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Time To Kick The One-Party Habit

19 Heshvan 5771 – October 27, 2010
For Jewish-Americans, the December date that lives in infamy is December 17. For on that day in 1862, Major-General Ulysses S. Grant issued General Order 11.

Measuring Your Net Worth

12 Heshvan 5771 – October 20, 2010
In our quest to be spiritual entities it is incumbent on us to learn Judaism's definition of a spiritual person.

A Question Of Identity

5 Heshvan 5771 – October 13, 2010
My first visit to Israel in the summer of 1959 coincided to an extent with the trip by Rabbi Aharon Kotler, the great rosh yeshiva of Lakewood, who came to give shiurim at Yeshiva Eitz Chaim in Jerusalem and to campaign for Agudath Israel in the Knesset elections, as he had done previously in the decade.

After the Mendacity Came the Aggression

28 Tishri 5771 – October 6, 2010
On Oct. 8, 1973, two days after the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War, Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban delivered the following address to the UN General Assembly. Of particular interest are the references to Anwar Sadat, whose image had not as yet been transformed into that of a peace-seeking visionary, and to the foresight of Israeli leaders in refusing to relinquish any territory in the absence of a workable and sustainable peace treaty.

Blaming the Victim: The Truth About Palestinian Anti-Semitism

20 Tishri 5771 – September 28, 2010
In August, the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) brought together some 110 scholars to present papers and share ideas relevant to the theme of "Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity." The conference had as its seemingly straightforward, and productive, objective to further the initiative's primary role of identifying and seeking to explain current manifestations of the world's oldest hatred.

Sin Of The Grasshoppers

13 Tishri 5771 – September 21, 2010
With Israel surrounded, as ever, by implacable enemies and forced to endure withering assaults of negative international opinion, we can take needed comfort and learn an important lesson from the Torah context of some key phrases in the Yom Kippur liturgy we recited just days ago.

The Hidden and The Unseen

7 Tishri 5771 – September 15, 2010
It was no ordinary walk home on Yom Kippur night a year ago. The clear air was the kind lungs get high on. The moon's bright essence in a star-studded sky lit my path along the familiar yet now deserted winding country road. Even the crickets' rhythmic chirping seemed muted in the surrounding stillness.

Crowning Our King

28 Elul 5770 – September 7, 2010
"I want a new me. But every year after Yom Kippur it seems the 'old' me is still here. After all those heartfelt prayers! The shofar blowing! Fasting! Crying! What happened to all my good intentions?"

Tears, Tributes For Beloved Slain Convert Yoseph Robinson

15 Elul 5770 – August 25, 2010
A standing-room-only crowd of mourners paid tearful tribute Monday night to Yoseph Robinson, the beloved liquor store employee gunned down last Thursday as he tried to protect his girlfriend from a masked gunman.

When Naivet? Becomes Sedition

8 Elul 5770 – August 18, 2010
The most dramatic and important political change in Israel over the past 20 years has been the transformation of the Israeli Left from a movement of political naivet? to one of, in an increasing number of instances, political sedition.

Ani Yisraeli: I Am An Israeli

1 Elul 5770 – August 11, 2010
Our world is divided into two groups: those who support Israel and those who do not. There is no middle ground.

Needed: A Jewish Tea Party

24 Av 5770 – August 4, 2010
Among the bitterest aspects of the ancient tragedies commemorated during our recent national period of mourning was the crushing disappointment felt by the Jewish people when we were betrayed by our erstwhile allies: "I called for my friends [those who had professed love for me] but they deceived me" (Eicha 1:19).

Southern Jews and the Confederacy

17 Av 5770 – July 28, 2010
Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell's recent proclamation of Confederate History Month provoked a firestorm of criticism, with many accusing him and those who commemorate their Southern ancestors' bravery of ignoring or even defending slavery.

Israel and the Liberal Dilemma

10 Av 5770 – July 21, 2010
"It's been a long time since American Jewry has been [so] shaken," declared the Israeli newspaper Haaretz in its July 9 Magazine cover story. Judging from the volume of chatter thundering across the upper firmament of the media heavens, this is no exaggeration.

A Nation’s Tears… and Redemption

3 Av 5770 – July 14, 2010
"Ani ma'amin I believe with complete faith in the coming of Mashiach and wait each day for him to come."

Mourning in the Morning

25 Tammuz 5770 – July 7, 2010
Regarding the positive Torah commandment to pray, Rambam writes, "This commandment obligates each person to offer supplication and prayer every day and utter praises of the Holy One, blessed be He; then petition for all his needs with requests and supplications; and finally, give praise and thanks to God for the goodness that He has bestowed upon him - each one according to his own ability" (Mishneh Torah 1:2).

Ready! Set! Go! : A New Paradigm for Shidduch Dating

4 Tammuz 5770 – June 16, 2010
One Jew. One lonely Jew. Our brother. Our sister. Our neighbor. Our friend. Frustrated. Bewildered. Alone.

Lethal Alliance: Genocide-Promoting Arabs and Their European Fans

27 Sivan 5770 – June 9, 2010
Many are puzzled by the widespread support in European democracies of Palestinian groups and Arab states that promote genocidal anti-Semitism. After all, Palestinian and broader Arab anti-Semitism draws heavily, in its anti-Jewish propaganda, on Nazi models, and Western Europe and the European Union are supposed to be opposed to everything touching on Nazism and its genocidal policies.

1948 and the Triumph Of the Naysayers

20 Sivan 5770 – June 2, 2010
In 1939, when Reb Sholom Halberstam, brother-in-law of the saintly Bobover Rebbe Shlomo Halberstam, and some other Jews were fleeing from the approaching German armies, they came to a Polish town where the sexton of the synagogue, upon hearing their story, told them to stop running because the arrival of the Messiah was imminent.

Perfect Heroes

13 Sivan 5770 – May 26, 2010
In the summer of 1993, shortly before I was to participate in an international conference on the concept of the hero in Jewish history, I began researching how Israeli society had perpetuated the memory of the Yishuv (Jewish community in pre-state Israel) parachutists from World War II.

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