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Lonely, Liberal, And Orthodox

5 Kislev 5765 – November 17, 2004
How did we come to embrace rejectionist labels and sound-bite government?

Arafat’s Untimely Death

The argument for releasing Barghouti is that he is a moderate who favors a peaceful solution.

A Window To The East

This pragmatic attitude stands in stark contrast with contemporaneous views in both Europe and the Islamic world.

The Message Of Israel: Always Go Forward

This eternal power of life has kept us going through many generations of trials and tribulations, both in our homeland and in exile.

Commissar, Drop Me Down!

Every time Israel loosens its grip, there follows a deadly act of terror.

Anti-Demographics

Those who argue that it is immoral to occupy another people and suppress their national aspirations fail to understand that in principle this form of liberal egalitarianism sounds nice; in the context of terrorism it is lethal.

More On Free – And True – Speech

I agree that the best way to oppose free hate speech is with free true speech.

On The Prohibition Of Water: An Appeal to Poskim

There are rabbinic decisors of stature who disagree with this stringent stance, relying on an attested and respected opinion recorded by earlier authorities that the water is permissible if the organisms in question are not discernible.

The Pope’s Disgraceful Tribute To Arafat

From the way world leaders reacted to the death of Yasir Arafat, you could be forgiven if you had mistakenly believed that Mother Theresa had died.

Voters 13, Gay Marriage 0. Now What?

27 Heshvan 5765 – November 10, 2004
If the Supreme Court sides with the states on this matter, it may take a while but I suspect all states will eventually amend their constitutions to reflect traditional values.

Nuking The Blues

The frightening details of the chemical and biological stockpiles he actually developed could fill books.

Sharon’s Unsettling U-Turn

Ariel Sharon's landslide victory over Ehud Barak in February 2001 was widely hailed by the right wing in Israel.

Self-Congratulatory Stupor: Celebrating 350 Years Of Jewish Life Shouldn’t Mean Ignoring Real Problems

Three-and-half centuries isn't much in terms of a people whose history can be traced about 3,000 years further back than the arrival of those 23 Jews in North America.

Biggest Scandal Since Watergate

Clinton's perjury was simply a liar doing what he did best, in front of the American people and America's elected officials.

The 3 Percent Who Would Not Say

The proof of the "unadmitted 3 percent" theory can be seen from looking at the late afternoon numbers in the Ohio and Florida exit polls.

Arafat’s Remains On The Temple Mount? Unthinkable

Secular Jews never thought a confrontation over the Temple site was worth it. Religious Jews felt that the sheer sacredness of the place rendered it off-limits.

What Will Happen To My Promise?

We returned home. People came and people went. But you, Daddy, you never came back.

The Problem’s Not Just Arafat

Just because Arafat will be gone, it doesn't mean the problems will be gone.

Making My Peace With Yizkor

How can you not be moved by an absolutely silent congregation of orphans listening intently to the chazan chanting,

True Speech Versus Free Speech

America prides itself on extending its civil rights, including that of free speech to racist groups and to their hate speech.

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