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The Old Shtetl Szczuczyn

19 Iyyar 5766 – May 17, 2006
The first mention of Szczuczyn, located in northeastern Poland, was in 1466 when it was mentioned in documents as a village that belonged to private owners.

Terrorism As Human Sacrifice: The Religious Roots Of Arab/Islamic ‘Suicide’ Bombing

13 Iyyar 5766 – May 10, 2006
Although Arab/Islamic "suicide bombing" terrorism can prove to be quite useful in political, strategic and tactical terms, its true rationale always lies elsewhere.

Mishnitz, Myszyniec

Recently I received a letter with an inquiry about the town of Mishnitz.

Terrorism Without “Occupation”: Some Lessons From The Early Arab Pogroms

The Bash-Israel media and the Arab terrorist amen chorus have been repeating for so many years that Palestinian terrorism and barbarism are caused by Israeli "occupation" that few are still capable of examining that "theory" critically.

Tel Aviv Bombing’s ‘Merely Wounded’: The Flesh And Blood Harms Of Suicide Bombing Terrorism

5 Iyyar 5766 – May 3, 2006
The April 17 suicide bombing in Tel Aviv included the usual breakdown of casualties - the steadily rising number of dead and of those casually described as "merely wounded." But what, exactly, does it mean to be in the second category? Consider just a few of the carefully documented medical answers.

News From Poland

The conservative minority government of Poland's Law and Justice party has agreed to enter a coalition with two extreme-right parties.

Preventing Palestine: Can It Still Be Done? (Conclusion)

28 Nisan 5766 – April 26, 2006
Israel would be entirely correct that the Declaration of Principles (DOP) was intended to establish an "autonomy," not a state. Further (according to Ambassador Shoval), "Palestinian statehood is contingent on the Palestinians destroying their terrorist infrastructure, of which Hamas itself is an integral part." However, the Palestinians themselves will certainly understand something very helpful to their cause. That is: there are applicable norms supporting statehood that exist outside the narrow legal context of the specific Israeli-Palestinian agreements.

Remembering The Warsaw Ghetto

This week the Jewish world commemorated Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the anniversary of the fall of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Polish Chasidic Student Returns to Poland For Pesach

21 Nisan 5766 – April 19, 2006
Mati Pavlack, a rabbinic student studying at Yeshiva University, returned to Poland for Pesach to help the local population prepare and celebrate the holiday.

Israel And Its Enemies: Future Wars And Forceful Options (Conclusion)

14 Nisan 5766 – April 12, 2006
Israel's preemptive action could still be entirely law enforcing, even if Iran and the Arab enemies of Israel were not in a declared condition of belligerence with the Jewish state. The customary right of anticipatory self-defense has its modern origins in the Caroline incident, which concerned the unsuccessful rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada against British rule (a rebellion that aroused sympathy and support in the American border states). Following this case, the serious threat of armed attack has generally been taken to justify militarily defensive action.

The Old Shtetl Zakroczym

Jews had always been permitted to settle in Zakroczym without restriction.

Israel And Its Enemies: Future Wars And Forceful Options (Second Of Three Parts)

8 Nisan 5766 – April 5, 2006
At the conclusion of the recent [first] Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm), the [first] Bush administration announced plans to sell Saudi Arabia, a country of six million inhabitants, an arms package. Included were over 500 tanks, 48 F-15 fighter planes, Apache helicopter gun ships, more than 30 Patriot batteries, tens of thousands of armored vehicles, multiple rocket-launchers and command/control systems.

The Old Shtetl Kiernozia

No details are available on the origins of the village of Kiernozia.

Israel And Its Enemies: Future Wars And Forceful Options (First Of Three Parts)

29 Adar 5766 – March 29, 2006
As the continuing flow of new missiles to Iran reveals, the Bush administration (refers to first President Bush) remains committed to misconceived policies in the Middle East. Even if Israel were to yield West Bank and Gaza to create a new state of Palestine (with east Jerusalem as its capital), the government in Teheran would persist in planned aggression against the Jewish state. Altogether unconcerned with the fate of the Palestinians, this government will be satisfied only by Israel's disappearance.

Mazal Tov, Rabbi Mattisyahu Kos

Chag Hasmicha is a celebration honoring newly ordained rabbis.

The True Infrastructure Of Hamas

22 Adar 5766 – March 22, 2006
Since the latest Arab attacks on the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the fashionably operative counter terrorism strategy in Israel has focused on "smashing the infrastructure of Hamas." With this in mind, the United States will now send at least $100 million of equipment to Israel for advanced bomb detection devices, X-ray systems and robotics devices, as well as for advanced thermal and radar sensors.

The Old Shtetl Lipno

There is evidence of Jewish presence in Lipno as early as the 18th century.

First Iran, Then ‘Palestine’: Israel’s Dual Imperative To Prevent Nuclear War

15 Adar 5766 – March 15, 2006
For the moment, fears of a nuclear war in the Middle East remain focused narrowly and correctly on Iran. In the coming months, before that country is able to deploy a fully operational nuclear capability, Israel will have to preemptively destroy essential parts of the Iranian nuclear infrastructure.

Vishkov

There is no definitive information on when Jews first came to Vishkov, but at the turn of the 20th century, the cemetery was the final resting place of at least four generations.

What If It Should Really Happen? How Nuclear War Could Begin In A Very...

8 Adar 5766 – March 8, 2006
It is exceedingly unlikely, but not entirely inconceivable, that Israel would ever decide to preempt enemy state aggression with a nuclear defensive strike. While circumstances could surely arise where such a defensive strike would be completely rational, it is enormously improbable that Israel would ever permit itself to reach such dire circumstances. To wit, and following Project Daniel, Israel will assuredly not allow Iran to proceed to the stage of an assembled nuclear weapons capacity.

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