As Purim approaches, thousands of Israeli children and families grapple with poverty
Posted on: March 21st, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
Whenever I go to Poland I make a point of visiting the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.
Posted on: March 14th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
"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.
Posted on: March 14th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
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.
Posted on: March 7th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
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.
Posted on: March 7th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
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.
Posted on: February 28th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
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.
Posted on: February 28th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
Restoration And Future Plans Of The Yeshiva
Posted on: February 21st, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
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."
Posted on: February 21st, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
Last week's column, mostly pictures, on the rededication of Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin, could only partially describe the joyous event.
Posted on: February 14th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
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.
Posted on: February 14th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
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."
Posted on: February 7th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
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.
Posted on: January 31st, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
Question: Have you ever visited Israel?
Posted on: January 31st, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Jews and justice can never be uttered in the same breath. So it is too for the Jewish State, always the individual Jew in macrocosm. Whether it wishes to acknowledge the existential danger or not, Israel's only hope for survival now lies in a well-reasoned and coherent nuclear strategy for dealing with nuclearizing enemies.
Posted on: January 31st, 2007InDepth → Columns
I am upset. I am embarrassed. I am touched by the righteous anger of the average man. I am saddened by the lessons being learned by our children.
Posted on: January 31st, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
With the upcoming anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, I thought it would be appropriate to write about Yizkor Books.
Posted on: January 24th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Following the Iraq Study Group report, it seems clear that legally-binding non-proliferation expectations for Iran may soon be abandoned, and that Israel - once again - may be offered as a convenient sacrifice to civilization's irremediable enemies.
Posted on: January 24th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
I am often asked, "Where do you get all the information that you write about in your weekly column?"
Posted on: January 17th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
The city of Lodz had once been the second largest Jewish community in all of Poland.
Posted on: January 17th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
From the beginning, Israel's policy on its nuclear weapons and doctrine has been to keep the bomb quietly in the "basement." To be sure, this deliberate policy of nuclear ambiguity has done very little to deter "ordinary" conventional enemy aggressions or acts of terror. But it does seem to have been entirely adequate in keeping Israel's foes from mounting existential attacks.
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