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The Anti-Terror Campaign That Succeeded

After their military defeat by regular forces, the occupied population produced terrorists who engaged in bombings, sniping, poisonings, and other attacks on occupation forces and on the civilian population.

Isaac Leeser: Architect of Traditional Judaism in America

Who was the one person most responsible for perpetuating traditional Judaism in 19th century America? The indisputable answer: Isaac Leeser.

The Bergson Group vs. the Holocaust – and Jewish Leaders vs. Bergson (Part...

How is it that those who were vilified and treated as pariahs are today widely praised for their actions during the Holocaust?

The Bergson Group vs. the Holocaust – and Jewish Leaders vs. Bergson (Part...

At a meeting of Jewish leaders in 1939, Brandeis rebuffed a suggestion that bringing Jews to Palestine in defiance of the British was "illegal."

Six Days Of Miracles

All of which leaves us with one of the great "what ifs" of history: What if Eshkol had found his inner Churchill that evening? What if Yigal Allon had been defense minister instead of Moshe Dayan?

Milk and Honey

The nightmare visited upon the elderly couple took its toll. Within the year, they both succumbed to the agony of their ordeal, having been unable to withstand the spiritual loss of their one and only child.

Guns of Jerusalem

Entering our apartment with Itamar held tightly in my arms, I gazed out over the porch rails at my valley that had been so green.

The Khazar Myth and the New Anti-Semitism

It is one of the great ironies of the 21st century that anti-Zionists and anti-Semites on both the Left and the Right, have returned to racialist arguments against Jews that most of us thought had died out after World War II.

Secrets Bared

The powerful ox of Taurus symbolizes the month of Iyar. The bull's characteristic of stubbornness features positively when it manifests itself as uncompromising loyalty.

America’s First Native-Born, University-Educated Orthodox Rabbi

Rabbi Pinchas M. Teitz, who eventually became rav of Elizabeth, New Jersey, visited America from 1933-1935.

The Empty Rage of Jewish ‘Progressives’

In complaining that Rosenfeld is trying to silence Jews who disagree with him, Pogrebin at one point compares him to Brandeis donors who withdrew their support from the university after it invited Jimmy Carter to speak.

Too Many Rabbis?

Before the arrival of the masses, houses of study, synagogues, and ritual baths were constructed; kosher food was made available, as were other key components to Jewish life.

Hidden Lights Aglow

He turned to the rav to express sincere regret for his needless suffering and to request the honor of a private audience.

Memo to Bin Laden and Ahmadinejad: Israel Lives!

Where is Israel? Where are those who are scattered throughout the Diaspora?

The Liberator: Ronald Reagan and Soviet Jewry

One of the most instructive insights into Reagan's connection with Jews relates to the man's Cold War experience - what he saw as literally the fight of the 20th century.

Two Days Among Heroes

These dissidents are truth-tellers, endangered in their homelands, living in exile, strangers in a strange land, so to speak. They have been empowered by their sojourns in the West.

Brooklyn’s Hitler Street

Celler called FDR's immigration policy "cold and cruel," and accused the State Department of having "a glacier-like attitude" and "a heartbeat muffled in protocol."

Mazal . . . Adar . . . Dagim

It isn't fair," whined the donkey to the ox.

The Obligation To Work

And they are referring to skilled labor or physical labor, not Torah study. Torah study is a companion to work, not a substitute.

Religion and The Presidency

When Nietzsche a century ago surveyed his surroundings and proclaimed that "God is dead," he might have in retrospect judged himself only slightly premature.

America’s First Torah Scholar: Israel Baer Kursheedt

One of the factors that hindered the proper early development of Judaism in America was a lack of qualified religious functionaries.

The Diaspora Syndrome

Jews' categorical identification with parties of the Left became commonplace throughout Central and Western Europe. For some, this identification went beyond liberal parties to socialist and communist groups.

Martin Luther King And The Exodus Narrative

Moshe understands that even though none of the parties to this conflict are Jews, and that he could stand aside and not risk being accused of having caused the evil, his Jewish responsibility is to do what he can to prevent the perpetration of injustice.

Anti-Zionism, Sephardic Style

There is a widespread perception in Israel that Sephardic Jews are more sensible than the rest of us. Sephardim, or "Oriental Jews" as they are commonly if mistakenly called (strictly speaking, the two terms are not interchangeable), tend to shy away from the various manifestations of non-moderation that afflict Ashkenazi or "Western" Jews.

Orthodoxy and Practical Pluralism In American Judaism

Simply put, Orthodoxy is unwilling to implicitly or explicitly renounce its most basic claim - the uniqueness of its truth, and its central focus that Jewish law is binding.

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