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.
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, 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.
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?
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.
One of the most well-kept secrets in Flatbush is the Yosef Goldman Collection of American Jewish Books and Manuscripts.
Interview with a suicide bomber in training
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."
This year, the second day of Chanukah will coincide with the 144th anniversary of the worst official act of anti-Semitism in American history.
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."
Its origins are in the medieval Spanish kingdom of Castille, in the early thirteenth century, well before Columbus left for the Americas.
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.
The American Orthodox Jewish community of today is drastically different from the community that existed in America 75 years ago.
In his visit to Lebanon earlier this year, Noam Chomsky justified Hizbullah's military arsenal as a "deterrent to potential aggression."
Rosen cannot even bring himself to use the names that historians normally use, such as "Bergson Group" or "Bergsonites."
The Middle East, after all, is a volatile region, and accurate predictions are not always so easy. But there is no such excuse for Siegman's all too common errors of fact.
The tzaddikim, unsayed by desire to indulge in the pleasures the "island" proffers, stay on board.
Jewish religious observance suffered a propitious decline in early- and mid-20th century America.
For years, Nasrallah mocked Israeli society as a "spider's web," intricate, elaborate, but weak and easily swept away. Now it was Nasrallah's turn to be swept away.
Today, as in the past, the conduct of Jews who despise their own people spans the full spectrum of political depravity.