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Reality Check

1 Adar 5769 – February 25, 2009
The ritual is as familiar as preparing your taxes, and about as tedious. An American president leaves office and Israel is asked to make territorial concessions in one "final" attempt to make peace; a new American president takes office and Israel is asked to make territorial concessions in order to jump-start his peace efforts; Israel prevails militarily in a conflict and is asked to make territorial concessions as a "good-will gesture" to the vanquished; a new Israeli government comes to power is asked to make territorial concessions to show its good faith.

My Visit To Auschwitz

17 Shevat 5769 – February 11, 2009
Editor's Note: Several years ago, the bestselling novelist Christopher Buckley, accompanied by his late father, the writer and iconic conservative intellectual William F. Buckley Jr., visited Auschwitz. He had never published his haunting account of that experience, but the current furor over Bishop Richard Williamson's claim that the Holocaust is largely a myth and "not one" Jew was gassed at Auschwitz compelled him to do so on The Daily Beast website, where he is a regular contributor.

Orchards and Vineyards and Nature Divine

10 Shevat 5769 – February 4, 2009
Delectable, delicious, delightful - and available to us in a smorgasbord of flavors and consistencies.

Lessons of Gaza

3 Shevat 5769 – January 28, 2009
The great untold story of Operation Cast Lead was the level of euphoria and national unity that gripped Israel.

Israel at War: No Guilt

25 Tevet 5769 – January 21, 2009
The world's reaction to Israel's defensive assault on Gaza was predictable and quite telling - predictable in its hostility and revealing in its utter contempt for the lives and redemptive process of the Jewish people.

Israel Must Be Allowed To Win

18 Tevet 5769 – January 14, 2009
The war of aggression waged by Hamas, against which Israel has commenced a robust response, must not be seen in a vacuum.

The Changing Face Of Boro Park

11 Tevet 5769 – January 7, 2009
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

4 Tevet 5769 – December 31, 2008
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

27 Kislev 5769 – December 24, 2008
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

20 Kislev 5769 – December 17, 2008
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

6 Kislev 5769 – December 3, 2008
Today the Dominican Republic welcomes thousands of sun-worshippers to Sos?a, its popular North-Coast beach resort.

Basketball’s Jewish Dynasty

28 Heshvan 5769 – November 26, 2008
It's Saturday evening at the Broadwood Hotel and well over a thousand Philadelphians have flocked to the grand ballroom.

The Cousins Bielski

21 Heshvan 5769 – November 19, 2008
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

14 Heshvan 5769 – November 12, 2008
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

7 Heshvan 5769 – November 5, 2008
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

30 Tishri 5769 – October 29, 2008
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’

16 Tishri 5769 – October 15, 2008
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

17 Elul 5768 – September 17, 2008
The day Israel released the baby-murdering Arab terrorist Samir Kuntar was without doubt the most disgraceful in modern Jewish history.

LBJ and Israel

26 Av 5768 – August 27, 2008
Lyndon Baines Johnson, born 100 years ago this week, came from a part of the country where Jews were about as common as a herd of cattle in Manhattan.

Celebrity Airheads and the Terrorists Who Love Them

6 Tammuz 5768 – July 9, 2008
"Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world.

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