Living in a secular world where we are a tiny minority swimming in a sea of non-Jewish popular culture, it takes a nonstop conscious effort to ensure that Moriah knows who she is and what that means.
April 9 marked the 57th anniversary of events that took place in the Arab village of Deir Yassin in 1948.
The goal now must be to influence the Israeli government to allow for this option as well as for the option of protecting the religious sites in their original locations, under international law, with eventual access for Jews under the proper security precautions.
It's fascinating to realize that the Ramah was so perturbed by the disconnect between his understanding of correct halachic practice and the reality he witnessed around him that he postulated a highly improbable sociological phenomenon.
As irony would have it, democracy is now the biggest threat facing the so-called peace process between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
When Abraham Karp was in his early teens growing up in the Bronx, he traveled by subway on shopping trips to the Jewish book dealers on the Lower East Side with his father, Aaron, a furrier who never had much money.
According to Gibson, the "flogging" segment was "cut in half" and other gory moments toned down in the new version.
When four out of five of the members of the committee responsible for investigating grievances related to anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements have obvious biases in this area, it seems clear to me that the investigation is a travesty.
"There are unfulfilled expectations on both sides," says Fahmy. But despite the drawbacks of the status quo, Fahmy is right when he says it "is better than the alternative."
Catholic universities in the United States have in recent years shown a weakness for cultivating far-leftist anti-Semites and haters of America.
The kids not only come to love the animals but, mainly, they learn a tremendous lesson in responsibility.
Unlike some of the older Republican groups in this town, the Rockawayites are an amalgam of many viewpoints and had hoped to use this diversity to good political effect.
Addressing a few dozen people, Irving focused on his legal battle with Lipstadt, describing in detail how she and her lawyers had, in effect, destroyed his reputation and ruined his career.
Whether in the home or in governmental actions or ordinary social relationships, obedience can be achieved through teaching or example.
The foremost memory of John Paul II will be for his heart. When I conjure up an image of the pope, it is invariably in connection with some gesture of warmth and loving kindness to a child, to a widow, to the poor.
A very few of the very many Jewish professors at Columbia have been moved to oppose the systematic anti-Israel bias that pervades Columbia's teaching and to argue for the inadequacy of the "settlement" that appears to be in the offing.
Such is the inevitability when "activists" become so wrapped up in a cause that political ideology and sloganeering subsume their very identity.
The collapse of Israel's alleged democracy continues in dizzying fashion.
A week before I departed on a solidarity mission with my mother to Gush Katif with new York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, I was sitting in a restaurant in Brooklyn and told an Israeli waitress where I was going.
In 1977 Israel's criminal code was changed. Section 144A was added, making "racism" a crime.
An article in the Sunday, March 13, edition of the Times carried a particularly edifying front page piece on a relatively modern phenomenon: video press releases. UNDER BUSH, A NEW AGE OF PREPACKAGED NEWS has taken hold, blared the headline
"I have 25- 26- 27, even 32-year-olds who are still coming to me each Shabbos for candy," confided Shlomo Roberts, candyman at a large Upper West Side congregation popular with singles in their twenties and thirties.
"The Washington museum was created for the purpose of evoking emotional reaction. Yad Vashem is for the stoic and brave. Statesmen do not shed tears."
He in fact had calculated that period from the wrong time and was off by eleven years.
Although Vashti and Esther never meet, the relationship between them is integral to understanding the events of Megillat Esther. Vashti disappears by the end...