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Why Israel Has Shifted to the Right and Isn’t Coming Back

Israelis know that neither Fatah in the West Bank nor Hamas in Gaza will ever recognize Israel’s legitimacy no matter where its borders are drawn

From Hurricane Sandy To Sandy Hook: The Jewish Response To Darkness

Over the past few months the Jewish community in the New York metropolitan area has suffered great trauma and intense tragedy.

Israel’s State Of The Union: Resounding Successes, Looming Threat

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics has released its population data for 2012, the year that just ended. As usual, the trends are favorable. The total Israeli population rose to just under eight million, while the Jewish population for the first time rose to just over six million.

‘What Makes You Better Than Them?’

“In that case, what makes you better than the terrorists?” I often hear this question. It usually comes up after someone suggests that Israel ruthlessly defeat its enemies instead of maintaining its current wishy-washy approach of hiding behind security walls, wearing the enemy down, and offering land in an effort to advance peace.

The EU’s ‘IgNobel’ Policy on Israel

The EU has yet to appreciate the reality that the conflict continues because of the refusal of the Palestinians to accept the right of the State of Israel to exist.

How to Use American Influence

U.S. influence is markedly less than we – or our enemies – think it is, or ever thought it was.

How Obama is ‘Saving’ the Middle Class

What Obama means by 'saving' the Middle Class is turning them into welfare clients.

Talking Turkey, the Country

Freed of the military's oversight only in mid-2011, Erdoğan could win enough dictatorial power for him (or a successor) to achieve his dream and fully implement the Shari'a.

Israel Redefines Victory in the New Middle East

Israel is redefining its concept of military victory in a Middle East dominated by terrorist organizations turned quasi-state actors. Once, decisive, unmistakable victories, accompanied by...

I Say No to Netanyahu

This is nothing new: Netanyahu, following his election in 1996, divided Hebron and signed the Wye Accords.

The Ten Top Anti-Semites of 2012

The leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood top the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of top ten anti-Semites of the year.

Panel: Stop Charging Interest, Watch Prosperity Return

Hundreds of interest-free banks and credit unions, including Islamic banks, were largely unharmed by the current global crisis.

Settlements Won’t Harm US-Israel Relationship

When my late father, Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, was in office, neither Ronald Reagan nor George Bush agreed with his ideology.

Let’s Get Practical: Top Tips to Increase your Opportunities for Suggestions and Introductions

YUConnects fills the void by aiding individuals and communities in expanding their horizons and creating new opportunities.

There’s Nobody Here But Us Bennetts

Many forget that Netanyahu's score on his actions during the Disengagement was a floor hugging 14%.

What Happens When Yoga People Boycott Israel

"I won't go to her yoga training, she runs a program in Israel."

No One Is Born a Terrorist

Terrorism and radicalism cannot be defeated by the force of arms, no matter how technologically sophisticated or overwhelming it may be.

Irving Bunim: Torah Activist, Ardent Zionist

My father, businessman and philanthropist Irving Bunim, z”l, was one of the foremost leaders of American Orthodoxy during its formative years. When he passed away in December 1980, Reb Moshe Feinstein declared, “This is not an aveilus d’yachid [a private loss]; this has the halacha of aveilus d’rabim [a public loss] because [he] represented the rabim of Klal Yisrael [the Jewish pubic].”

Frank Macchiarola: Judeophile And Mensch

“His father, a sanitation worker who had never finished high school, moved his family to Jewish neighborhoods , so that his children might be...

No Place For A Chief Rabbi

In 1893, Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Vidrowitz was looking for an advantage in his struggle for leadership of the immigrant Orthodox community on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Two other outstanding rabbinical sages also aspired to have the final say among downtown’s religious Jews.

When Rebbetzin Jungreis Came To Town

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, standing on a stage recently in Baltimore, shone with grace. It wasn’t what she wore, it was how she wore it. Her inner grace and sheer presence made her simply stunning. The red velvet curtains that were her backdrop outlined the strength of character on her face and the dignity in her every motion.

Israel-EU Tension: the View from Europe

This month some of Israel’s strongest friends in Europe – Britain, France and Germany – summoned their ambassadors to protest the Jewish state’s construction decisions.

Hamastine: A Present from the UN to Khaled Mashaal

"Palestine," shouted Mashaal to his audience, was Arabic, Islamic, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River; his audience chanted its support.

Stop Citing Halachah

Using the term "Halacha" for policies which are not in fact Halacha, delegitimizes those who differ and causes ill-will towards Jewish law.

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