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Jewish Agency In Poland

7 Iyyar 5767 – April 25, 2007
One of the most frequently asked questions about Jewish life in Poland is, "Are there still Jews there?"

Difficult Questions In Polish-Jewish Dialogue

24 Nisan 5767 – April 12, 2007
Whenever I meet people, and they find out I write about Jewish life in Poland, invariably they have questions.

‘The Horror…The Horror’: Facing Nuclear War In The Middle East (Conclusion)

'Faced with imminent and existential attacks, Israel − properly taking its cue from The National Security Strategy of the United States of America − could decide to preempt enemy aggression with conventional forces.

Sigmund Rolat And Wayne Zuckerman Honored At YU Museum

14 Nisan 5767 – April 2, 2007
The exhibit "And I Still See Their Faces," at the Yeshiva University Museum in the Jewish History Center in N.Y., was the site of a gala reception honoring two of Polish Jewry's greatest friends, Mr. Sigmund Rolat and Wayne Zuckerman.

‘The Horror… The Horror’: Facing Nuclear War In The Middle East (Part I)

"The horror, the horror," mumbles the Marlon Brando character in the film, Apocalypse Now. How thin, he reflects, is the veneer of our planetary civilization. How entirely inadequate, he understands, are the unsteady fences that protect us from humankind's most ruinous inclinations.

What A Surprise! Diplomatic Sanctions Won’t Work For Iran

9 Nisan 5767 – March 28, 2007
One would think, certainly by now, that foolish optimism about Iran should have been swept completely away. One would now assume, with altogether good reason, that Iran has absolutely no intention of abandoning its nuclear program, and that it does not display markedly genocidal stripes only for Islamic public consumption.

On Assassination, Preemption, And Counter-Terrorism: The View From International Law

2 Nisan 5767 – March 21, 2007
Good morning. Thank you, John (Loftus) and Bob [Dr. Robert Katz). The conference main theme is in essence: Our individual and collective survival amidst growing global chaos. With this in mind, the Irish poet Yeats reminds us: "The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned."

Jewish Historical Institute Photo Project

Whenever I go to Poland I make a point of visiting the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.

Ahmadinejad’s Calls For Genocide Are Crimes Against Humanity

24 Adar 5767 – March 14, 2007
"The more things change," goes the well-worn maxim, "the more they remain the same." Readers of The Jewish Press are already well acquainted with now incessant Iranian calls for the annihilation of Israel. What might not be so apparent, however, is that such calls to "wipe Israel off the map" constitute a serious crime under international law.

Swidin Jewish Cemetery Vandalized Again

Half of the 20 tombstones in the Jewish cemetery of Swidin were broken March 1, according to Albert Stankowski of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Warsaw. "This was done during the same time as the Claims Conference was visiting in Poland, and I have no doubt that the act against the cemetery was related," he said. Stankowksi was referring to a Claims Conference meeting last week with the government about compensation for Jewish property stolen by the Nazis and Communists.

Justice And Jewish Slavery: Daimler-Chrysler’s Final And Inevitable Collapse

17 Adar 5767 – March 7, 2007
On its face, it would surely be foolish to blame Daimler-Chrysler's extraordinary woes on the very dark history of Daimler-Benz. On its face, the combined company's deep decline is manifestly a function of bad economic judgments. After all, from the very start, the 1998 decision by Germany's Daimler-Benz to merge with Chrysler simply made no financial sense.

Irena Sendler

When people hear of those honored as Righteous Among The Nations by Yad Vashem, they automatically think of the most renowned, such as Oscar Schindler or Raul Wallenberg.

Olmert’s Unspoken Existential Imperative Taking Israel’s Bomb Out Of The ‘Basement’

10 Adar 5767 – February 28, 2007
Now that Israel is again being pressured to follow a self-destructive "Road Map," a 23rd Arab state called Palestine is again in the process of being born. One serious but largely unforeseen effect of this grotesque birth (one in which only a gravedigger could wield the forceps) is greatly diminished "strategic depth" for Israel. Consequently there is a heightened probability of both conventional and unconventional war.

After The State Of The Union Pain And Terror In Iraq

3 Adar 5767 – February 21, 2007
Following every suicide bombing in Iraq, one crucial point is always overlooked. This point is rooted in the confining space of each individual human body. It has to do with the general incommunicability of physical pain. No human language can ever really describe agony. In consequence, the monstrousness of terror-violence - never truly palpable - is generally reduced to an anesthetized inventory of "casualties."

Rededication Of Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin in Poland (Part II)

Last week's column, mostly pictures, on the rededication of Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin, could only partially describe the joyous event.

Rededication Of Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin In Poland (Part I)

26 Shevat 5767 – February 14, 2007
It has been said that Poland is a country of ghosts and for the past 68 years, since the invasion of Poland by the Germans in 1939, there has been little to celebrate.

The Suicide Bomber, Again

My daughter once worked on a kibbutz near Eilat, so the suicide bombing on January 29 in that normally tranquil Red Sea resort is especially sobering. This Palestinian "freedom fighter" struck a small bakery, killing three shoppers who had stopped by for bread and cakes. The two groups taking responsibility for the terror, Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, were ecstatic about the success of their "military operation."

The State Of The Union And The State Of The World

19 Shevat 5767 – February 7, 2007
As President Bush likely realized in his recent speech, the true state of our union is intimately intertwined with the state of our whole world. Our fate as Americans will depend upon our willing identification as citizens on an imperiled planet. Surely we now have the Iraq War to re-evaluate, but even so substantial and overwhelming a problem is just the tip of much larger iceberg. This "iceberg" is the always-universal nature of humankind.

Marine Park, Brooklyn

12 Shevat 5767 – January 31, 2007
Question: Have you ever visited Israel?

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