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Jewish State, Zionist Conflict

16 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
Near the end of the nineteenth century, Theodor Herzl, the Viennese journalist who would wrestle with the plight of Jews amid the enticements and dangers of modernity, felt trapped. For his son’s sake he considered conversion to Christianity; to solve the vexing “Jewish Question” he even fantasized the mass conversion of Jews.

What We Can Learn From Trees

9 Shevat 5772 – February 1, 2012
Tu B’Shevat is not just “another day.” It’s the Rosh Hashanah for trees, one of four roshei hashanah that occur in the Jewish calendar year (Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 1:1).

Politics, Israel, the Economy: A Chat With Rep. Bob Turner

2 Shevat 5772 – January 25, 2012
New York’s 9th Congressional District will forever be remembered not only for the departure of disgraced veteran Congressman Anthony Weiner but also for who replaced him. Bob Turner’s victory marked the first Republican win in that district since 1923, and his September 2011 election stunned the Democratic Party.

70 Years Ago This Week: Turning Point Of The Holocaust

24 Tevet 5772 – January 19, 2012
Barely five weeks after the Wehrmacht’s onslaught against Russia, Reich Marshal Hermann Goering issued the following directive on July 31, 1941 to Chief of Gestapo Reinhard Heydrich:

A Haunting Visit To The Gush Katif Museum

17 Tevet 5772 – January 11, 2012
“Tens of thousands visit here – ordinary Jews, educators and their students, Knesset members and government ministers, soldiers and their officers, members of European parliaments, and U.S. congressmen. And after their visits, something happens in the minds of all of them. Even left-wing Knesset members, with tears in their eyes, have written in the visitors’ book, ‘Never again!’ ”

They Said What?! Exposing the ‘Mainstream’ Media

3 Tevet 5772 – December 28, 2011
The Media Research Center is out with its annual Best Notable Quotables awards – a compilation of the most outrageous and/or unintentionally revealing news media quotes from December 2010 through November 2011.

The Strong Into The Hands Of The Weak?

26 Kislev 5772 – December 21, 2011
How is it possible that the strong could be delivered into the hands of the weak? Sounds strange, but that is the exact pattern of Jewish history.

Chanukah: Not Just A Children’s Holiday

19 Kislev 5772 – December 14, 2011
It never used to bother me; that is, until recently. Somehow, over the years, Chanukah has come to be celebrated as a children’s holiday.

Disputing, For God’s Sake

12 Kislev 5772 – December 7, 2011
The twelve-member bipartisan congressional “super committee” on spending cuts formally conceded defeat late last month, after failing to reach common ground on the issues of tax increases and spending cuts.

The Presidential Racing Form

5 Kislev 5772 – November 30, 2011
The strongest attribute of any of the Republican candidates for president is that he or she is not named Barack Obama.

Will Israel Ever Get Serious About Treason?

27 Heshvan 5772 – November 23, 2011
Earlier this year Israel passed a law that would strip Israelis of their citizenship if convicted of espionage or treason. Condemned for this by countries all over the world, almost all of whom have far harsher anti-treason laws than Israel, the Israeli government has yet to apply the law to anyone.

Journey Of An Academic Pariah

20 Heshvan 5772 – November 17, 2011
In the good old days, Forest Hills, New York - where I grew up between 1939 and 1951 - was a shtetl for assimilated American Jews. Like my parents, all our neighbors were American-born offspring of Eastern European immigrants. A generation removed from their identity conflicts, we children knew that Forest Hills, liberated from Judaism, was our promised land.

FDR and the ‘Voyage of the Damned’

18 Heshvan 5772 – November 14, 2011
Miami Beach was certainly a fitting choice as the site for this month's reunion of passengers from the ill-fated SS St. Louis, the ship of Jewish refugees that sailed from Nazi Germany in May 1939. As children, they gazed at the lights of Miami as the St. Louis hovered off the Florida coast, hoping desperately for permission to land.

The Origins Of Discontent

15 Heshvan 5772 – November 12, 2011
It is difficult to remember the last time the United States was wracked with such dissension, discontent, protests, and economic hardship.

Where Flowers Bloom Red From Jewish Blood

11 Heshvan 5772 – November 8, 2011
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.

The Real Occupiers: Judea, Circa 50 CE

29 Tishri 5772 – October 26, 2011
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.

Bibi’s Historic Surrender To Terrorism

20 Tishri 5772 – October 18, 2011
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.

Shield of Abraham

14 Tishri 5772 – October 12, 2011
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.

Atonement: Getting It Right

7 Tishri 5772 – October 5, 2011
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?

Circles Of Change

29 Elul 5771 – September 27, 2011
Does teshuvah apply only to individuals and not to their relationships? Only to individuals and not to communities?

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