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November Bout in NJ: ‘True Arab’ Pascrell Vs. ‘America’s Rabbi’ Boteach

16 Sivan 5772 – June 6, 2012
Bill Pascrell, the "Arab" candidate, won the Democratic primary for NJ's 9th district. In the other corner, meet "America's Rabbi," Shmuely Boteach, the Republican candidate.

A Jewish Hero Grows Up in Brooklyn

15 Sivan 5772 – June 5, 2012
“The non-observant Jew knows. Deep in his heart he knows. He knows that the path [he treads] is a false one, that the Judaism he professes is a mockery.... His moment of truth lies within him. His is the power to call it into being. Let him but dig deeply into his Jewish resources and draw from them the traditional Jewish qualities of courage, determination and sacrifice."

The Fat Nanny State

The obesity epidemic is a convoluted way of saying that the problem with government health care is the people. But that's not the problem. Obesity may not be healthy, but if we ban sodas and force everyone to exercise in the yard before work, the numbers still won't balance. Because the real problem with government health care is government.

Arabs Attacking Jews in NJ Primary

With the race between two fellow Dems getting to the finish line, many fear that it has given rise to the first bona fide Jewish versus Arab competition, and an ugly one at that. The battle "has transformed into a troubling ethnic brawl."

No Country for Old Incumbents

14 Sivan 5772 – June 4, 2012
A storm is not a good time to be at the wheel of a ship and a worldwide economic disaster is not a good time to be at the wheel of the ship of state. Hard times are supposed to bring great men to the fore, but instead we have some of the sorriest men in history trying to find the wheel, sleeping off a bender in their cabins or debating whether a wheel even exists.

Is CUNY Planning a Jewish Quota?

CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein has stepped into a gigantic mound of odoriferous matter, and it isn't clear if and how he's getting out of it, and, worse, what will the cleaning bill be. What's worse, it's possible he didn't even intend all the mean things people are saying about him. Maybe all he wanted was to help…

Beyond Words – Rabbi Meir Kahane at His Very Best

14 Sivan 5772 – June 3, 2012
Why be a Jew!!! It is an agonizing cry from the souls of tens of thousands of young Jews who assimilate, integrate and disappear into the outer space beyond Judaism. It is THE cry, THE question. It is asked by young men and women who have seen the emptiness and the vapidness of the Judaism they grew up with.

Letter to a Reform Jew

11 Sivan 5772 – June 1, 2012
The fact that a Reform Jew wishes to adopt a counterfeit form of “Judaism” is his affair. But the religious Jew is not bound by that. The State of Israel does not have to recognize on an official level the falsehood that every Jew may adopt on a private level.

The Patriotism of Palestinianism

10 Sivan 5772 – May 31, 2012
Diplomats have developed a bad habit of insisting on a dysfunctional status quo tilted toward the Muslim side, until the messiah of final status finally comes. There can be no Jewish housing in Jerusalem, because it's a final status issue, we can't count the refugees because it's a final status issue, and we can't question the final status, because that too is a final status issue.

Poles Unhappy with Obama’s Retraction, as Entire Polish Economy Is at Stake

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk demanded a more "explicit reaction" to Obama's "Polish death camp" comment. Poland fears being sued for billions of dollars worth of property appropriated from Jews.

Israel Recognizes Reform, Conservative Rabbis – Bloggers Start Your Engines!

10 Sivan 5772 – May 30, 2012
First, the key points, as listed by Australian blogger Gary Dunn: Israel to Pay Wages of Reform, Conservative Rabbis Although the court ruled in 2009...

At Last, Shimon Peres Gets his US Citizenship

Of course, it's just a typo, but, you know, come to think of it, wouldn't many of us have preferred it if Shimon were to do what he does on the other side of the pond?

You Can be a Giant!

When a Jew makes Aliyah to Eretz Yisrael, the letters of his soul shift into high gear and multiply in size. All of his being gets bigger. He grows closer to God. Compared to the person he was in Galut, he becomes larger than life. He transforms into a giant, filled with greater valor, greater holiness, greater happiness and wisdom.

The Biggest and Holiest Adventure in the World

8 Sivan 5772 – May 28, 2012
Those of you who can come, and there are millions out there, we are waiting to welcome you. And those of you who would like to come, but just can’t seem to put the right pieces together, then you can get involved, in every way that you are able, by encouraging others to come, by coming on frequent visits, by donating money, and by volunteering your time at organizations that have Israel at the top of their programs and agenda.

God is the Biggest Zionist of Them All

3 Sivan 5772 – May 24, 2012
Yes, the Ribono Shel Olam, the Master of the World is a Zionist. So was Avraham Avinu, Moshe Rabeinu, Yehoshua, King David, Rabbi Akiva, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the Macabbees, all the Prophets of Israel, including Ezra and Nechemia who led a seemingly motley crowd of sinners back to the Land of Israel from Babylon to rebuild the Holy Temple.

‘Media Be Dead’ and Other Mild Observations

MEDIA BE DEAD Almost 200 years ago, French painter Paul Delaroche declared, allegedly, "From today painting is dead," after he had learned about Daguerre's discovery...

‘First Jewish Leader of the Labour Party’ Enjoys Yiddish, Chicken Soup, But No Marxism

"I am not religious. But I am Jewish. My relationship with my Jewishness is complex. But whose isn’t?" writes the leader of the Labour Party and of the opposition in parliament, Ed Miliband, in the New Statesman.

“Why Should I Live in Israel? America Has Everything I Need”

2 Sivan 5772 – May 23, 2012
One of the questions a person is asked when he reaches his Heavenly rest is, "Did you yearn for Salvation?" If a Jew does not long for the Redemption, for Salvation from the exile, then something is wrong. If he is happy in the Diaspora, then his Judaism is out of focus, and he is out of touch with his soul's deepest yearnings. As The Kuzari poignantly declares, his prayers for Jerusalem and Zion are like the chatterings of a nightingale, melodious but empty of meaning.

Intimidation, Rebbes, Sages, Muslims, and the Proto-Apocalypse

My top pick for today is The Lid's fascinating entry titled: Convicted Terrorist Tries To Intimidate Blogger Stacy McCain Away From The Truth It's got everything,...

Reporters, Dog, Irate as PA Won’t Share Supermodel

Why, you might ask, does a supermodel require representation by PA security officials? This, as Fido might say, is where the best bones are buried. An irate Palestinian Journalists Syndicate condemned the Palestinian Authority's "heavy-handed treatment of reporters on Tuesday covering a supermodel's visit to Bethlehem."

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