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.
Back in April, Rabbi Wolpe gave a sermon whose title took one aback: "Can Israel Survive?"
On the advice of his halachic authority, Rabbi Slifkin refused to recant his books until he would be able to meet with the rabbis condemning the books.
Harry chose to enter the diplomatic service and in 1936 was posted as a U.S. vice consul in Marseille, France. There he would soon come face to face with the plight of Hitler's Jewish victims.
These stories instilled in Matthew a certain character - tough, brash - but not a sense of mission. Not a drive to fight for Israel.
One day in the summer of 1981, when I was still living in Brooklyn, I received a call from Dassie Marcus, a fervent supporter of Israel, the settlement movement, and Gush Emunim.
"All you do all day is threaten that there will be Katyusha rockets landing in Ashkelon.
We began with a website and publications to provide a clear picture of Modern Orthodox ideology.
Back then, our parents and grandparents marched in freezing snow for hours in uniforms and plastic slippers - and survived.