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School Choice, the Government, and You

As Jews, we assume a myriad of financial obligations in order to ensure that we live in accordance with the tenets of our faith. We give generously to our shuls and make charitable donations to various organizations that service the Jewish community. But one of the biggest investments we make is in our children’s future, as we enroll them in one of the many quality yeshivas our community boasts.

The Religious Significance of the Israeli Flag

A flag with the Star of David hung prominently in the synagogues of Prague since the mid-14th century, with the approval of their great rabbis.

‘That’s Just How It Is In The Knesset’

Last week, a few minutes after my stormy exchange with haredi members of Knesset, I went to what we in the Knesset call the "back cafeteria." It is not exactly a cafeteria but rather a lounge area behind the plenum where members of Knesset alone can enter.

Siyum: A Pivot Point In Time

The ticking of the clock is uniformly, maddeningly constant. Tick, tick, tick. In equal, perfectly differentiated, precise segments. One second after another. Tick, tick, tick. A minute. An hour. One day. Another. Then a week. A month. A year. A lifetime.

Love Song For A City

Jerusalem was never real to me. It was a name I came across in books of Bible stories as a child. If I’d ever tried to imagine it, it would have been like places in my books of fairy stories. I knew it was a city with crenellated walls, with domes and towers and minarets. In my mind, I saw it peopled with old men with long beards and flowing robes, and women with clay jugs precariously balanced on their heads.

Obama and the Red Line

With the Syrian government refusing to allow UN inspectors into the country it is difficult to see how indisputable proof of use of chemical weapons can be found

Orthodox Women May Stand to Lose Under Sharansky’s Proposal

If it is the sole solution to women's rights at the Kotel, an egalitarian section at the Kotel will ultimately make things harder for Orthodox feminists who are trying to assert their rights within a Halachic framework.

The Rise of China’s Militant Nationalism

The policy of engagement of China was enlightened, far-sighted, and generous.It was also a mistake.

I can’t Be Silent When a Fighter for Peace Is Attacked

You know, you don't have to fight every injustice under the sun, but you do have to fight for a fighter who stands up...

Call it What it is: Islamic Terrorism

Blaming America and appealing to a presumed guilt will not solve the problem of Muslim radicals wishing to infiltrate, dominate, Islamize and kill Western citizens.

Deal with Muslims in Strength and Respect, Not Peace and Equality

Islam's approach to God extends to all interpersonal relationships, which are based on honor.

Education by Murder in Boston

Unfortunately, we who live in democracies learn best about Islamism when blood flows in the streets.

Restoring the Image of George W. Bush

All Americans should take an interest in the accurate recognition of President Bush's good work.

From Joy to Sorrow and Back Again

I close my eyes and am transported back to Israel, where I spent the past six weeks.

Political Expediency…or Adjusting to Reality?

Do Israelis believe it’s OK for political aspirants to say whatever they feel is necessary to gain power?

How To Be More Than Just A Tourist On Your Next Visit To Israel

It’s always a blessing to visit Israel – even a greater one when your kids come along. Of course, once the family has been to Israel a number of times and all the best sites have been seen and the most important holy places and kevarim visited, what do you do with your family?

Can the Left Stand Up Against Anti-Semites?

We don’t normally pay much attention to what is published in Tikkun magazine, let alone what its editor Michael Lerner disseminates through his e-mail list. But occasionally Lerner’s tirades shine a light on the positions of the far left that illustrate exactly where some of Israel’s critics stand in a way that makes clear how they have made common cause with those who seek the Jewish state’s destruction.

Moral Incoherence In Irish Teacher’s Union Boycott

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), which represents some 14,500 members, voted in early April “to cease all cultural and academic collaboration with Israel, including the exchange of scientists, students and academic personalities, as well as cooperation in research programmes [sic].”

Tamerlan Tsarnaev: What’s in a Name?

Killed Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen Muslim, has been identified by the FBI as a “strong believer” in Islam, and...

Hamas’ Drug Lords

Hamas has brought misery, pain and destruction to Gaza, so Hamas’s alleged involvement in narcotics trafficking should not come as a shock to anyone.

Against the Current

Only recently, in his very last days, did Rabbi Ya’akov and his father Rabbi Ovadia Yosef become closer.

A Muslim Perspective: Boston’s Tragedy Must Not Generate More Hate

I also would like to strongly criticize those who express joy at the sight of horror in America.

The Brave Soldier from Auschwitz

As time went on, as would be expected of me, I lost more and more of my equipment—but not my gun or my tefillin.

Remembering Jackie Robinson’s Fight Against Anti-Semitism

Robinson witnessed the valuable contributions that Jews were making to the black community's struggle.

The Ultimate In Audacity

Last month United Torah Jewry MKs heckled a speech by Prime Minister Netanyahu and then walked out of the room. As the prime minister read out the names of the ministers in his new government, UTJ MK Yisrael Eichler shouted, “Jews don’t ban Jews” from the Knesset. (The reference was to demands by the Yesh Atid Party that haredi parties be excluded from Netanyahu’s new coalition.)

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