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A School’s Historic Kiddush Hashem

19 Iyyar 5769 – May 13, 2009
On March 27, before a huge crowd in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall, the mock trial team of Boston's Maimonides School won the championship for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and became eligible to compete in the national competition scheduled for Atlanta on May 8 and 9.

How Not to Prevent a Holocaust: The Limits of Empathy

12 Iyyar 5769 – May 6, 2009
I was almost inexpressibly saddened to read the comments made week before last by President Obama at a Holocaust Days of Remembrance ceremony at the Holocaust Museum in Washington. In a mostly lyrical and affecting speech, I very nearly missed the significance of the following key passage:

Israel’s Founding Revisited

5 Iyyar 5769 – April 29, 2009
If asked, "Who created the modern state of Israel?" most Jews would offer such names and institutions as David Ben-Gurion, Chaim Weizmann, the Jewish Agency, and the United Nations. A newly translated memoir, however, completely upends this popular perception.

Venezuela Diary: Fear, Courage, Responsibility

28 Nisan 5769 – April 22, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 As our plane lands in Caracas I think about why we've come. Our objective is to express solidarity; to learn facts on the ground; and to speak with community leaders, rabbis, and clergy of other faiths with the goal of helping to map out future policy.

A Tale of Two Beggars

20 Nisan 5769 – April 14, 2009
Once upon a time, somewhere in the steppes of Eastern Europe, in the Pale that contained many a Jewish village, there roamed two beggars. One of the hobos was a Jew, the other a gentile.

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.

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