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.
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.
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.
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.
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.