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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.
Posted on: July 12th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Israel now faces existential destruction from two main sources: The Islamic Republic of Iran and the aspiring Islamic republic of "Palestine." One source is an established state with an expanding near-term potential to inflict nuclear harms. The other is a Hamas-led configuration of terror groups that seeks to become a state for the immediate purpose of annihilating an existing state. Neither Iran nor Hamas is particularly subtle or circumspect about what it hopes to inflict upon Israel. On the contrary, both are entirely explicit about their unrelenting intent to commit genocide.
Posted on: July 12th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
Last week saw the greatest modern (post-Holocaust) celebration of Jewish culture in Europe at the Krakow Jewish Cultural Festival.
Posted on: July 5th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
With steady Iranian nuclearization correctly at the forefront of world public attention, no country has more to fear than the State of Israel. Less than half the size of Lake Michigan, Israel fully understands that the Iranian president's incessant bluster about wiping the Jewish State "off the map" is far more than mere posturing. It is, rather, an unambiguous declaration of criminal intent to commit genocide.
Posted on: July 5th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
Located just north of Warsaw on the Narew River, Pultusk is a small rural town described as being located on an island in the middle of a river.
Posted on: June 28th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert now gives guns to Arab terrorists while planning to surrender more of his country's essential heartland. The apparent rationale of Israeli arms to Fatah is to diminish the contending power of Hamas. Inevitably, these same weapons will be used to murder individual Jews. Surely they will do absolutely nothing to help Israel.
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