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Israel’s Pivotal Role in the Renaissance of Jewish Life

29 Tishri 5774 – October 3, 2013
The presence of a strong Israel gives credence to the Torah’s message that God is not finished with the people of the Covenant.

Good Bye, Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, and Kisses to the Little Gentiles

29 Tishri 5774 – October 2, 2013
A whopping 58% of Jews married between the years 2000 and 2013 have non-Jewish spouses. That's up from 17% in 1970.

Torah & Norman Solomon

The idea that all of the Torah was given to Moses on Sinai is complex, rife with textual, historical, and philosophical problems.

The Professor and the Hot Dog

The rest is commentary.

The Unpredicted Consequences of the German Elections

28 Tishri 5774 – October 1, 2013
Because of the "5% hurdle," Germany's new coalition will tilt be to the left, while voters clearly wanted Germany to turn to the right.

Al Qaeda Quickly Constructing Main Mideast Base in Syria

Jihad will spread outwards to the region, then threaten global security -- possibly with biological and chemical weapons.

Pure Joy – an Art Show

The art show represents its theme, the identity of joy in Judaism.

Iceland to Get its First Mosque

26 Tishri 5774 – September 30, 2013
The Muslim Association of Iceland now admits that foreign donors will be paying for the mosque's construction costs.

False Advertising, Jewish Morality and the Tobacco Industry

Big tobacco promotes one of the most addictive and life-threatening substances known to humanity.

Best of Times, Worst of Times

21 Tishri 5774 – September 25, 2013
As the Torah teaches, poverty will never be eradicated, nor will our obligation to assist those in need.

What the Syria Crisis Tells Us about the Israel Lobby

Rather than the “Lobby” running the administration, it is the administration that runs the “Lobby.”

Davening–Praying Can Be Good for your Health

The davener stands, sits, stands, bows, straightens up, turns, takes steps backward and forward, sits, stands, sits, stands, bows, and so forth.

Going Home

Before I knew it, we were suddenly busy with shopping, packing, and more shopping. My daughter was going to Israel.

The Only Commonality Is Mass Killing

The suicide bomber's education and attack preparations are diametrically opposed to that of mass killers, as is their socialization.

B”H, BS & BB

21 Tishri 5774 – September 24, 2013
A few hours after the murder, the Prime Minister issued a directive to allow Jews back into Beit HaMachpela immediately.

Go East

Muslims of the Far East see the Arab jihadis of the Middle East in much the same way that non-Orthodox Jews view Charedim.

Who Killed Sgt. Tomer Hazan?

19 Tishri 5774 – September 23, 2013
Amar had a very good reason to do what he did: it is a well established Israeli government policy that Israel will always negotiate with terrorists.

Keep the Hebron Show Going

People here develop "antennas" which pick up vibrations in the air, and the vibes were definitely there.

Freed Prisoners’ ‘Dignified Life Grant’ Awaiting Abbas’ Approval

14 Tishri 5774 – September 18, 2013
PM Hamdallah: "The PA will pay at least 4,000 shekels a month to prisoners released after serving a long prison term, and considers them to be returning soldiers."

Looking at the World with New Eyes

By the time I was 10, my mother and I had hitchhiked for thousands of miles and befriended hundreds of exceptionally strange people.

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