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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

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

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?

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

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

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’

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

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

My good colleague Kay is wrong about the early demise of conspiracy theories and blood libels against the Jews.

Do Stones and Trees Command Muslims to Kill Jews? (Video)

If a Muslim sees a Jewish child hiding behind a stone and a voice comes from that stone, one can safely presume that he is suffering from an auditory hallucination.

Ed Koch, FDR, and the Holocaust

In a world of cynics and naysayers, where too many people almost instinctively assume the worst of their fellow citizens, our generation was fortunate to have Ed Koch.

To Provide And To Protect

I recently purchased a Glock 19. It is my first Glock but second firearm. My first is a slim, black pocket pistol, a Ruger LC9, which we keep in our safe. I practice shooting from time to time and trained for a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) as well.

Judith Butler Comes To Brooklyn College

Since the enemies of Israel neither slumber nor sleep, it should come as no surprise that at the center of the current storm over the acquiescence of Brooklyn College in an academically sponsored campus event designed to expel Israel from the family of nations stands Professor Judith Butler of the University of California.

Beyond Apologies: The British Blood Libel Cartoon

Apologies offered by the British Sunday Times for an anti-Semitic cartoon published on International Holocaust Remembrance Day address only one, albeit major, aspect of this issue.
Rabbi Norman Lamm

Reflections on the Divine Image

What does it mean when we say that man was created in the image of God?

Why Orthodox Jews Should Not Oppose Legalizing Same Sex Marriage

Orthodox Jews who benefit greatly from the freedom to practice their religion should in no way impose their religious beliefs on others.

Death and Fear are at Center of Islamic Society

The main concern of Muslim citizens in any Islamic state is staying safe, alive and away from being accused of doing or saying anything against Islamic teachings.

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