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Jewish Community Contacts

21 Adar I 5768 – February 27, 2008
Over the past few weeks, I have been sharing contact information about various secular organizations in Poland.

The Justice/Security Connection

14 Adar I 5768 – February 20, 2008
If the ideas put forward at the recent Herzliya Conference are any indication, both the classic Right and religious Right are captive to the Oslo paradigm and the consciousness that produced it.

After Annapolis: Israeli Rights, Arab/Islamic Anti-Semitism And International Law (Part I)

The recent Annapolis "peace" conference - and President Bush's subsequent visit to the Middle East - shows that where Israel is concerned, there is still nothing new under the sun. Once again, fundamental Israeli rights were shamelessly subordinated to the presumed rights of all others, including even of openly Arab defiant terrorists now conveniently disguised as an "Authority." Once again, it seems, Israel had been called upon to offer land for nothing.

Polish Center For Holocaust Research (Conclusion)

In order to emphasize the magnitude of the Holocaust and genocide, Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology: Polish Academy of Sciences, Professor Henryk Domanski, created the Polish Center for Holocaust Research, on July 2 2003.

Understanding Gaza: Pain And Perfidy Under International Law

7 Adar I 5768 – February 13, 2008
It is easy to feel sorry for the Palestinians in Gaza. Televised and print images of their apparently unrelieved misery suggest Israeli cruelty in the creation of shortages and in the use of armed force. Exactly the opposite is true. The moment that flagrantly illegal Hamas rocket attacks upon Israeli noncombatants cease, no harms of any kind will be imposed by Israel.

Foundation Momentum Iudaicum Lodzense (Part Two)

The Foundation Momentum Iudaicum Lodzense was established on November 6 1995.

Well, Dear Candidates, Which Is It? A Tactical War On Terror, Or A Genuine...

30 Shevat 5768 – February 6, 2008
From a national survival standpoint, the candidate debates remain pretty much beside the point. Not a single presidential aspirant has answered (or even attempted to answer) a very important question: Are we Americans now involved in a merely tactical struggle against particular terror groups and individuals, or are we, instead, embroiled in something much larger? Should we now be focusing on assorted political, military and logistical issues (the effective position, more or less, of all candidates), or upon the much wider religious and cultural context from which our principal terror enemies are spawned?

Secular Organizations In Poland

I am often asked what Jewish life in Poland is really like.

Living Amid Absurdity: Israel As Tragic Hero (Conclusion)

23 Shevat 5768 – January 30, 2008
For Jews, free will must always be oriented toward life, to the blessing, not to the curse. Our binding charge is to strive in this obligatory direction of individual and collective self-preservation by using our intelligence and by exercising our essentially disciplined acts of will. In circumstances where such striving is consciously rejected, the outcome - however catastrophic - can never rise to the dignified level of tragedy.

Who Will Write Our History?: Emanuel Ringelblum, The Warsaw Ghetto, And The Oyneg Shabes...

Over the past 12 years that I have been writing this column I discussed the Ringelblum Archives numerous times.

Living Amid Absurdity: Israel As Tragic Hero (Part One)

16 Shevat 5768 – January 23, 2008
True life, it seems, can never be brought purposefully before the judgment seat of Reason. Much as we might wish it were otherwise, absurd narratives now best mirror the deteriorating situation of life on earth. Still living an elaborate pantomime of right and wrong, justice and punishment, we humans desperately want the unfolding world-drama to develop with both fairness and sensibility. Generally, we witness something quite different.

Chabad In Poland

It is often said that in places you would least expect, there is certain to be a Beit Chabad.

The More Things Change… On Fighting A Terrorist Enemy Who Still ‘Loves Death’

9 Shevat 5768 – January 16, 2008
Notwithstanding all of the alleged "progress" in combating Islamist terrorism, our leaders have yet to really understand the core Jihadist rallying cry. "We love death," the murderers shout ecstatically - and they always shout in chorus, for terrorism is a collective activity - but we seem to think this apparent necrophilia is merely perverse, that operationally it is beside the point. No judgment could be further from the truth. In fact, correctly interpreting this openly lurid affection is ultimately the key to fashioning a genuinely effective strategy of counter-terrorism.

Chanukah In Poland

Last week Rabbi Schudrich of Warsaw sent me more pictures from Poland showing the community celebrating Chanukah.

Annapolis And Annihilation: Avoiding A Requiem For Israel

2 Shevat 5768 – January 9, 2008
The more things change, the more they remain the same. For anyone who can still think clearly, the Annapolis "Peace Conference" in November was merely the latest hallucinatory rendition of a very troubled sleep. It's not that this carefully scripted assembly actually confirmed a catastrophic outcome for Israel. Rather, it underscored America's perilous and persistent preoccupation with a determinably wrongheaded foreign policy.

Enemies From Within

When things get bad, I must remember that thousands of people in Israel are doing wonderful mitzvot daily, and we cannot become discouraged.

Getting Results In Poland

During my trip to Poland last summer I discovered a few areas that needed attention.

After Annapolis: A Palestinian State And International Law (Conclusion)

25 Tevet 5768 – January 3, 2008
Since Netanyahu, whose own slick administration disingenuously strengthened the hand of Palestinian terrorists, most Israelis have insistently kept up a hollow refrain for Palestinian "autonomy." But the Palestinians know full well the difference between autonomy and sovereignty, and they will have nothing of the former.

The Chassidic Route In Poland

Every year more and more Jewish tourists go to Poland to visit the historic sites of pre-Shoah Jewish heritage.

After Annapolis: A Palestinian State And International Law (Part One)

18 Tevet 5768 – December 27, 2007
Now that the Annapolis "Peace Summit" has concluded, it is likely - that in time - a new terror state will be declared in the region. Strangely, Israel's Prime Minister Olmert is convinced that the creation of "Palestine" is essential to his country'ssurvival. Of course, this position might make a great deal of sense if the planned Palestinian state were to be led by Buddhist monks, but the intrinsic and endemic violence of both Fatah and Hamas make such a leadership rather implausible.

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