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Posted on: November 8th, 2011InDepth → Front Page
The place that holds the record for murders in a day – even over such ghastly places as Auschwitz and Treblinka – is Babi Yar. A ravine on the outskirts of Kiev, it is today incorporated within the urban, inhabited sector of the Ukrainian capital. The events described here took place seventy years ago, in 1941, on Rosh Hashanah.
Posted on: October 26th, 2011In Print → From the Paper
The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations show no sign of abating and the voice of collective dissent now echoes well beyond lower Manhattan. During the past few weeks, the movement has spread nationally, as protesters across the country came together in a leaderless association that rails against corporate greed and social inequality.
Posted on: October 18th, 2011InDepth → Front Page
In March 1978, at the conclusion of the Litani Operation in South Lebanon, five Israeli soldiers and a civilian jumped into a car and decided to go on an outing. The group took to the road in defiance of army regulations and somehow got waived through a forward checkpoint. Moments later they found themselves surrounded by heavily armed Palestinians. Four of the five soldiers were killed instantly, while the civilian miraculously made it back to Israeli lines the next day.
Posted on: October 12th, 2011InDepth → Front Page
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, 2011InDepth → Front Page
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, 2011InDepth → Front Page
Does teshuvah apply only to individuals and not to their relationships? Only to individuals and not to communities?
Posted on: September 21st, 2011InDepth → Front Page
Every Jew’s soul is a piece of the Divine essence, hewn from beneath the Throne of Glory.
Posted on: September 14th, 2011InDepth → Front Page
“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, 2011InDepth → Front Page
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, 2011InDepth → Front Page
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, 2011InDepth → Front Page
“You who cling to Hashem, your God, are all alive today.”
Posted on: August 17th, 2011InDepth → Front Page
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."
Posted on: August 10th, 2011InDepth → Front Page
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, 2011InDepth → Front Page
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, 2011InDepth → Front Page
Recently I had the opportunity to hear about those effects firsthand from a group of Jewish women who were willing to share their stories.
Posted on: July 20th, 2011InDepth → Front Page
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, 2011InDepth → Front Page
Are we created in the image of God or are we grasshoppers?
Posted on: July 7th, 2011InDepth → Front Page
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, 2011InDepth → Front Page
“Palestine” was defined as the land east and west of the Jordan River, now comprising Jordan, the West Bank and Israel.
Posted on: June 22nd, 2011InDepth → Front Page
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.
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