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The Values That Make Judaism Unique

19 Heshvan 5768 – October 31, 2007
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.

Lies of the Anti-Lobby Lobby

12 Heshvan 5768 – October 24, 2007
There is a nefarious lobby that controls American policy and subordinates American interests to its own narrow interests.

Terrorists and U.S. Presidential Politics

28 Tishri 5768 – October 10, 2007
"If this president does not get us out of Iraq, when I am president, I will," pledged Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in a televised Democratic debate broadcast nationally and around the world.

From Quaker to Shaker to Orthodox Jew

13 Tishri 5768 – September 25, 2007
Throughout history there have been gentiles who decided the only way for them to come close to God was to convert to Judaism.

Heavenly Grace: Seizing the Moment

29 Elul 5767 – September 11, 2007
The instant the Lelover Tzaddik reentered the bais hamedrash, the Chozeh of Lublin seized the moment to launch into a fervent recitation of Lamnatzayach.

Atheist Chic

15 Elul 5767 – August 29, 2007
I suppose I should begin by explaining why I bothered to read the book The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (Bantam, 2006).

American Victims of the 1929 Hebron Massacre

8 Elul 5767 – August 22, 2007
On August 27, 1929, The New York Times ran the following front-page banner:8 AMERICANS LISTED IN 70 HEBRON DEADAttack on Rabbinical College was Savage...

Harry Potter’s Fabulous Jewish Monsters

18 Av 5767 – August 1, 2007
While the book was of great interest to those struggling with conflicts between Torah and science, and aroused considerable controversy in some quarters, it turned out that those most passionate about the book were of a different group: Harry Potter readers.

The Difference Between ‘Non-Jewish’ And ‘Un-Jewish’

10 Av 5767 – July 25, 2007
Not long ago posters appeared in a number of synagogues in Brooklyn banning a recently published book that, according to the posters, contained misleading halachic rulings.

What Mourning Means: Reflections of the Rav on Tisha B’Av

4 Av 5767 – July 18, 2007
We have become so used to living in a world without the Beit HaMikdash that it would be unreasonable to expect anyone to be able to begin the "Three Weeks" with the observances of shiva.

The Spiritual Sickness of Avraham Burg

26 Tammuz 5767 – July 11, 2007
At the dawn of the modern period, as the issue of granting civic rights to Jews was broached in the states of central and western Europe, every objection raised by those opposed to such rights found its Jewish supporters.

In History’s Footsteps: A Family’s Roots and Legacy

19 Tammuz 5767 – July 4, 2007
Maydan, a village of 70 families, has changed little these past 100 years. The single road in town is still used by horse-drawn wagons.

Court Jews: Pro Basketball’s Forgotten History

11 Tammuz 5767 – June 27, 2007
Mention the names Leo Gottlieb, Sid Hertzberg, Ossie Schectman, Ralph Kaplowitz, Nat Milotzok and Hank Rosenstein, and the image that probably comes to mind is that of the board of directors of a Florida retirement village rather than half the roster of the 1946-47 New York Knickerbockers basketball team.

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

4 Tammuz 5767 – June 20, 2007
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...

28 Sivan 5767 – June 13, 2007
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...

21 Sivan 5767 – June 6, 2007
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

14 Sivan 5767 – May 30, 2007
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

6 Sivan 5767 – May 22, 2007
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

29 Iyyar 5767 – May 16, 2007
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.

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