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Posted on: October 12th, 2011

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One night, a man was shot as he tried to break into the settlement from a nearby Arab city. His family did not say, "We are so sorry that our son tried to break into your community and commit violence." Quite the opposite. There was a prolonged, noisy demonstration in his city against the Israel Defense Forces.

 

Posted on: October 5th, 2011

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The newborn is far from shy about letting its feelings be known as it is thrust, against its will, into a frigid and foreign world. With flailing hands and pitiful wails, its displeasure is made amply clear. Which raises the question: Since the soul does not choose to spend time on this planet, is it fair that it is held accountable for the way it goes about living its life here on earth?

 

Posted on: September 27th, 2011

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Does teshuvah apply only to individuals and not to their relationships? Only to individuals and not to communities?

 

Posted on: September 21st, 2011

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Every Jew’s soul is a piece of the Divine essence, hewn from beneath the Throne of Glory.

 

Posted on: September 14th, 2011

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“Overnight,” The New York Times reported, Vienna’s Jews “were made free game for mobs, despoiled of their property, deprived of police protection, ejected from employment and barred from sources of relief.”

 

Posted on: September 7th, 2011

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The president held 82 press conferences in 1933 alone. The subject of Hitler's persecution of the Jews came up on only one occasion – and not because Roosevelt raised it.

 

Posted on: August 31st, 2011

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Where children are emotionally and socially when they are not in school is a matter of growing concern for educators, especially in Jewish schools and other religious institutions.

 

Posted on: August 24th, 2011

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“You who cling to Hashem, your God, are all alive today.”

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Posted on: August 17th, 2011

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All societies survive through the retention of customs and traditions. If ritual law, halacha and Torah observance are the keystones of Jewish existence, the customs and traditions of Israel are the chain that has kept Israel bound to the Torah and its laws and values. The rabbis called the customs and traditions of Israel "the lessons of your mother" - in contrast and at the same time complementing "the teachings and disciplines of your father."

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Posted on: August 10th, 2011

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If the UN should decide to recognize a "State of Palestine" in the biblical homeland of the Jewish people it would endorse a bizarre irony. Why?

 

Posted on: August 3rd, 2011

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The traumatic shock experienced in Norway is in many ways similar to the enormous, numbing sense of pain the residents of Jerusalem felt in the days and weeks leading up to the churban of our Second Temple.

 

Posted on: July 27th, 2011

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Recently I had the opportunity to hear about those effects firsthand from a group of Jewish women who were willing to share their stories.

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Posted on: July 20th, 2011

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Not many Jews lived in Baltimore during the eighteenth century; by 1796 the entire Jewish population of the city consisted of about 15 families. As late as 1825, Solomon Etting, one of the first Jewish residents of Baltimore, estimated the Jewish population of Baltimore to be about 150.

 

Posted on: July 13th, 2011

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Are we created in the image of God or are we grasshoppers?

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Posted on: July 7th, 2011

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Legends are necessary for nation building and community cohesiveness. Legends of holy and pious people and legends about villains and the wicked are often subject to fabrication and gross exaggeration, but they leave no doubt in the minds of later generations as to who was the holy and pious person and who was the villain.

 

Posted on: June 29th, 2011

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“Palestine” was defined as the land east and west of the Jordan River, now comprising Jordan, the West Bank and Israel.

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Posted on: June 22nd, 2011

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It is late at night. There are four of us on the hospital ward. Two are young men, a religious Ethiopian Jew and a young Arab computer "techie" who spends his days working on his laptop. I am one of the two elders in the room. The other is an Arab from a village in the Galilee. The two younger men complain about the horrific snoring coming from us geezers, but they're not sure who is the worst offender. The nurses offer them sympathy and sleeping pills, to no avail.

 

Posted on: June 15th, 2011

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The rise of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1799 as first counsel and later, in 1804, as emperor, heralded new opportunities for French Jewry.

 

Posted on: June 7th, 2011

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Although gazing skyward is for most a spontaneous daily activity, looking up at the heavens as one begins to pray is a prescribed approach intended to enhance one’s kavanah.

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Posted on: June 1st, 2011

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Thirty years ago next week - shortly after 5:30 p.m. on June 7, 1981 - Israeli fighter jets flew undetected through hundreds of miles of Arab air space and rained fire from the skies over Baghdad, laying waste an atomic reactor and depriving a brutish dictator the potential for mass destruction.

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