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Rosh Hashanah: A National, Not Personal, Holiday

5 Tishri 5773 – September 21, 2012
We are used to assuming that Rosh Hashanah is a holiday of repentance and atonement, a holiday of judgment, and the holiday when our fate for the coming year is determined. The Selichot prayers before and after Rosh Hashanah add to the sense of personal days of judgment, an obvious truth.

What If Israel’s ‘Peace Partners’ Actually Prefer War?

At this point in Israel’s problematic diplomatic agenda, there is really only one overriding policy question: Can any form of negotiation with the Palestinians,...

Five Reasons Jews Shouldn’t Vote For Obama

5 Tishri 5773 – September 20, 2012
In six weeks, Americans will be going to the polls in what could prove to be one of the most fateful elections in decades.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

Behind the Palestinian Protests: A Renewed Fatah Bid to Remove PM Fayyad

It is no secret that Fatah has long been trying to get rid of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad who, its representatives argue, had been imposed on the Palestinians by the Americans and Europeans.

What is More Virtuous: Paying Taxes or Giving Charity?

3 Tishri 5773 – September 19, 2012
Being forced to pay taxes does not make us more virtuous people. If it did, our founding fathers would have thanked George III for his coercion.

Markets, Politics, And The True Legacy Of Adam Smith

27 Elul 5772 – September 13, 2012
We wonder about the endlessly volatile markets and also (not often enough) about plainly unequal distributions of national wealth, but are the nation’s official policy responses based on correct views of classical economic theory? In particular, what about Adam Smith and his oft-quoted arguments for “free market capitalism”? More than any other classical theorist, Smith has been embraced by conservatives.

Israel Won’t Attack

Somehow, the common question in Israel today is whether the prime minister has the right to decide to attack Iran. “He has the chutzpah to think that he can decide,” former Supreme Court justice Eliyahu Winograd more or less pontificated, capturing all of the major news outlets’ headlines.

A Judge We Can Depend On

26 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
As we prepare for Rosh Hashanah, the ten days of repentance, and the awesome day of Yom Kippur when our judgment is sealed for the coming year, it’s so important for me to tell my readers how much I love the Ribbono Shel Olam, the Master of the Universe.

The Democratic Party And Jerusalem: Another Amendment Required

Once again we see that no matter what happens, Yerushalayim keeps popping up in the center of world events. Just last week, the Democratic Party was innocently preparing the re-election bid of the incumbent leader of the free world, when it abruptly found itself having to deal with a major brouhaha concerning its omission of Jerusalem from its platform – and an even larger commotion when it put it back in.

Syrian Refugee Girls Forced into ‘Pleasure Marriages’

Syrian female refugees aged 14 and 15 who fled their country to Jordan and Iraq are being forced into "pleasure marriages" [Nikah al-Mut'ah] -- a pre-Islamic custom allowing men to marry for a limited period, which can last as little as 30 minutes. More disturbing is that Muslim scholars and preachers have given the green light to their followers to exploit the plight of the poor and helpless Syrian girls.
Candidate Shmuely Boteach touring Israel in 2011

Haim Saban’s NY Times Op-Ed Sanitizes Obama’s Record on Israel

24 Elul 5772 – September 11, 2012
Haim Saban, a proud Jew, staunch supporter of Israel, and noted philanthropist, nevertheless parses President Obama’s record on Israel in The New York Times to deliver a sanitized rendition of a President whose relationship with the Jewish state is unreliable at best and troubling at worst, writes Congressional candidate Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

Jerusalem, Washington, And The Iranian Question

The Jewish people have had bitter experience in recent decades with enemies who repeatedly vow to destroy them. Despite this, here are some of the arguments being presented as to why Israel should not attack Iran:

A Democratic Chorus of ‘No’ Rejects Mention of Jerusalem in Platform

The shocking video of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa trying to push through Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in the Democratic platform highlights the strong reservations that many American Jews are feeling toward the Democratic party.

Identity, Meaning And Liberty

19 Elul 5772 – September 5, 2012
If it wants to survive and thrive, Israel must base itself upon three key concepts: identity, meaning, and liberty.

Will Romney or Obama Save Israel from Iran?

16 Elul 5772 – September 3, 2012
While many American presidents give off a warm gooey "Shalom Chaver" feelings, this leads Israel to accept their practical actions which hurt the Jewish state. At least Obama's anti-Israel agenda is transparent. If he should win a second term that could be a good thing in the long run.

Germany’s Circumcision Police

15 Elul 5772 – September 2, 2012
Does the German government really want to get into a public battle over whether they are better guardians of the health and welfare of Jewish (and Muslim) children than their parents?
Palestinian Authority employees wait in front of an ATM machine in Gaza city to receive parts of their salaries on March 15, 2009.

Gaza’s Millionaires Funding the Hamas Regime through Underground Smuggling

13 Elul 5772 – August 30, 2012
The world often thinks of the Gaza Strip, home to 1.4 million Palestinians, as one of the poorest places on earth, where people live in misery and squalor. But an investigative report shows that it is home to at least 600 millionaires, who have made their wealth thanks to the hundreds of underground tunnels between Gaza and Egypt.

Today’s Israeli: A Charming New Breed

12 Elul 5772 – August 29, 2012
In Israel today there is a new generation whose members may not be outwardly observant but who are intrinsically religious and have the utmost respect for the Torah and its scholars.

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