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Menachem Elon: The Sweet Revolutionary

11 Adar 5773 – February 20, 2013
The late Israeli Supreme Court judge Menachem Elon, was a pioneer of Jewish and Israeli law.

A Student Remembers Justice Menachem Elon

Israel – the land and the nation – lost a giant earlier this month with the passing of Justice Menachem Elon, a monumental talmid chacham who served on the Israeli Supreme Court from 1977-1993, and as its deputy president from 1988-93, bringing a deep Torah viewpoint to the highest tiers of the Israeli judiciary.

What I Learn From My Super Son

There is always some tension surrounding Super Bowl Sunday as one decides whether to watch the big game with friends or go it alone. I have a friend who makes a compromise. He watches the first half with friends – or, as he explains, “the novices,” those who aren’t “real” fans – but the second half, generally the more intense part of the game, he watches alone.

From Sderot To Newtown To Shushan: Placing Tragedy In Perspective

I have two homes. My first home is Connecticut, a place of rustling oaks and sprawling backyards. My second home is Israel.

Pope Benedict’s Contribution To Catholic-Jewish Relations

The election or the demise of a pope is always an event of enormous public interest that resonates well beyond the Catholic world. This was certainly the case when the newswires flashed their bulletin that Pope Benedict XVI had taken the unprecedented step of resigning because of age and ill health, becoming the first pontiff in more than six centuries to do so.

Will a Notorious Anti-Semite Become the Next Pope?

If Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga were to be elected pope, much of the good work done by recent popes in building bridges between the Catholic Church and the Jews would be endangered.

France in a State of National Depression

9 Adar 5773 – February 19, 2013
Indicative of the national mood, the French are the world's largest consumers of anti-depressants.

On Eve of Obama’s Visit, the Right is Silent

9 Adar 5773 – February 18, 2013
The Right is complacent, perhaps because everyone is busy with the Herculean task of assembling the next governing coalition.

The Iran-North Korea Connection

If the Mullahs can simply buy a usable and tested bomb design from North Korea, they could transform their status into a nuclear weapons state overnight.

Did Brooklyn College’s Political Science Department Violate the First Amendment?

7 Adar 5773 – February 17, 2013
What happened at Brooklyn College demonstrates the wisdom of keeping academic departments from sponsoring non-academic hate fests, such as the BDS event.

An Agunah Day Message To A Jewish Grandmother

4 Adar 5773 – February 13, 2013
You are the mother of a me’agen – a young man who has turned his wife into an agunah. Sometimes a person in your situation can get so caught up in defending her position or her son's position that she fails to realize there is no longer a battle.

With The Difference-Makers at Davos

Many think the World Economic Forum is like a meeting of the United Nations, where politicians and other decision makers meet to speak. Not many know that the WEF, launched as a not-for-profit organization in 1971 by Klaus and Hilde Schwab, is something completely different: a place where people come to listen.

The UN’s Partisan Diplomacy

Whether it emanates from world leaders or media reports, there is a barrage of public opinion chastising Israel for policies that supposedly impede the path to peace in the Middle East.

Where’s the Money?

Once Knesset Members have made cuts to their own salaries, it will be much easier to cut away at the fat that is choking the budget.

The Jewish Cemetery in Saudi Arabia

3 Adar 5773 – February 12, 2013
A cemetery in an oil rich province of Saudi Arabia may be the last vestige of Jewish life there.

Is Turkey Leaving the West?

Erdoğan's Turkey is no longer a trustworthy partner for the West but more like a mole in its inner sanctum.

Modern Orthodox, Feminist and Proud

I see no contradiction between being a feminist and being modern orthodox.

Myths and Realities of the ‘Shidduch Crisis’

2 Adar 5773 – February 11, 2013
Many singles are not facing a crisis of shidduchim but a crisis of identity, wrestling with existential questions most families simply do not have the time to consider.

The High Cost of Defending Israel

1 Adar 5773 – February 10, 2013
Many pro-Israel young academics refuse to speak up out of fear that they will be subjected to the same kind of McCarthyite tactics that I am subjected to.

What Jonathan Kay Got Wrong

30 Shevat 5773 – February 9, 2013
My good colleague Kay is wrong about the early demise of conspiracy theories and blood libels against the Jews.

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