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Remembering Rabbi Dr. David Hartman

The Jewish world last month lost a master melamed with the passing of Rabbi Dr. David Hartman. I lost a trusted teacher and guide. Fortunate was I for the opportunity to study at his feet and be invited into his inner circle.

When Unity Reigned In A Diverse Orthodox Community

In 2007 my parents decided it was time to downsize and sell their home of more than thirty years. To help them pack up and move into their new apartment, I returned to Cleveland to offer my assistance.

A Holocaust Pageant that Was too ‘Political’ for FDR

Shattering the wall of silence surrounding the Holocaust was the first crucial step in the process of mobilizing the American public against the slaughter.

The Changing Middle East as Seen from AIPAC 2013

What this year’s AIPAC confab proves is that there is considerable mileage in the values Israel shares not just with the U.S. but with other western states like Canada.

Texting, Chatting, and that Thing We Used to Call a Relationship

As new tech gadgets evolve and old ones slowly fade away, good manners never go out of style.

When AIPAC Went AWOL

The age of Obama and Hagel needs the robust AIPAC of old.

A Hard Reckoning for Assad

Understanding that Iran has interests around the world which go beyond preserving his autocratic regime should be a hard reckoning for Bashar Assad, who has been loyal to the Mullahs and their agenda.

Arrow 3 and US-Israel Defense Cooperation

Once it becomes operational, the Arrow 3 will form another layer of defense over millions of Israelis.

A New Pan-Turkish Union with Israel and the Arabs as Equals

Imagine a union among the countries of the Middle East, the Caucasus and North Africa.

Seventy Years Later, White Rose Anti-Nazi Resistance Still Resonates

Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans and the student group White Rose protested Nazi atrocities, including the murder of Jews. In 1943, the Scholl siblings and their comrade Christoph Probst were caught, tried in a show trial and beheaded.

Protecting Religious Freedom

While I was tempted to support grants that might provide some relief to a number of shuls, I was not willing to trade that potential short-term benefit for the likelihood of real long-term harm to religious freedom protections.

Eating Disorders Can Strike Anyone. Now What Do We About It?

When people learn I suffered from an eating disorder they often are shocked for two reasons: How could such a vibrant, friendly, nice Jewish girl have had an eating disorder? And if I did, how am I able to talk about it so casually?

Respect for Rabbis in the Political Sphere

This is Torah. This is its rightful place in all our lives, both private and public.

Pink Anti-Semitism is Still Anti-Semitism

A 'pinkwashing' conference - focused on how Israel allegedly uses its protection of gay rights to cover up its treatment of Arabs - is being sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Studies Center at CUNY's Graduate Center this April.

Egypt’s Islamists Obsessed not Only With Power, but Sex too

Far from being the guardians of modesty and public morality, the Islamists are the worst offenders of sexual deviance and inappropriate public behavior.

Philadelphia’s Burqa Crisis

Government workers need to surmount their timidity and apply normal procedures even to those wearing full-body covers.

Rabbi Lau to Obama: Let Pollard Go

Despite the admissions and the remorse, Jonathan continues to remain in jail for a period of time unparalleled in its harshness.

Why Israel Should Recognize the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Israel must respond to its Western neighbor's recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Divine Hint: Netanyahu and Mofaz Must Lead against Iranian Threat

Coalition talks are mixing in Purim traditions to produce the obvious candidates.

Purim is a Good Time to Speak with Your Teens about Alcohol Abuse

Purim is a good opportunity to speak with our teenagers about the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse.

George Galloway, Purim and the Legacy of Amalek

He has never before uttered these words…at least not with a video camera present: “I will not debate an Israeli.”

It’s Not too Late to Save Bennett from Himself

If, God forbid, the Lapid-Bennett axis succeeds in forcing itself on Netanyahu "as is," we will have created the most formidable enemy of the settlements since the time of Yossi Sarid and Yossi Beilin.

Menachem Elon: The Sweet Revolutionary

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.

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