Chillul Tefila Bifarhesia, as well as halachicly challenged verbiage and dress, are external manifestations of a critical lack of personal yiras shomayim which has lethal consequences.
Eye On Kerry
I appreciate the careful scrutiny of John Kerry that one finds in your editorials and among many of your columnists. This is one shifty, arrogant politician, and I fear for America’s future – and, by extension, Israel’s – should he be elected president. Kerry’s wife is another potential problem – the groups to which she gives huge amounts of money are disproportionately leftist and not exactly friendly to Israel.
Please don’t let up keeping your eye on Kerry. Publicize every mean-spirited attack he makes against President Bush and every flip-flop he performs as he tries to fudge his decades-old record as one of the most liberal men in American public life.
New York, NY
Unfair Criticism Of Clinton Administration
I must take issue with your April 2 editorial excoriating the Clinton administration for not mounting a military campaign against Al Qaeda after the 1998 embassy bombings because of its fear that “such a move would not have been supported by the international community.”
Hindsight is 20-20. The fact of the matter is that the Clinton administration took terrorism quite seriously. I don’t recall any opponents of President Clinton condemning him at the time for not
being tough enough on terrorism. Nor is there any recollection of then Governor Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign criticizing the administration for being soft on terror. On the
contrary, the administration was widely praised for its handling of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Within a matter of days, the major suspects were apprehended and, soon after, the plot to bomb New York’s bridges and tunnels was foiled with the arrest of Sheikh
Yes, it is plainly obvious with post-9/11 hindsight that both the Clinton and Bush administrations should have done more. But it is disingenuous to blame only the Clinton administration when clearly the current administration did not expand upon the Clinton
administration’s anti-terrorism efforts pre- 9/11, and, in fact, may have actually de-emphasized U.S. anti-terrorism policy, at least according to former presidential adviser Richard Clarke.
Not only would U.S. military action in 1998 not have had the support of the international community, it would not have had the support of the American people, as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld readily admitted in his testimony before the 9/11 commission. Just as it took the attack on Pearl Harbor for President Roosevelt to get our country into World War II, it unfortunately took the devastation of September 11 to make Americans realize just how
serious the threat from terrorism really is.
Danger From Muslim Extremists In U.S.
According to a recent study by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), 80-85 percent of Muslim mosques in America preach extremist views. Imagine if 80-85 percent of white Christian churches held Ku Klux Klan rallies and supported racist white groups. The media would be going crazy, and rightfully so. So the question is, why are the media silent when comes to addressing the Islamic extremism that most mosques in America preach?
Consider: If 80-85 percent of mosques hold extremist views, that probably means that 85 percent of the mosques were celebrating when the twin towers fell. If that thought doesn’t get you mad and make you want to stop Islamic extremism in the United States, then maybe you should move to Saudi Arabia.
It is high time that our government address the issue of Islamic extremism in America’s mosques. Only a handful of elected officials are willing to strongly tackle the Muslim extremists in this country. One of them is Rep. King. Please e-mail him at email@example.com and urge him to continue tackling the deadly and dangerous issue of Muslim extremists on our shores. Maybe, we can organize protests outside the hateful mosques that support the slaughter of non-Muslims. Or better yet, maybe the FBI could raid those mosques that spew Islamic extremist views.
After the mosques that support terror are confronted, we must immediately stop legal and illegal immigration from Muslim countries that are breeding grounds for Islamic extremist views. The last thing America needs is even more terrorists and their supporters living in our country. Sooner or later, we will suffer the consequences for our actions – or our inaction. And, I can assure you, those consequences will be deadly.
As students, we sit at our desks in our constant quest for academic excellence. We thirst to gain greater knowledge as we study and benefit from the wisdom of our teachers.
Imagine the following scenario: You are studying late one night when suddenly you hear a loud bang. Soon after, chaos breaks loose. At first you are bewildered. You run to the door to see what is going on. To your horror, you are in the line of fire of a terrorist’s machine gun. Providentially for you, you are protected by a concrete doorpost. Many others are not as lucky. There are no weapons in the study hall; therefore, you are unable to stop the terrorist from massacring your fellow students. The terrorist throws grenades into the room. You quickly run to a corner and pray to G-d that all of you will survive.
Moments later, you see a grenade land five feet from you. You stare at it for what seems like hours, not knowing when it will explode and end your life. Fearing the inevitability of disaster, you cover your head and pray once again. Abruptly it blows up. Sharp pain spreads throughout your body. Suddenly, you are soaring through the air. When the helicopter arrives at Tel Hashomer Hospital you are rushed into the emergency room. Your chest and your arms are in horrible pain. The doctors explain to you that you had been sprayed with shrapnel. You suffered hearing loss in both ears, and nerve damage to the left side of your body. Your arms took most of the damage, but one piece had hit the center of your chest. No exit wound was found. The doctors say there was no shrapnel in your chest. They tell you that, miraculously, it bounced off your sternum.
This sounds like a nightmare that could never transpire. My friend Netanel Bluth would probably have said the same thing. Unfortunately, it happened to him.
On March 7, 2002 a terrorist penetrated the community of Atzmona in Gush Katif. This hate-filled individual waited for four hours, until the study hall was full of students. He then kicked down the door, threw at least five grenades, and started firing his automatic assault rifle. Twenty-three students were injured. Five were killed.
Last month, on the anniversary of this act of terror, my thoughts turned to my friend’s suffering. I thanked the Almighty for his miraculous recovery. Concurrently, my prayers were extended on behalf of those who were not as fortunate. I understand that I will never truly comprehend the loss that terror victims and their families endure. I will, however, remember the five students murdered that evening, the 24th of Adar. They were Asher Marcus, Tal Kurtzvail, Eran Picard, Arik Robiak, and Ariel Zana, zichronam l’vracha.
May their memories help me understand the horror generated by the appeasement of terrorists. At the same time, may I truly appreciate the enormity of the Jewish sacrifice for our holy land.
Joshua M. Rolnick
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The importance of the caucus on organ harvesting in China, sponsored recently by the Liberal Lobby in the Knesset, cannot be exaggerated. On the surface, the caucus’s topic seems odd. Knesset members and other VIPs were called together to discuss horrors being perpetrated by the Communist regime in China against what the government there calls “regime opponents.”
My mother, the eldest daughter of Reb Yaakov Kamenetsky, zt”l, was niftar last month at the age of 92. She took her last breath in her home in Efrat, Israel, next door to the shul that was my father’s for 24 years before his passing in 2007.
It comes down to his being famous.
Following the Boston Marathon bombing, one crucial point will likely remain overlooked. The most loathsome aspect of this or any other terror bombing attack on civilians will always lie in the inexpressibility of physical pain. While all decent people will abhor the idea of bombs expressly directed at the innocent, whether here or in other countries, none will ever be able to process the very deepest horrors of what has been inflicted.
It’s only natural to see increasing evidence of Jerusalem’s glorious Jewish past being unearthed, quite literally, under modern Israeli sovereignty. The new archaeological finds are also very timely – as the Arab onslaught attempting to detach Jerusalem from its Jewish roots gains steam, the facts on the ground, or “under” the ground, show quite otherwise.
The Talmud (Berachot 26b) says, “tefillot avot tiknum” – “prayer was established by the avot.” The Talmud then uses the following verse (Bereshit 19:27) to prove how Avraham established prayer: “Vayaskem Avraham baboker el hamakom asher amad sham et pnei Hashem” – “And Avraham got up early in the morning to the place where he had stood before God.”
Nearly 13 years ago, then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak journeyed to Camp David to end the conflict with the Palestinians. With the approval of President Clinton, he offered Yasir Arafat an independent Palestinian state in almost all of the West Bank, Gaza and in part of Jerusalem. Arafat said no.
The news that the Internal Revenue Service unfairly targeted conservative groups has brought renewed spotlight on a 2010 lawsuit filed by the pro-Israel group Z Street, which alleges it was also singled out by the IRS when applying for tax-exempt status.
In an editorial last week (“Circling the Wagons”) we noted the efforts by the administration and its supporters to dismiss allegations that the government’s spin on the Benghazi attack was designed to shield the president and that the IRS was improperly used to stifle opposition to Mr. Obama’s reelection.
As the controversies besetting the Obama administration continue to grow in number and intensity, the prospect that President Obama would seriously consider military action against Iran, should that country continue its drive to become a nuclear power, becomes more and more remote. So we welcome the current enhancement of sanctions against Iran on the federal and New York State levels.
To his parents’ friends, he was “Mrs. Greenberg’s disgrace,” but to sports fans he is one of the greatest – if not the greatest – Jewish baseball players of all time. Long before Sandy Koufax, Hank Greenberg excited Jewish sports fans with his prowess on the baseball diamond.
To eat is to live – to keep our physical bodies alive. For without the body, there is nothing. No experience. No memory. No joy and no hardship. But man, unlike animals, eats to live and to enjoy. So how should a Jew respond when he is challenged as to why he imposes upon himself not just ceremonies dedicated to the enjoyment of eating but even more to the limiting of what he can eat?
Neither Secretary of State Kerry nor the president he serves seem to understand Russia’s goals in the Middle East.
You might think that six Khamenei followers might split the hardline vote but don’t worry as that will be taken care of in the ballot-counting if necessary.
Let’s think what OUR interest is, and act according to it.
This past Friday, I went shopping at a local supermarket and noticed a piece of paper on the floor with what looked like Hebrew lettering. On closer examination, I was shocked to see that this small pamphlet with some form off advertising contained the full text of “Krias Shma al Hamitta,” (the Shma Israel recited [...]
Dear Editor, I read with interest Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu’s February 24, 2013 article entitled, Women of the Wall Rabbi Calls Knesset Achashverosh. In 2003, the Israeli Supreme Court issued a decision that allows Women of the Wall to pray at the Kotel once a month on Rosh Hodesh. That is why Women of the Wall only [...]
Today is my brother’s second yartzheit and a Torah was dedicated in his memory.
I know that some people in heterosexual families see themselves as underdog victims harassed by threatening gays.
In Praise Of Marc Shapiro (I) I thoroughly enjoyed Elliot Resnick’s interview with Professor Marc Shapiro (“Things Once Taken For Granted Are Now Considered Unacceptable,” April 27). It’s a real credit to The Jewish Press that the article ran at all, which is a sad commentary on the state of Orthodoxy today and the fearful, [...]
Correct Distinctions Kenneth Levin’s April 20 front-page essay (“The Empty Rage of Jewish ‘Progressives‘“) makes precisely the correct distinctions between Alvin Rosenfeld’s monograph and the responses of his detractors. If they don’t want to be lumped together with self-styled progressives who delegitimize Israel, they should watch the company they keep. Richard Sherwin(Via E-Mail) No Debate Lately there [...]
Independence Day The celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut is a declaration that the Nazis failed to obliterate four millennia of Jewish life. But while we’ve earned the right to rejoice, let there be no illusions. Once again, the very nations that stood idly by while millions of innocent Jews were slaughtered are jeopardizing Israel’s survival. The [...]
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