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History And Memory

6 Nisan 5775 – March 25, 2015
There is something quite distinctive about the biblical approach to time.

The Armenian Genocide And The Creation Of Israel

28 Adar 5775 – March 18, 2015
The Turks, believing Absalom was a spy, tortured him but he did not give them any information.
Marvin Schick

Going To College: A Personal Reminiscence

21 Adar 5775 – March 11, 2015
My guess is that most yeshiva students also winged it or cut corners because they, too, had rather onerous schedules.

Linking Purim And Pesach

14 Adar 5775 – March 4, 2015
Pesach is a Torah-based holiday whose fundamental observances are rooted in Torah law; Purim is a rabbinic holiday whose laws and customs are grounded in the rabbinic tradition.

Unrestrained Joy

7 Adar 5775 – February 25, 2015
A central concept in any discussion about happiness is achieving clarity. “Ain simcha ela k’hataras hasefeikos” – there is no joy as that experienced with the removal of doubt.

The Obligation To Support A Family

1 Adar 5775 – February 19, 2015
I happen to believe that for a couple to spend a few years in kollel is a wonderful way to start a marriage.

My Mother’s Story: Another Face of France

23 Shevat 5775 – February 11, 2015
We had heard bits and pieces of stories about the war years, but they were vague recollections of a young girl and other family members and we weren’t sure if they were real or imagined.

What’s Your Jewish Perspective? (Second Edition)

16 Shevat 5775 – February 4, 2015
Our current feature consists of two parts: (1) Israel and Jewish politics and (2) Jewish organizations.

Challenging The Status Quo

9 Shevat 5775 – January 29, 2015
Great leaders like Miriam and like Sarah Schenirer possess the capacity to challenge the status quo that confronts them.

A Mother-Son Bond That Transcended The Shoah

2 Shevat 5775 – January 21, 2015
“These are good matzah balls,” my aunt Robertine would say, but her sister Irma would counter “No, not compared to Mama’s. They were always so light yet they never fell apart.”

Martin Luther King And The Jews

24 Tevet 5775 – January 14, 2015
King was particularly concerned about the growing defamatory characterization of Zionism as racism, and he opposed the anti-Zionism in the “Black Power” movement.

The Long Journey Home: Rediscovering Emunah

17 Tevet 5775 – January 7, 2015
We shed many tears and had endless discussions as to what had gone wrong. What did we do or fail to do that caused our son to distance himself from what we viewed as so beautiful and meaningful?

Israel: A Democratic Jewish State?

10 Tevet 5775 – December 31, 2014
For nearly sixty-five years national self-definition has been the skeleton in the closet of Israeli politics and culture.

Herod: Hasmonean Death Knell

3 Tevet 5775 – December 24, 2014
He ruthlessly crushed the revolt, and, despite lacking official Roman sanction, ordered the rebel leaders put to death without trial.

Reflected Light

26 Kislev 5775 – December 17, 2014
For Am Yisrael, the sun’s movements are subservient to the purpose of our existence.

Bret Stephens: ‘America Must Be The World’s Cop’

19 Kislev 5775 – December 10, 2014
What’s important is to make the case for Israel more forcefully and to give it the articulation that the next presidential candidates ought to have.

The Jewish Ethic Of Personal Responsibility

12 Kislev 5775 – December 3, 2014
The brilliance of Yaakov’s approach – and by extension, any type of individual or group effort – is that it appealed to three different modes of salvation.

The World’s Greatest Jewish City

5 Kislev 5775 – November 26, 2014
Golden presents a compelling saga of poor but determined immigrants who fled pogroms and harsh conditions in their homelands for a better life in a land of opportunity.

An Author With A Knack For Controversy

27 Heshvan 5775 – November 19, 2014
You can’t say “Jewish French,” “Jewish British,” “Jewish Italian.” They are “French Jews,” “British Jews,” and “Italian Jews” – because they’re seen as Jews first and residents or citizens of their countries second.

Driven To The Truth

20 Heshvan 5775 – November 12, 2014
Where did this incredible strength come from? What drove these Jews, who had nearly lost all of their national identity and spiritual connectivity, to risk their lives by standing up against one of the strongest and most fearsome governments of its time?

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