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Posted on: June 6th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Despite altogether unimagined transformations of weapons technologies, some ancient principles of warfare remain entirely valid. Founded upon the essentially persistent nature of human behavior in organized conflict, these principles can be ignored only at great strategic risk. For the always-imperiled state of Israel, there is especially much to be learned from certain elements of past thought. This includes the unchanging requirements of national survival.
Posted on: June 6th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
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.
Posted on: May 30th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
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.
Posted on: May 16th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
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.
Posted on: May 16th, 2007InDepth → Columns
Israel is celebrating 40 years since the reunification of our holiest city, Jerusalem, and the miraculous victory of the 1967 Six-Day War.
Posted on: May 16th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
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.
Posted on: May 9th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
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.
Posted on: May 9th, 2007InDepth → Columns
I recently read a background story about presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama online in the New York Times, and I seriously began to worry.
Posted on: May 9th, 2007InDepth → Columns
Israel's politicians are pursuing a policy of "divide and conquer" vis-à-vis those of us who live in Judea and Samaria.
Posted on: May 9th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
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.
Posted on: May 2nd, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
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."
Posted on: May 2nd, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
The synagogue buildings that survived are among the last remaining vestiges of Jewish life in Poland today.
Posted on: April 25th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
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?")
Posted on: April 25th, 2007InDepth → Columns
Israel Independence Day is a very special celebration.
Posted on: April 25th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
One of the most frequently asked questions about Jewish life in Poland is, "Are there still Jews there?"
Posted on: April 12th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
Whenever I meet people, and they find out I write about Jewish life in Poland, invariably they have questions.
Posted on: April 12th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
'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.
Posted on: April 2nd, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
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.
Posted on: April 2nd, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
"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.
Posted on: March 28th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
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.
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