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The Liberty Index

13 Nisan 5777 – April 9, 2017
Israel’s lawmakers built a biometric database that no other free country dares propose to its citizens. It is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist and will become a severe security problem when hacked

Why Civilizations Die

12 Nisan 5777 – April 7, 2017
Judaism survives due to Divine Providence and the foresight of Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai who resisted cognitive breakdown, created solutions for tomorrow's problems, who did not seek refuge in the irrational, and who quietly built the Jewish future.

A Different Pesach

I'm still not sure which kid we'll be going to when, but instead of unpacking dishes, we're packing a suitcase.

Stories Of Pesach

No, I will not go home until this house is repaired and made fit for people to live in. Are these people any worse than me?

Spelng: Wat’s the Poynt?

Some people object to the practice of invented spelling, arguing that it produces bad habits that can be carried over into adulthood.

‘All Who Are Hungry Come And Eat’

We still have an inner voice that silently screams, It's just not fair!

Daf Yomi

An Implacable Foe ‘Therefore Those Who Speak In Parables Say…’ (Bava Basra 78b)

Lost Songs Of Survivors

After seventy years of silence, for the first time, we are actually hearing songs sung by those subjected to unspeakable cruelty.

Dear Dr. Yael

Their constant favoring of our family only breeds jealousy and hostility.

A Simple Task, A Menial Task? A Mitzvah

Oh, to live a life of study and prayer…Oh, how un-Jewish. Parshat Tzav opens with a discussion of 2 mitzvot that, instruct the kohanim to, basically, “take out the trash.”

Blaming ‘Outsiders’ For Our Problems Only Makes Things Worse

Available data indicates more individuals than ever are opting out of religious observance. It’s not that they don’t want to belong – they want to belong to something that has more meaning for them

Know Thine Enemy

In an era when Israel has become the new symbol of Jews and Judaism, Israel bashing has replaced Jew bashing. Instead of burning the Torah and other Jewish texts, Israeli flags are now put to the torch

Rebranding The Palestinians

Whoever is running PR for the Palestinians really understands branding. How else to explain why the word “occupation” applies to them exclusively? In the end, branding won’t get them anywhere.

Chametz Credit Card

If the chametz has already been legally nullified and physically burned, so that it is neither owned nor possessed by a Jew, why is it necessary to sell it to a non‑Jew?

Talk The Talk Vs. Walk The Walk

The mitzvah is called sippur yetzias Mitzrayim – telling the story of how Hashem took us out of Egypt. Why is there an emphasis on the telling?

Chametz Order

Mr. Leiner checked the calendar, and saw that April 13 came out on Chol HaMoed. I was considering taking off that day, Mr. Leiner told his boss.

Q & A: Selling One’s Chametz

Question: Why do we sell our chametz. Wouldn’t it be simpler to just dispose of it? Why go through this charade every year? Malka Berg

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