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Summer Travel To Poland (Part I)

20 Sivan 5767 – June 6, 2007
As summer approaches, people are making vacation plans. More and more people are traveling to Poland, to the old shtetl, to see where their families lived for hundreds of years, before coming to America.

The Jewish Festival In Krakow

13 Sivan 5767 – May 30, 2007
This summer, from June 23 to July 1, the city of Krakow will play host to the 17th annual Jewish Cultural Festival, which as usual, is expected to be a resounding success.

After Olmert’s ‘Realignment’ Israel’s Approaching Sickness Unto Death

28 Iyyar 5767 – May 16, 2007
First published here almost one year ago, Professor Beres' column about Prime Minister Olmert's devastating policy errors was a warning unheeded. Written even before the 2006 Lebanon War fiasco, it takes on new and especially urgent meanings following the scathing report by Israel's Winograd Commission.

Cancer Requires Chemotherapy

Israel is celebrating 40 years since the reunification of our holiest city, Jerusalem, and the miraculous victory of the 1967 Six-Day War.

Jewish Polish Relations In France

While Polish-Jewish relations have grown more and more friendly in Poland, Israel and the U.S., Poland has also been reaching out to Jews around the world.

Religious Extremism And International Legal Norms Perfidy, Irrationality And Preemption (Conclusion)

21 Iyyar 5767 – May 9, 2007
Another term that appears in the title of my remarks is "irrationality." I have noted before − per Rene Girard − that violence need not necessarily be irrational.

I Am Afraid!

I recently read a background story about presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama online in the New York Times, and I seriously began to worry.

Efrat’s Etam Hill

Israel's politicians are pursuing a policy of "divide and conquer" vis-à-vis those of us who live in Judea and Samaria.

Groundbreaking For Museum Of Jewish History Of Polish Jews

It has been more than 10 years since its conception, but finally the long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for the Museum of Jewish History of Polish Jews has been set for June 26, 2007.

Religious Extremism And International Legal Norms Perfidy, Irrationality And Preemption (Second Of Three...

14 Iyyar 5767 – May 2, 2007
By itself, violence is not necessarily irrational. In the words of Rene Girard, whose book Violence And The Sacred should be the underlying text of all that we do here today, it sometimes "does have its reasons."

Heaven’s Gate: Wooden Synagogues of Poland

The synagogue buildings that survived are among the last remaining vestiges of Jewish life in Poland today.

Religious Extremism And International Legal Norms Perfidy, Irrationality And Preemption (First of Three Parts)

7 Iyyar 5767 – April 25, 2007
The French dramatist and diplomat, Jean Giraudoux, inquires in one of his plays (Sodome et Gomorrhe): "C'est beau, n'est-ce pas, la fin dumonde?" ("It is beautiful, isn't it, the end of the world?")

The Close Connection

Israel Independence Day is a very special celebration.

Jewish Agency In Poland

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."

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