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Rabbi Schepschel Schaffer: Early Years of an Orthodox Activist

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a number of rabbis did their utmost to establish and maintain Orthodox Judaism in America.

‘Sun, Stand Still’

An interview with the man who led Israel's 1981 attack on Iraq's nuclear reactor

The Values That Make Judaism Unique

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

There is a nefarious lobby that controls American policy and subordinates American interests to its own narrow interests.

Terrorists and U.S. Presidential Politics

"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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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