Chillul Tefila Bifarhesia, as well as halachicly challenged verbiage and dress, are external manifestations of a critical lack of personal yiras shomayim which has lethal consequences.
Posted on: April 7th, 2009InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Credo quia absurdum. "I believe because it is absurd." How, then, shall we Jews survive in such a distorted and meshugana world, both as individuals, and as the always-fragile Jewish State? In our collective form, shall we truly "Seek peace, and pursue it," when our enemies' brand of "sanity" lies relentlessly in genocide and war? Or should we just reluctantly resign ourselves to ceaseless conflict as the unavoidable expression of sanity in an undeniably insane world?
Posted on: April 1st, 2009InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Credo quia absurdum. "I believe because it is absurd." Here is a brief story to suitably "set our stage." During World War I, a Jew loses his way along the Austro-Hungarian frontier. Wandering through the woods late at night, he is abruptly stopped in his tracks by the screaming challenge of a nervous border-guard: "Halt, or I'll shoot." The Jew blinks uncomfortably into the beam of the searchlight and retorts with obvious annoyance: "What's the matter with you? Are you meshuga? Can't you see that this is a flesh-and-blood human being?"
Posted on: March 25th, 2009InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
In many ways, Iran is now the Islamic terrorist writ large, the individual murderer in macrocosm. Although military analysts are certainly correct in pointing out that Iran is the major sponsor of Hamas and related Islamic terrorist groups (e.g., Hezbollah), it is as a direct threat to Israel that its terrors are most ominous.
Posted on: March 18th, 2009InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Iran may be a state like no other. Founded upon the particular Islamic promise of conquering death - a promise bestowing ultimate power upon those who "submit" - it may ultimately do whatever it must to divert death in other directions. As an object for this existentially critical diversion, Israel, the Jewish State, is assuredly the perfect doctrinal choice.
Posted on: March 11th, 2009InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
In Washington, there has been little learned from lessons of the past.
Posted on: March 4th, 2009InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Israel has elected a new prime minister. From the start - and even before he begins to consider assorted specific issues for negotiation with other governments and organizations - he will have to determine whether any form of diplomacy is actually indicated. Although, on the surface, such advice may appear distinctly odd or foolish at best, there will be clear benefits to Israel of proceeding diplomatically only after first cultivating genuine understanding.
Posted on: February 25th, 2009InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
President Barack Obama has already placed the Middle East at the very top of his foreign policy agenda. There is nothing inherently wrong with this ordering; quite the contrary.
Posted on: February 18th, 2009InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
The multiple ironies are staggering. On December 15, 2008, just before mounting his indispensable and purposeful Gaza operation against Palestinian terrorism, Prime Minister Olmert had released 230 Palestinian terrorists. To be sure, these freed terrorists were supposedly Fatah, not Hamas, but Mr. Olmert's underlying strategic calculation was still unreasonable and wholly self-destructive.
Posted on: February 11th, 2009InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
The George W. Bush years are now behind us. But Barack Obama, while still waging an American war on terror, will almost certainly remain committed to a so-called "Two-State Solution" in the Middle East.
Posted on: February 4th, 2009InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
To be sure, it is time to call all things by their correct names. Just as Israel seeks to bring great beauty into the world, its sanguinary Islamist enemies thrive reciprocally upon violence and horror.
Posted on: January 28th, 2009InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
From the start, our "international community" has stood by disingenuously as Iran prepared its atomic engines.
Posted on: January 21st, 2009InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
In figuring out the core weaknesses of our troubled financial markets, there is far more than meets the eye. On the surface, Wall Street's seemingly interminable wild ride is the obvious outcome of purely economic factors. Yet, at a deeper level, the problem of market weakness and volatility is not really fiscal, but human.
Posted on: January 7th, 2009InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Our new president seemingly understands something of very great importance: The state of our union is intimately intertwined with the state of our world. Our fate as Americans will ultimately depend upon our willingness to identify more broadly and openly as citizens of the entire planet. Reciprocally, the fate of all others on earth will be impacted more or less by what happens next in American politics. But the final outcome of all such interdependence will be determined by what is ordinarily called "human nature."
Posted on: December 31st, 2008InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
For a Palestinian state to be born, only a gravedigger could wield the forceps. Yet in one form or another, a new state of "Palestine" will likely be carved out of the still-living body of Israel. Supported by both outgoing President Bush and President-elect Obama, this 23rd Arab state would quickly seek extension, in judicious increments, beyond the West Bank (Judea/Samaria) and into the "green line" boundaries of Israel proper. This is hardly a controversial expectation, as even the official Palestinian Authority (PA) map of "moderate" Fatah now shows all of Israel as part of Palestine.
Posted on: December 24th, 2008InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Regarding the Oslo accords and Israel's vulnerability to war, Israeli security has become increasingly dependent upon nuclear weapons and strategy.
Posted on: December 17th, 2008InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
The explicit application of codified restrictions of the laws of war to non-international armed conflicts dates back only as far as the four Geneva Conventions of 1949.
Posted on: December 10th, 2008InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Some military and diplomatic failures should come as no surprise. One of these is surely the so-called "Peace Process" in the Middle East.
Posted on: December 3rd, 2008InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Jewish Law is democratic in the sense that it belongs to all of the people, a principle reflected in the Talmudic position that each individual can approach G-d in prayer without priestly intercessions.
Posted on: November 26th, 2008InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
In the Jewish tradition, the principle of a Higher Law is not only well established; it is the very foundation of all legal order.
Posted on: November 19th, 2008InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
In recent months, Israel's Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, has issued several administrative expulsion orders.
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