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Children and the Essence of Pesach

13 Nisan 5769 – April 7, 2009
The humble-natured sheep symbolic of Nissan (Aries), the first month of the year, recognizes the shepherd to be its guide, just as the Jewish people place their faith in their Shepherd, the Creator of the universe.

Ike and Israel: The Apogee of Neutrality

29 Adar 5769 – March 25, 2009
Much has been written in recent weeks of the Obama administration's possible tilt toward a more evenhanded U.S. Middle East policy. Contrary to popular perception, however, if such a change were indeed implemented, it would constitute not so much a new and revolutionary approach as it would an old and reactionary one.

Orthodoxy, Then and Now

22 Adar 5769 – March 18, 2009
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn was the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe (widely known as the Frierdiker - Yiddish for "previous" - Rebbe). He served in that position for 30 years, from 1920 until his passing on Shabbos morning, January 28, 1950. He was buried at Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, New York.

Loud, Obnoxious And Shallow: Hollywood’s Portrayal of Jewish Women

15 Adar 5769 – March 11, 2009
Throughout our history, the survival of the Jewish people has depended upon the courage of Jewish women. With their unassuming femininity and modest morality - not to mention their wills of steel - they have led us by the power of their personal example for thousands of years.

Shining Stars, Divine Decrees

8 Adar 5769 – March 4, 2009
The month of Adar is the final one on the zodiacal cycle in the year that begins with the month of Nissan (Aries), which marks the birth of creation and is symbolized by the gentle white ram.

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.

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