totally uncalculated reaction was to open a siddur (prayer book) and begin to recite Tehillim. I couldn’t behave otherwise. That‘s my nature – if someone will tell me NOT to jump off a bridge, I’m already up on the railing, hat in hand.

The Heroes of T’shuva

The true champions of life are not the basketball players, not the Hollywood stars, not even the Prime Ministers and Presidents. The real heroes are the masters of t’shuva.

Democratic Platform Tilts Against Israel: Side by Side Comparison to 2008, 2004

My pro-Obama friends tell me that nothing’s changed, that this administration is as pro-Israel as any previous one, Democratic or Republican, and I needn’t fear that a reelected President Obama will punish Israel. With all due respect, they are full of it.

Why I Believe…

Some might call this Emunah Peshuta – simple belief. Perhaps. But it is not blind belief. I am not a blind believer. However, I can understand why someone would call my belief in the truth of Judaism blind.

Facebook Stock Drop: Divine Blessing for Marc Zuckerberg

G-d blessed Facebook’s CEO with this poignant lesson. Right as we approach the Day of Judgment, followed by times of Repentance, and the final celebration of Atonement, He blesses all of Israel with this lesson as well.

Why didn’t they leave the platform alone?

The interesting question is “why did they change it?” A platform is not a binding document; it is intended as a general statement of a party or candidate’s positions. Its planks are generally written to appeal the broadest possible constituencies. Most voters never read platforms or care about them. Is the change is intended to send a message to the leadership of the Muslim nations that Obama has been courting since his 2009 speech in Cairo that he is taking concrete steps to weaken the bond between the U.S. and Israel?

Where’s the Shame? U.S. Tax Dollars Funding Palestinian Fiscal Incompetence & Terror

18 Elul 5772 – September 4, 2012
In tough economic times, you make tough economic decisions. Unless you're the Palestinian Authority. Palestinians receive the highest levels of aid per capita, use it to fund terrorists in prison and at the same time rack up high debts, such as their NIS 700 million debt to the Israel Electric Company. The bulk of the aid comes from the U.S. and Europe.
The Trappist Monastery in Latrun.

Monastery Door Set on Fire and Jesus Called ‘Monkey’ – But Are You Sure...

Police said they suspect this is a response to the evacuation of Migron on Sunday. I have my doubts.

Arab Poisoning of Ra’anana Family: Even the Burglars have Murder on their Mind

From far away, it may seem surprising that Israelis still continue to seek normal relations with the Arabs with whom we share so many aspects of life. Anyone in doubt about this needs simply to walk into any Israeli hospital.

The World’s Greatest Joy

Even people who have tasted all of life’s secular pleasures insist that the experience of t’shuva is the world’s greatest joy.

The Proper Performance of Bris Milah

When it comes to Metzitza B’Peh, we are not discussing a Biblical Commandment, nor are we referring to a Rabbinical enactment from the Gemarah's time. We are referring to a hallowed Minhag from days of yore to use the mouth only.
USS Iwo Jima in the Persian Gulf

As America Throws Israel Under the Bus…

In "liberal-speak", pundits say that countries don't have allies, they have interests. That's incorrect; political leaders have interests...countries still have allies.

Branding Sold America on Obama like a Can of Soda

16 Elul 5772 – September 3, 2012
Obama did not have an aspirational candidacy, he had an aspirational brand. A brand that people wanted to be a part of, because it made them feel good about themselves.

1500-Year-Old Jewish Town Discovered

After more than 100 years of archeological research in Israel, I'm always surprised there's still so much more to discover.  Sadly, today most such...

Metzitza B’Peh: Infant Russian Roulette

I would be opposed to the government legislating against doing MbP. That it is considered so vital by so large a segment of Jewry combined by the low probability of a child ever contracting herpes moves me to oppose it. In this case I do feel that banning the procedure would be an unconstitutional impediment to freedom of religion. But that is not the law being proposed.

Do we ‘have Israel’s back’?

In March, President Obama said "when the chips are down, I have Israel’s back," but U.S. actions since have shown otherwise.

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.

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