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Raising More Tolerant Children

10 Tevet 5772 – January 4, 2012
All responsible leaders in our community have roundly condemned the recent violence in Beit Shemesh and Meah Shearim.

Divided And Broken

I have always been proud of the Jewish people, even when I wasn’t Jewish. I’m a convert. I looked up to the Jews, to their strength in times of trial, to their faith when giving up all hope would have been more practical.

The Truth About Women In Israel

So Hillary Clinton thinks Israel does not treat its women nicely or respectfully enough. This is the same Hillary Clinton who never had much to say about the treatment of women in the Clinton White House.

Treat News Manipulators As Journalists?

Should Israel treat pro-Palestinian news manipulators as if they were serious journalists?

Whither Israeli Democracy?

In recent months a new theme has replaced the media’s past obsession with Israel’s alleged mistreatment of the Palestinians.

Being Good Neighbors to Syria’s Opposition

“Most Syrians see Assad as a greater enemy than Israel. Israel treats Arabs much better than Assad, especially in jail – they do not torture and mutilate like Assad does."

Why Hamas Wants To Join the PLO

4 Tevet 5772 – December 29, 2011
Those who think that Abbas's invitation to Hamas to join the PLO is a positive step for the peace process are deluding themselves.

Are We Better Off With Iraq in Turmoil?

With the U.S. troops gone, the power struggle in Iraq is reaching new levels.

Thou Shall Not Become Terrorists

3 Tevet 5772 – December 28, 2011
When analyzing the Arab-Israeli conflict, it is very easy to pinpoint the horrific acts of terror carried out by Palestinian terrorists as a critical issue that must be addressed before there can be any substantive conversations about a true and lasting peace agreement.

Unchaining The Agunah Problem

In producing "Women Unchained," a daring yet dignified film about women who can’t get a get – a Jewish divorce – filmmakers Beverly Siegel and Leta Lenik have done Jewish society a favor.

Proud To Be An American

When I was young, my father, like many of his generation, frequently remarked that America was the greatest country in the world. He was an immigrant who lost almost his entire family in the Holocaust. He came here with nothing and earned everything. He treasured his American citizenship, guarding his citizenship papers like others would guard heirloom silver.

Acquiescing To Our Enemies’ Lies

Newt Gingrich recently stunned the political and diplomatic establishments, the professional peaceniks and the entire Arab world by terming the Palestinians “an invented” people, presumably with a history fabricated solely to counter and then eradicate the Jewish national idea.

Betraying Ben-Gurion

It is ironic that Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel's only university bearing the name of the Jewish state's founding father, has become a hotbed of anti-Israel propaganda at the expense of proper scholarly endeavor.

Counterpoint: Christian Zionists Are a Threat

1 Tevet 5772 – December 27, 2011
It is both naïve and misleading to deny the serious costs involved in Israel’s unregulated relationship with impassioned evangelical Christians.

Jewish Candles: The Power Of Discernment

26 Kislev 5772 – December 21, 2011
And God said, Let there be light; and there was light. God’s first magnificent gesture was to create light. For Jews, light is glory, insight, wisdom, warmth. It is safety and it is hope.

Leaving The December Dilemma Behind

No matter our stage in life, one is seldom comfortable feeling left out. Unfortunately, many American Jews experience exactly that feeling each year as Christmas approaches. The term “December Dilemma” is used to describe the tension many Jews feel sitting on the sidelines, unable to fully enjoy or participate in the distinctly Christian themes and activities occurring all around.

Thomas Friedman and the New Anti-Semitism

Though The New York Times’s Thomas Friedman invariably characterizes himself as a friend of Israel, his Dec. 14 column illustrates the slippery slope along which critics of the Jewish state invariably slide as they attempt to shout down those with whom they disagree.

‘Palestinianism Inventivity’ as a Model For Assumed Nationalism

24 Kislev 5772 – December 20, 2011
inventivity is the foundation necessity of Palestinianism.

Point: Are Christian Zionists a Threat to Israel?

I will be happy to cooperate with friends of Israel, regardless of their theology, be they Muslim, Christian, Druze, Buddhist or whatever. The fact that there are some Christians who would like to convert Jews does not at all prove that all Christians embrace that agenda.

Gingrich And The ‘Invented People’

19 Kislev 5772 – December 14, 2011
Newt Gingrich is taking a lot of flack for telling a Jewish cable channel that the Palestinians are an “invented people.”

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