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‘Peril For Israel Wherever It Looked’ By Abba Eban

In short, there was peril for Israel wherever it looked. Its manpower had been hastily mobilized. Its economy and commerce were beating with feeble pulses. Its streets were dark and empty. There was an apocalyptic air of approaching peril. And Israel faced this danger alone.

Bernie, Barney, And Other Brooklyn Jewish Old-Timers

As of 2016, the Nobel contingent from New York City public high schools stands at 42 (37 of them Jews).

The Avenger Of Ukrainian Jewry

According to Schwartzbard, "When the policeman told me Petlura was dead I could not hide my joy. I leaped forward and threw my arms about his neck," and when the gendarme, Roger Mercier, asked Schwartzbard if he was the shooter, he replied, "I have killed a great assassin."

Freida Sima Goes To War

Her heart went out to her mother, who had so wanted to stay in America, and who had cried her heart out to her eldest daughter the night before she returned to Mihowa.

Translating My Father’s Holocaust Memoir

As someone who witnessed horrors in no fewer than seven concentration camps, my father also wanted to publicly address the question of how it was possible that large masses of people, numbering in the millions, could be led to their extermination without a fight.

Rav Herzog’s ‘Rabbits’ And Other Rabbinic Pesach Correspondence

There is a whole other transcendental level of delight, enchantment, and reverence that applies to collectors of Judaica documents.

Bondage In The ‘Land Of The Free’

This has served to lower the bar when it comes to accepted standards of morality while corroding some once-healthy American ideals.

The Photo On The Wall

Today (10 Nissan – April 18) is the 21st yahrzeit of my daughter Alisa Flatow, Hy”d. I’d like to share with readers of The Jewish Press some personal reflections on the events of 1995 and what has happened since.

Freida Sima’s Mother Comes To America

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh of a multi-part series on the life and times of a young woman who came to America on...

What’s Your Jewish Perspective? The 2016 Presidential Race

As always, the idea is for invited participants to finish off in any way they wish sentence fragments we’ve given them.

The Purim Association

Among the more than 2,500 costume-clad attendees were members of New York's most prominent Jewish families, including one gentleman dressed as a dreidel...

A Home For All Seasons

This is a beautiful land. The panoramic hills and valleys, the inimitable white stones, the kedushah embedded in every meter, the spicy melting pot of Jews. It fills the soul in a way nothing else can.

Freida Sima And The Great Depression

“When one door closes another one opens,” she answered, her mind already a whirlwind of plans that would change their lives for the next two decades.

In Pursuit Of True Happiness

“A truly happy person does not allow his happiness to be dependent on any external factor over which he may not have control.” (Chachmah Umussar, vol. 2, pp. 331-2)

Justice Scalia As Talmudic Scholar

“Talmudic sages believed that judges who accepted bribes would be punished by eventually losing all knowledge of the divine law.”

Letters From Israel – Left And Right

This is not to say the Palestinians are blameless or justified in the ongoing conflict – far from it – but we are the ones with the power and our government has managed to destroy any hope on either side for a solution.

The Motherhood Of Freida Sima

Insisting on a traditional Jewish home, Freida Sima reached a compromise with her communist husband: he would not interfere in household matters of religion while she would turn a blind eye to whatever he would do outside the home.

Dr. Seuss And The Jews

Seuss’s wartime cartoons denounced American discrimination against Jews and called attention to the early stages of the Holocaust.

Yitro’s Surprising Influence

Yitro, on the other hand, arrived at the truth through a very different set of circumstances. He had devoted his entire life to idolatry, only to later realize the futility of his efforts.

The Secret Of The Fifteenth Day

In fact, all the Yomim Tovim that fall on the fifteenth of the month represent instances of t’chias hamaisim.

The Marriage Of Freida Sima

Freida Sima pulled her hand back in shock. “Married?” she shouted. “This is how you are asking me to marry you?”

‘Getcha’: The Misguided FBI Agunah ‘Sting’

Payment was not, apparently, an essential ingredient in the allegedly criminal conduct the FBI intended to punish if the “Getcha Sting” had succeeded in luring participants into a “forced Get.”

The Eye Sees, The Ear Hears

Perhaps we were better off when we were less sophisticated and just lived with emunah peshutah.

President Taft And The Jews: A Remarkable Friendship

William Howard Taft (1857-1930) was the only American president to also sit on the Supreme Court. The Republican was an effective administrator but a...

The Courtship Of Freida Sima

After several dates, when she sensed the “chicken killer” was about to propose, my grandmother beat a hasty retreat, remarking to her aunts that one day longer with him and she would have become a vegetarian.

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