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The Changing Face Of Boro Park

On a windy day in Boro Park, if you listen closely you will hear the trees ( the few that survived the timberman's axe) rustling praises to their Creator - some in nusach Ashkenaz, others in nusach Sfard - but all rising to the heavens in unison with their human co-daveners.

Return of the Bad Old Middle East

For most of the past 16 years or so, a seemingly benign specter has been haunting the world - namely, the notion that there exists a New Middle East, one that plays by rules very different from those in the Bad Old Middle East.

Golden Flames Of Illumination

Illuminating melancholic winter nights, Chanukah flames have been lit all over the world for better than two thousand years - whether in menorahs of resplendent silver or humble wood and metal, opulent homes or dreary surroundings, days of glory or times of oppression - commemorating our spiritual ascent from the darkness of the Syrian-Greek decadence.

The Inner Miracle Of the Oil: Chanukah as Precursor to Redemption

The Chanukah story as we know it describes a wicked tyrant, Jewish resistance, and the miracle of oil that burned for eight days instead of one.

A Dominican Haven For Jews Fleeing Hitler

Today the Dominican Republic welcomes thousands of sun-worshippers to Sos?a, its popular North-Coast beach resort.

Basketball’s Jewish Dynasty

It's Saturday evening at the Broadwood Hotel and well over a thousand Philadelphians have flocked to the grand ballroom.

The Cousins Bielski

In September I attended a special screening of the movie "Defiance" at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan. The film attempts to depict the formation of the Bielski partisans and some of their early exploits in the dense forests of Belorussia during the Holocaust.

Einstein’s Secret Spark

Albert Einstein's letter on God, in which he described the Bible as "pretty childish," sold not long ago for more than $400,000.

How The Media Spun Campaign ’08

Based on her interview with Sen. Joe Biden, we may assume that WFTV (Orlando) Anchor Barbara West: 1. Did not graduate from a school of communications, 2. Will never receive an award from the Society of Professional Journalists, 3. Is unlikely to be employed by The New York Times in the foreseeable future, and 4. Will soon be working with Joe the Plumber, installing bathroom fixtures.

Two Candidates Walk Into A Bar… Comedy and Presidential Politics

For days after the Al Smith Memorial Dinner, held in mid-October at the Waldorf Astoria, the media buzzed with clips of presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama delivering hilarious routines that put many professional comedians to shame.

Putting the Oy Back into ‘Ahoy’

They did not sing "Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Manischewitz," nor do they ever seem to appear in any of the Disney films about pirates in the Caribbean.

Lament for a Lost Israel

The day Israel released the baby-murdering Arab terrorist Samir Kuntar was without doubt the most disgraceful in modern Jewish history.

Celebrity Airheads and the Terrorists Who Love Them

"Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world.

A Decade of Media Monitoring

When I agreed to take over the Media Monitor column (the first with my byline ran 10 years ago this week), both it and I were relatively recent additions to the paper.

Failed Experiment: New York’s Only Chief Rabbi

Rabbi Jacob Juspha, better known as Rabbi Jacob Joseph, was born into a very poor family in Kroz, Lithuania in 1840.

Understanding Christian Zionism

The ten Booms are highly relevant today because they demonstrate the sincerity and depth of the evangelical commitment to the Jewish people.

A Decade At-Risk

If history has taught us anything, it's that Orthodox Jews are hardly impervious to the lures of outside influence.

Nicholas Berg: In the Sacred Place Where He Stands

In college, he embarked on bodybuilding to the point where he became, in the words of one friend, a "solid slab of muscle" who "could not flex his arm without ripping his shirt."

The Generation That Transformed Jewish History

The establishment of the State of Israel sixty years ago, on 5 Iyar 5708 (May 14, 1948), was by no means inevitable.

Anti-Semitism’s Return

In attempting to account for these developments I have reached a set of conclusions about why events are unfolding as they are.

In the Clutches of the Inquisition

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the Catholic Church did its utmost to root out any vestige of Jewish religious observance among New Christians.

Sports and the Orthodox Jewish Fan

On Sunday night, many observant Jews will be among the hundreds of millions of people watching the Jets fan's nightmare as the Giants play the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Rabbi Schepschel Schaffer: Early Years of an Orthodox Activist

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a number of rabbis did their utmost to establish and maintain Orthodox Judaism in America.

‘Sun, Stand Still’

An interview with the man who led Israel's 1981 attack on Iraq's nuclear reactor

The Values That Make Judaism Unique

Two weeks ago I debated Michael Steinhardt, the renowned philanthropist and self-declared atheist, and Prof. Noah Feldman, arguably America's foremost thirty-something legal mind, on the subject of whether or not Jews are different based on their values.

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