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Irving Bunim: Torah Activist, Ardent Zionist

My father, businessman and philanthropist Irving Bunim, z”l, was one of the foremost leaders of American Orthodoxy during its formative years. When he passed away in December 1980, Reb Moshe Feinstein declared, “This is not an aveilus d’yachid [a private loss]; this has the halacha of aveilus d’rabim [a public loss] because [he] represented the rabim of Klal Yisrael [the Jewish pubic].”

Frank Macchiarola: Judeophile And Mensch

“His father, a sanitation worker who had never finished high school, moved his family to Jewish neighborhoods , so that his children might be...

No Place For A Chief Rabbi

In 1893, Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Vidrowitz was looking for an advantage in his struggle for leadership of the immigrant Orthodox community on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Two other outstanding rabbinical sages also aspired to have the final say among downtown’s religious Jews.

When Rebbetzin Jungreis Came To Town

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, standing on a stage recently in Baltimore, shone with grace. It wasn’t what she wore, it was how she wore it. Her inner grace and sheer presence made her simply stunning. The red velvet curtains that were her backdrop outlined the strength of character on her face and the dignity in her every motion.

Israel-EU Tension: the View from Europe

This month some of Israel’s strongest friends in Europe – Britain, France and Germany – summoned their ambassadors to protest the Jewish state’s construction decisions.

Hamastine: A Present from the UN to Khaled Mashaal

"Palestine," shouted Mashaal to his audience, was Arabic, Islamic, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River; his audience chanted its support.

Stop Citing Halachah

Using the term "Halacha" for policies which are not in fact Halacha, delegitimizes those who differ and causes ill-will towards Jewish law.

Netanyahu Is Afraid, Very Afraid… of Bennett

Have Feiglin and Hotoveli never heard about the Likud's expulsions of Jews and destruction of Jewish homes?

Taking Advantage of the Siege of Jerusalem

Jerusalem's besiegers are a captive audience. It's time for Israel to speak.

Hamas Hates Fatah, Sunnis Hate Shiites, But They All hate Jews So Much More

It is entirely possible for two parties to hate each other, but to agree they hate you more.

The Livni Intifada

The Israeli Left is incentivizing the Palestinians to refuse negotiations and potentially use violence against Israel.

It’s Official: Britain’s Muslim Population Doubled

The national census for England and Wales has come out, and, as usual, this once-a-decade event has had all of its most significant points overlooked.

You Can’t Have a True Muslim State without Freedom, Democracy, Music, Art and Science

Christians and Jews would be enjoying freedom, peace and safety in a truly Muslim State.

Stop Messing with our Children

The American political and social divides are trickling down to our schools and placing horrific pressure on our kids.

A Christian Living in New Zealand Apologizing for his Government’s Divestment

In 1948 we stood by the Jewish people but now, for the sake of oil and meat sales, things have changed.

Avigdor Liberman And The Politicized State Attorney’s Office

In 1999, Benjamin Netanyahu, in his first go-round as prime minister, lost his reelection bid to Ehud Barak, much to the delight of Israel's conscripted media and of many in its judicial system.

On Israel, Obama Brings Moynihan To Mind

Those who view American-Israel relations through a dualistic “are you pro-Israel or anti-Israel” lens must be confused. In one week, the United States stands virtually alone with Israel against the Palestinians’ upgrade of their status at the United Nations, then immediately condemns Israel’s settlement expansion.

Learning From Mistakes: A Counterintuitive Approach

It was the late Abba Eban who famously said that "the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." In his time that was for the most part true, and it arguably worked for Israel's benefit, particularly when Israel found itself in a tight diplomatic squeeze.

The Adventures of the Jewish Nurse in the Land of Israel

Thoughts and proposals on the ongoing nurses’ strike in Israel.

In Israel’s Election Campaign Telling the Truth Is against the Law

A number of radical leftist approached the chairman of the Central Election Committee...

Post-Chanukah Musings at the Maccabees’ Hometown

How could we have been standing those 200 yards away on this incredibly meaningful site, in the town where the Maccabees’ efforts assured Jewish continuity and be in the dark?

The European Union: A Palestinian Pawn

The EU has been following the PA line in condemning Israeli construction in E-1, calling for Palestinian unity, and voting for a unilateral Palestinian state.

Syrian Rebels in Control of Border Area with Israel

Although the wider regional implications of Assad's pending collapse remain unknown, the fall of the Alawite regime will undoubtedly strike a major blow to Iran.

The Unbearable Silence about the Jewish Refugees

Today, fewer than 4,500 Jews remain in Arab countries. Israel absorbed and integrated 600,000 of the more than 850,000 who left.

The US Should Learn from Israel How to Permit, Not Outlaw Guns

Jews have an obligation to fight laws that would ban their access to guns.

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