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Two Days Among Heroes

25 Adar 5767 – March 14, 2007
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

18 Adar 5767 – March 7, 2007
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

10 Adar 5767 – February 28, 2007
It isn't fair," whined the donkey to the ox.

The Obligation To Work

4 Adar 5767 – February 21, 2007
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

27 Shevat 5767 – February 14, 2007
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

19 Shevat 5767 – February 7, 2007
One of the factors that hindered the proper early development of Judaism in America was a lack of qualified religious functionaries.

The Diaspora Syndrome

13 Shevat 5767 – January 31, 2007
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

28 Tevet 5767 – January 17, 2007
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

20 Tevet 5767 – January 10, 2007
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

14 Tevet 5767 – January 3, 2007
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.

Harry Truman Without Fanfare

6 Tevet 5767 – December 27, 2006
Harry Truman, who died 34 years ago this week, has long been considered a hero in the struggle for a Jewish state. The truth is somewhat more complicated.

Rethinking Standards in Jewish Education

30 Kislev 5767 – December 20, 2006
Honestly, would we imagine ever not paying the custodian on time? Would we expect the custodian to return to work month after month without receiving his salary?

From Light To Shining Light

23 Kislev 5767 – December 13, 2006
Perhaps my gratitude for the chance to bond so intimately with precious souls of a different generation stemmed from having been cheated (by the Nazi vermin) of the privilege of knowing my own grandparents.

Hooked On American Jewish History

15 Kislev 5767 – December 6, 2006
One of the most well-kept secrets in Flatbush is the Yosef Goldman Collection of American Jewish Books and Manuscripts.

Face to Face With My Potential Killer

8 Kislev 5767 – November 29, 2006
Interview with a suicide bomber in training

Jimmy Carter’s Disingenuous Diplomacy

1 Kislev 5767 – November 22, 2006
Jimmy Carter's new book - Palestine Peace Not Apartheid - should, by all rights, be headed for the remainder bin. Martin Peretz, editor-in-chief of The New Republic, calls it a "tendentious, dishonest and stupid book."

Shame of the Yankees – America’s Worst Anti-Jewish Action

24 Heshvan 5767 – November 15, 2006
This year, the second day of Chanukah will coincide with the 144th anniversary of the worst official act of anti-Semitism in American history.

Tearing Off Labels

18 Heshvan 5767 – November 8, 2006
Integrating the advances in the world around us without compromising halacha is part and parcel of Judaism, not something that needs to be noted with an additional adjective such as "modern."

The Harriet Tubman of Syrian Jewry

10 Heshvan 5767 – November 1, 2006
Its origins are in the medieval Spanish kingdom of Castille, in the early thirteenth century, well before Columbus left for the Americas.

A Voice To Make Men Weep

3 Heshvan 5767 – October 25, 2006
His voice had the strength of a pipe organ and the gentleness of a violin, but most of all it had the power to make men weep.

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