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Creation: One And Done Or Sustained Endeavor?

If God had opted not to constantly re-create but to have His creation continue on its own by virtue of the original energy He invested in it, it wouldn't be a dwelling in the full sense of the word. God prefers to remain constantly involved within His world through re-creation.

On The Bookshelf

Omitting imaginary books like How Jewish Unity Became a Reality During the 21st Century, I think I’d really like to read the definitive epic saga of the teshuvah movement of the second half of the twentieth century.

The Iran Nuclear Deal: To Certify Or Not To Certify

So even if there is no certification, the U.S. doesn’t automatically opt out of JCPOA, as The New York Times erroneously editorialized last week.

Rachel’s Story

After that traumatic summer, we sent her back to school. But it was a nerve-wracking time. We lived in trauma and fear.

Menachem Av

Hashem wants us to realize that we are not in control of Har Habayis, and this should disturb us.

Teaching Responsibility To Our Children

The students were eventually expelled from the school that they were attending, but the reactions of the parents were quite divergent.

Israel Hosts Coalition Of U.S. Celebrities

JERUSALEM – A 21-member delegation of Hollywood actors and New York media executives known as the Creative Coalition received a crash course in Israeli and Palestinian arts, politics, business and culture during a weeklong excursion in Israel and Palestinian-controlled areas.

The Borrower Who Has To Repay A Loan Twice Even Though He Only Borrowed...

There was no basis for him to assume that the two plaintiffs trusted each other and that one of them would not claim the repayment of a loan he never lent.

Old and New: Podwal’s Altneuschul Paroches

Mark Podwal is a busy, busy man. When I wrote that in these pages in September 2010 it is now clear I didn’t know the half of it…witness his current exhibition at Yeshiva University Museum.

Jewish Education In America Circa 1870

During the nineteenth century a large number of American Jews abandoned traditional religious observance. This led to the United States being dubbed “di treifene medina” (the irreligious land).

Heroes Of The Holocaust

After seeing the film, I purchased the book, eager to learn more of their incredible rescue mission.

Dear Dr. Yael

I am now engaged to a loving, wonderful woman who is really not my imago.

Normalizing Anti-Semitism In Student Governments

Progressive students, in their own moral self-righteousness, have decided that the Palestinian statehood is a sacred cause. To even support Israel is to risk being deemed a racist, an imperialist, a tacit supporter of apartheid.

Cheshbon Nefesh On The Plight Of Agunot

International Agunah Day is a sort of “rosh hashana la’agunot.” As a Jewish 'New Year' we should perform a “cheshbon nefesh” – an accounting of the soul. What have we done right; where have we erred?

Spring Training Is Finally Here!

It hit me like a baseball bat on my head. I had been sitting next to Red Smith, the legendary sports columnist who knew Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and other baseball greats.

Netanyahu And Trump: A Dangerous Combination

By not allowing Trump to move the embassy, Netanyahu let the Oslo genie back out of the bottle and he will not be able to control it….

The Myth Of Jerusalem’s Holiness To Muslims

Jerusalem meant so little to the Ottomans that, during World War I, they let it fall into British hands without a fight and even contemplated entirely destroying the city before pulling out.

80 Hours On The Ground: Parshat Chayei Sarah In Chevron

This past week was Parshat Chayei Sarah and I had the good fortune of being in Chevron for Shabbat. I was in Israel for only three days (approximately 80 hours) and was asked many times, “You’ve come to Israel for such a short stay?” Let me explain.

Esau’s Other Face

Rav Kook believed that just as in the Torah, Jacob and Esau and Isaac and Ishmael were eventually reconciled, so will Judaism, Christianity, and Islam be in future. They would not cease to be different, but they would learn to respect one another.

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