As Purim approaches, thousands of Israeli children and families grapple with poverty
Posted on: September 13th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
The unchanging struggle to evict the Jews from "all of Palestine" (that is, from Israel as well as Judea/Samaria/Gaza) is driven by the homicidal idea of jihad or holy war. According to Islamic orthodoxy, their "prophet" is said to have predicted a final war to annihilate the Jews.
Posted on: September 13th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
For the last two weeks I have written about cemetery restoration in Poland. This week I present a report from the Foundation for the Preservation of the Jewish Heritage in Poland, which has done tremendous work in the field. The first half of 2006 has been a busy time for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Jewish Heritage in Poland. The Foundation has cleared up ten Jewish cemeteries and fenced four of them, erected monuments or memorial plaques commemorating pre-war Jewish communities in five towns and is currently restoring four synagogues.
Posted on: September 6th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
The poet Auden understood many things. He understood truly important things as only the poets can. He understood that humankind can always be found in pretty much the same imperiled condition.
Posted on: September 6th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
I recently interviewed a Holocaust survivor who was present as the Russian army entered the town of Czetachowa.
Posted on: August 30th, 2006InDepth → Letters To The Editor
New Leadership Needed If one were previously inclined to believe that Israel’s leadership would finally muster the will to fight the Islamofascists chomping at its borders, the recent war with Hizbullah/Iran should dispel us of this illusion (Steven Plaut, “The War Israel Chose To Lose,” op-ed, Aug. 25). Instead of arming the IDF with […]
Posted on: August 30th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Technically, the Lebanon war against Hizbullah is over. In fact, however, Israel remains starkly vulnerable to further rocket attacks, and - even more ominously - to a still-nuclearizing Iran. Making matters worse, Prime Minister Olmert has yet to openly change course from his indisputably catastrophic plan for "realignment" and "convergence."
Posted on: August 23rd, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
In an ancient myth, the Greek gods condemn Sisyphus to roll a great rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone will inevitably fall back of its own weight. By imposing this terrible judgment the gods had prescribed the dreadful punishment of interminable labor. But they also revealed something vastly more difficult to understand, namely, that even such useless labor need not be altogether futile. Such labor, they knew, could also be heroic.
Posted on: August 23rd, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
Last week's conference on Jewish genealogy in New York featured many sessions dealing with the issues of tracing Jewish lineage.
Posted on: August 23rd, 2006InDepth → Columns
Six days after the "Three Weeks War," our goal is to carry on, with all the more determination, the mission to bring about a great awakening among the Jewish people.
Posted on: August 16th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
With mounting evidence that Hizbullah-fired rockets can cause Israel considerable damage, one point should stand out glaringly above all others: Under no circumstances should Iran be allowed to reach the stage at which it could launch nuclear weapons.
Posted on: August 16th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
While most of Europe is critical of Israel's war against Hizbullah, the country that most Jews think of being the most anti-Semitic is hosting a group of Israeli youth from northern Israel to ease their trauma.
Posted on: August 9th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Humanitarian international law continues to correctly require that every use of force by an army or insurgent force meet the test of "proportionality." Going back to the basic legal principle that "the means that can be used to injure an enemy are not unlimited," proportionality stipulates (among other things) that every exercise of armed force be limited to the minimum application needed for operational success. More specifically, this ancient principle of customary international law applies to all judgments of military advantage and to all planned reprisals.
Posted on: August 9th, 2006InDepth → Columns
Thank G-d Netanyahu is not the prime minister. We live in a strange environment, where the Left can make war and the Right can make peace.
Posted on: August 9th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
Last week I wrote about Rabbi Avraham Reich, a decendent of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Rymanow.
Posted on: August 2nd, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
International law is not a suicide pact. Israel's distinctly measured use of force against terrorist bases in Lebanon is entirely consistent with international law. Although some would mistakenly contend that Israel's essential actions express "aggression," the incontestable right of individual self-defense is plainly codified in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. Indeed, by persistently allowing its territory to be used as a base of terrorist operations against Israel, it is Lebanon that is in flagrant violation of the charter.
Posted on: August 2nd, 2006InDepth → Columns
I am not sure if many readers understand the severity of a young soldier's life during periods of conflict.
Posted on: August 2nd, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
While the Ukraine was the birth place of the Chassidic movement, Poland and especially the Galicia area soon became the hub for most Chassidic activity after only two generations.
Posted on: July 26th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Every Jew is familiar with Deuteronomy 30:19: "I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore, choose life, that you and your descendants may live." This Torah obligation is binding not only upon individuals, but also upon states - especially the always imperiled State of Israel.
Posted on: July 26th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
The town of Gostynin is located 14 miles southwest of the city of Plock and approximately 60 miles northwest of Warsaw.
Posted on: July 19th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
For the president of Iran, threats to annihilate Israel are now a daily ritual. Were it not for his country's complementary capacity to inflict genuinely existential harms, these threats would not be worrisome. But Iran's capacity to become fully nuclear is now more imminent than had ever been recognized by our own intelligence communities. It follows that a persistent refrain of genocidal intent issuing from Tehran must now be taken with utmost seriousness in Jerusalem.
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