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Roots of Repentance

23 Elul 5771 – September 21, 2011
Every Jew’s soul is a piece of the Divine essence, hewn from beneath the Throne of Glory.

While Six Million Lived: FDR and the Refugee Crisis

16 Elul 5771 – September 14, 2011
“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.”

Could Europe’s Jews Have Been Rescued in the 1930s?

9 Elul 5771 – September 7, 2011
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.

After Sixty Years: Thoughts on Jewish Education

2 Elul 5771 – August 31, 2011
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.

Forty Days – Forty Suggestions

25 Av 5771 – August 24, 2011
“You who cling to Hashem, your God, are all alive today.”

Our Mother’s Lessons

17 Av 5771 – August 17, 2011
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."

Inventing ‘Palestine’

10 Av 5771 – August 10, 2011
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?

The Enemy Within

4 Av 5771 – August 3, 2011
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.

Effects of Divorce on Orthodox Children

26 Tammuz 5771 – July 27, 2011
Recently I had the opportunity to hear about those effects firsthand from a group of Jewish women who were willing to share their stories.

Lost To Orthodoxy: The Fate of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation

18 Tammuz 5771 – July 20, 2011
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.

Grasshoppers – Or Servants Of Hashem?

12 Tammuz 5771 – July 13, 2011
Are we created in the image of God or are we grasshoppers?

Legends And Fantasies In Jewish Life

5 Tammuz 5771 – July 7, 2011
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.

‘Palestine’ in the Land of Israel?

28 Sivan 5771 – June 29, 2011
“Palestine” was defined as the land east and west of the Jordan River, now comprising Jordan, the West Bank and Israel.

‘Apartheid,’ You Say?

20 Sivan 5771 – June 22, 2011
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.

The Futility of Assimilation

14 Sivan 5771 – June 15, 2011
The rise of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1799 as first counsel and later, in 1804, as emperor, heralded new opportunities for French Jewry.

A Taste Of Heaven On Earth

6 Sivan 5771 – June 7, 2011
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.

Fire From The Skies

28 Iyyar 5771 – June 1, 2011
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.

Embracing The Enemy’s Narrative

30 Nisan 5771 – May 4, 2011
Reportedly, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been preparing to unveil new Israeli diplomatic initiatives - including the possibility of further territorial withdrawals from Judea and Samaria and even the recognition of a provisional Palestinian state - before last week's bombshell announcement of a Hamas-Fatah rapprochement.

The Maltese Yad

24 Nisan 5771 – April 28, 2011
It was the last slave prison and slave market in Europe. The United States was already an independent country and France was in the tumult of revolution. The Mediterranean island of Malta was the destination for the slaves snatched off of merchant ships by an order of Crusader Knights that had first been set up in Jerusalem in the 12th century.

Talking With Radio Star John Batchelor

26 Adar I 5771 – March 2, 2011
Listening to "The John Batchelor Show" on WABC is like taking a graduate course in current events. Batchelor covers the news nightly from domestic to foreign affairs, politics to the economy, China to the Middle East, election campaigns to planetary exploration. His insightful take on the day's stories is delivered with an elegance and punctuated wit rarely heard on today's airwaves.

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