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Still Facing Existential Threats: Nuclear War And Genocide In The Middle East (Part One)

12 Adar II 5768 – March 19, 2008
"In a dark time," says the poet Theodore Roethke, "the eye begins to see." Today, with improving sight, the Iranian nuclear threat should remain bright in our visual field. Despite a recent U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that effectively supports Tehran's multiple lies and deceptions, this unconventional threat remains existential. It follows that an Israeli and/or American preemptive strike against certain Iranian nuclear assets and infrastructures should still not be ruled out.

Forty Years Since March Of ’68

Throughout Jewish history there have been many defining moments.

The Terror Outside And The Terror Within

5 Adar II 5768 – March 12, 2008
My readers in The Jewish Press are accustomed to reading my articles on timely strategic and jurisprudential issues. For the most part, these columns have explored various dangers of terrorism, war and genocide. But sometimes we are imperiled by a very different sort of terror. There is, of course, the "usual" threat of terror violence (the terror "outside"), but there is also a serious specter of interior terror that arises from our willful abandonment of individuality (the terror "within").

Desecration At The Ohel Of Rabbi Elimelech Of Lejask

It was only last week that thousands of Chassidim went to Lejask (Lizhensk) in order to commemorate the 222nd yahrzeit of the tzaddik, Noam Elimelech of Lejask (1717-1786).

The Finger In The Gaza Dike

28 Adar I 5768 – March 5, 2008
The children of Sderot are the finger in the Gaza dike. They are there to save us all from the great flood.

Do You Understand?

Do you understand the daily rocket attacks against Sderot, Israel?

Agudat HaRabonim Of Poland Re-established After 70 Years

An event, thought to be impossible after the Shoah, took place in Lodz.

War On Gaza?

21 Adar I 5768 – February 27, 2008
As calls for all-out war on Gaza increase, it is important to set things straight.

After Annapolis: Israeli Rights, Arab/Islamic Anti-Semitism And International Law (Conclusion)

Some years ago, following one of the devastating suicide bombings in which small Jewish children were blown to bits, prominent Palestinian columnist Fahd al-Rimawi - then writing with obvious approval of Nobel Peace laureate Yassir Arafat in Amman's al-Majd newspaper, gleefully celebrated the monstrous act of terror:

Jewish Community Contacts

Over the past few weeks, I have been sharing contact information about various secular organizations in Poland.

The Justice/Security Connection

14 Adar I 5768 – February 20, 2008
If the ideas put forward at the recent Herzliya Conference are any indication, both the classic Right and religious Right are captive to the Oslo paradigm and the consciousness that produced it.

After Annapolis: Israeli Rights, Arab/Islamic Anti-Semitism And International Law (Part I)

The recent Annapolis "peace" conference - and President Bush's subsequent visit to the Middle East - shows that where Israel is concerned, there is still nothing new under the sun. Once again, fundamental Israeli rights were shamelessly subordinated to the presumed rights of all others, including even of openly Arab defiant terrorists now conveniently disguised as an "Authority." Once again, it seems, Israel had been called upon to offer land for nothing.

Polish Center For Holocaust Research (Conclusion)

In order to emphasize the magnitude of the Holocaust and genocide, Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology: Polish Academy of Sciences, Professor Henryk Domanski, created the Polish Center for Holocaust Research, on July 2 2003.

Understanding Gaza: Pain And Perfidy Under International Law

7 Adar I 5768 – February 13, 2008
It is easy to feel sorry for the Palestinians in Gaza. Televised and print images of their apparently unrelieved misery suggest Israeli cruelty in the creation of shortages and in the use of armed force. Exactly the opposite is true. The moment that flagrantly illegal Hamas rocket attacks upon Israeli noncombatants cease, no harms of any kind will be imposed by Israel.

Foundation Momentum Iudaicum Lodzense (Part Two)

The Foundation Momentum Iudaicum Lodzense was established on November 6 1995.

Well, Dear Candidates, Which Is It? A Tactical War On Terror, Or A Genuine...

30 Shevat 5768 – February 6, 2008
From a national survival standpoint, the candidate debates remain pretty much beside the point. Not a single presidential aspirant has answered (or even attempted to answer) a very important question: Are we Americans now involved in a merely tactical struggle against particular terror groups and individuals, or are we, instead, embroiled in something much larger? Should we now be focusing on assorted political, military and logistical issues (the effective position, more or less, of all candidates), or upon the much wider religious and cultural context from which our principal terror enemies are spawned?

Secular Organizations In Poland

I am often asked what Jewish life in Poland is really like.

Living Amid Absurdity: Israel As Tragic Hero (Conclusion)

23 Shevat 5768 – January 30, 2008
For Jews, free will must always be oriented toward life, to the blessing, not to the curse. Our binding charge is to strive in this obligatory direction of individual and collective self-preservation by using our intelligence and by exercising our essentially disciplined acts of will. In circumstances where such striving is consciously rejected, the outcome - however catastrophic - can never rise to the dignified level of tragedy.

Who Will Write Our History?: Emanuel Ringelblum, The Warsaw Ghetto, And The Oyneg Shabes...

Over the past 12 years that I have been writing this column I discussed the Ringelblum Archives numerous times.

Living Amid Absurdity: Israel As Tragic Hero (Part One)

16 Shevat 5768 – January 23, 2008
True life, it seems, can never be brought purposefully before the judgment seat of Reason. Much as we might wish it were otherwise, absurd narratives now best mirror the deteriorating situation of life on earth. Still living an elaborate pantomime of right and wrong, justice and punishment, we humans desperately want the unfolding world-drama to develop with both fairness and sensibility. Generally, we witness something quite different.

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