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The Rebbe’s Standing Orders

25 Tammuz 5764 – July 14, 2004
For chassidim, the last ten years have been painful. There is no question that we are orphans.

Mistrial, Israeli-Style

The IDF noted: "It is important to keep in mind the danger posed by the illegal, irresponsible, and dangerous behavior of the ISM group that led to the tragic death and sad results."

Another Day, Another Bus Ride

20 Tammuz 5764 – July 9, 2004
The security guard gets off the bus with a changed demeanor. His face is cold and professional, and he looks sharply at everyone sitting at the stop.

How ‘Halacha’ Evolves

19 Tammuz 5764 – July 7, 2004
It should also be noted that in all these cases the so-called halachic standards are not being determined by the gedolim everyone is supposedly following so faithfully but by the Jewish street.

“How Long Will This Nation Provoke Me…?”

I can almost hear these Divine words reverberating in our ears in Hebron today in response to the "disengagement" plan being accepted as official policy by the Israeli government.

Staying Alert, New York Times-Style

Just imagine the brouhaha if it came out, after such an event, that our government had advance information about a potential attack but hadn't fully publicized it.

Warsaw Ghetto Hero: “Every War With Fascism Is Our Business”

Edelman experienced evil many times in his long and distinguished life; he faced it and fought it bravely.

Arab Anti-Semitism: It’s Getting Personal

12 Tammuz 5764 – June 30, 2004
I later switched neighborhoods and hence corner stores but in a cruel twist of fate it turned out the Jew-Haters owned another store in the vicinity of my new address.

Frum And Frummer

Whereas in the past the Modern Orthodox ignored these warnings and continued to stand proudly in many worlds at once, increasingly they were influenced by their haredi co-religionists and began leaning back toward the right wing.

Pat Buchanan, Meet The Glushakows

Moe liked to joke that if he had known his squad was not right behind him, he would not have engaged in these solo heroics.

Islamist Barbarism And The Western Media

Palestinian suffering is also due to the fact that, for 56 years, 22 Arab countries have refused to offer citizenship to those refugees who fled what was, at the time, Jordan, Syria, or Egypt.

The Roots Of Resentment

Islam is as much a political system as a religion it being understood that both politics and belief are part and parcel of a larger whole.

Prisoner Abuse Scandal Shouldn’t Obscure Larger Issues

5 Tammuz 5764 – June 23, 2004
It is of singular importance to remember that under Saddam Hussein - in the very same prison now being scrutinized by the American authorities - rape, murder, cutting off of limbs, and whatever tortures the ingenuity of a technologically advanced society could devise, was a daily occurrence. The whole world knew of this Arab-on-Arab torture. Yet not a peep.

The Passion Of The Pharisees

Nowhere in the Torah will you find a commandment to wash one's hands in the morning, or to light Chanukah or Shabbos candles. These are not Biblical laws.

I Swear I Saw Them Cry

Wailing uncontrollably, the broken father and husband stood over the five graves about to swallow into its blackness, forever, his most precious treasures.

Immeasurable Faith Amidst Unspeakable Tragedy

It is hard to imagine such a strong person, someone to whose ankles we do not reach, a man who is living with such pain and suffering and says "only with emunah."

To Honor A Fallen Son Of Israel

Sara Newman announced that she didn't want one soldier to injure even a fingernail in recovering her son's ear, but nevertheless the army sent soldiers to search.

27 Sivan 5764 – June 16, 2004
Putting aside that "settlements" are neither illegal nor comparable to terror, the notion that Sharon is involved in a "massive building of settlements" is absurd.

The people from Christians for Israel, meanwhile, could not understand how Jews could applaud the brutal murder of eleven innocent people.

The Ghouls Of Palestine

It was a week that began with barbarism and ended with boundless stupidity.

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