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Prosecutor in Ferguson Case: ‘Witnesses Lied Under Oath’

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PA Arabs Clash with IDF Soldiers in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria

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Rocket Fire Returns to Southern Israel – Again!

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Hamas on the Temple Mount

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Hezbollah Tries ‘Mossad Spy’ in Top Ranks

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Latest Election Poll

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‘Powerful Coalition’ of ISIS, Al-Qaeda is Narrowly Averted

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Teen Terrorist in Court for Wounding Baby

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Ashdod Mystery: Four Found Unconscious

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Liberman’s Secret Plan to be Crowned Prime Minister

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Hanukkah Miracle Brings ’770′ Stabbing Victim Home

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Road Terror Attack on Southern Israeli Bus

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UN General Assembly Votes to Refer N. Korea to ICC

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US Dept of Defense Trains Teachers in 3-D Printing

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Obama Negotiated with Cuba ‘Behind Everyone’s Back,’ Lawmakers Charge

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Posted on: May 21st, 2008

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“Rebbi.” One of the most beautiful words in the Hebrew language is “rebbi” – “my Torah teacher.” It is a title earned through Torah knowledge the teacher must possess and then transmit, through love, to his students. The word is said with respect and affection of the highest nature. It bonds rebbi and student together like no other word.

 

Posted on: May 21st, 2008

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President George Bush is singing his swan song. There are several verses to that song. One verse has decidedly Middle Eastern overtones. And that explains the president’s trip last week to the Middle East, occasioned by Israel’s 60th anniversary.

 

Posted on: May 21st, 2008

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Shmuel Katz, a”h – underground leader, member of the first Knesset, publisher, historian, biographer and essayist – passed away May 9 in Eretz Yisrael at the age of 93. Katz was the most trenchant political thinker modern Israel has produced. His career was marked by a selfless political integrity; indifferent to personal advantage, he sought only the good of Israel and the Jewish people.

 

Posted on: May 21st, 2008

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I have long believed the world would be much better off if Hollywood airheads would stick to entertainment and never pretend to be intellectuals, spouting off with their "ideas" about politics, diplomacy, etc.

 

Posted on: May 19th, 2008

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I find the Orthodox Jewish approach to problem-solving fascinating, in a dark sort of way. It consists of a series of steps that looks something like this:

 

Posted on: May 14th, 2008

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Recent congressional hearings about the destruction, by Israel’s air force, of a Syrian-North Korean nuclear facility has shed light on the mutually beneficial nature of U.S.-Israel relations.

 

Posted on: May 14th, 2008

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In the course of a lengthy essay in The Atlantic, writer Jeffrey Goldberg quotes an encounter he had with a Gazan imam named Ibrahim Mudeiris, who had just delivered a sermon in which he had described the Jews as “the sons of apes and pigs.”

 

Posted on: May 14th, 2008

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A recent CNN poll ranks President George W. Bush as the most unpopular president in modern American history. The key figure is not Bush’s 28 percent approval rating – which, though dismal, is not as poor as the all-time lows set by Harry Truman (22 percent) and Richard Nixon (24 percent) – but his disapproval rating, which has soared to 71 percent. No president had ever cracked the 70-percent ceiling.

 

Posted on: May 14th, 2008

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Numerous historians consider the Spanish Civil War that broke out in July 1936 a prelude to World War II. Spain, with a population of 28 million, became a bloody battleground of conflicting forces testing their arsenals in preparation for the battle of the giants that was to emerge shortly.

 

Posted on: May 14th, 2008

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The other day I met a young Orthodox Jew who approached me in Manhattan to say hello.

 

Posted on: May 7th, 2008

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Patience is something we sometimes have too little of, but when it comes to history it is often a trait we need in abundance.

 

Posted on: May 7th, 2008

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Earlier this month, at a Los Angeles event for the national African-American fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi, the keynote speaker launched into an anti-Semitic tirade – directed at the fraternity’s guest of honor. The shocking episode shows just how far we’ve strayed from the original vision of the civil rights movement – and how far we have yet to travel to realize that vision.

 

Posted on: April 30th, 2008

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The Democratic Party’s preoccupation with the question of when America will leave Iraq rather than with how America will win in Iraq reminds me of how and why this nearly lifelong liberal and Democrat became identified as a conservative and Republican activist.

 

Posted on: April 30th, 2008

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It’s about 6 p.m. on May 14, 1948, and a friend and I are leaving a UNESCO conference in San Francisco to catch the train back to Berkeley.

 

Posted on: April 30th, 2008

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Over the past few years, the term nakba (also spelled naqba) has become the favorite nonsense word of the Anti-Israel Lobby.

 

Posted on: April 30th, 2008

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Israel is about to turn 60 and the silence, outside of the Jewish community, is deafening.

 

Posted on: April 23rd, 2008

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I wrote in early 2001, “Now we are all Israelis.” The Intifada against Israel the world chose to ignore became a global Intifada against civilization. In 2002-2003, I wrote that anti-Zionism was the new anti-Semitism, that decades of increasingly lethal propaganda against Israel had finally turned the Jewish state into the Jew of the World.

 

Posted on: April 23rd, 2008

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Israel’s behavior in recent decades reminds me of three anecdotes. The first concerns a businessman, a teacher and an engineer who were captured by enemy forces and condemned to death by hanging. Each was asked how he preferred to be hanged – head- or feet-up. The businessman replied that head-up was preferable. He was hanged accordingly, but the gibbet collapsed and he was freed. The teacher followed the businessman’s choice; the gibbet collapsed again and he was also saved.

 

Posted on: April 23rd, 2008

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We are in the month of Nissan, the month of Redemption. How we yearn for the geulah. As our Exile becomes more painful and our hearts ache with sorrow, grief and fear, many of us find ourselves crying out to our Father in Heaven:

 

Posted on: April 23rd, 2008

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It has been estimated that more than half of the millions of Jews caught up in the Holocaust observed the mitzvot, the commandments of the Torah, in their daily lives prior to the advent of the Nazis. Did this commitment to halacha, the “way” of Jewish religious law, crumble and disintegrate under the pressures of the Final Solution? Or did halacha continue to bring not only some semblance of order, but of meaning, sanity, and even sanctity, into their lives?

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