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Refocusing On The Haggadah Narrative

For all of the difficulties Israelis encounter these days, the greatest sometimes appears to be the implacable nature of this conflict in which they find themselves still embroiled. Despite the best intentions of a generation of would-be peacemakers and a host of concessions on the part of Israel, Arab opinion seems even more set in its determination to depict Israel as an evil oppressor. Indeed, the long record of Israeli peace offers and concessions since the signing of the Oslo peace accords in 1993 has, if anything, seemed to encourage the demonization of both the Jews and their state.

Don’t Consign Austin Corbin To Oblivion

The Torah tells us, in Parshat Ki Teitzei, Devarim 25:17, that we should “wipe out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” And yet it immediately concludes with the statement “you should not forget.” In order not to forget, each year before Purim we have a special reading of the Torah reminding us of what Amalek did to us in the wilderness as we were fleeing Egypt. Twice a year in the weekly Torah cycle we are reminded of Amalek. On Purim we read Megillat Esther, which chronicles the evil deeds of Haman, a direct descendent of Amalek. Children in yeshivas regularly learn in Tanach about the wars of Amalek with the Israelite kings, which occurred centuries after the Hebrews’ initial encounter with the Amalekites.

Sheldon Adelson’s Umbrella

Sheldon Adelson is again under attack in the media. This time the billionaire is being criticized for his effort to target Jewish voters in swing states including Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Is the Western Wall Judaism’s Holiest Site?

When did the Kotel become the holiest Jewish site? Historical evidence suggests that the Temple Mount was actually Judaism's "holy of holies," and that the Kotel's venerated position is a relatively late development with a more prosaic and even non-Jewish origin. Should these facts change the tenor of the debate about the Western Wall's future status?

Wall-to-Wall Agreement at Last: The Pal Arab Kleptocrats and the Devastation they Wreak

Millions of dollars are stolen in the ongoing scandal of Palestinian corruption via willfully-gullible European governments, and a co-operative United States in a Rewards for Terror scheme.

The Folly of Proportionate Warfare

Before it became a UN cliché, “disproportionate force” was how wars were won. Unconditional surrender was once the goal of war. Half-hearted warfare is precisely what the UN wants to impose on Israel.

Media Do Hamas’ Dirty Work, Claim Israel Is Killing ‘Protesters.’ That’s A Lie.

The media’s willingness to do Hamas’ dirty work in distributing their propaganda is horrendous. These are not protesters being killed. These are rioters attacking a sovereign nation’s border and attempting to harm its soldiers.

The WORST Agreement in U.S. Diplomatic History

The devil's not in the details; It’s in the entire Iran nuke deal, animated by Obama’s delusions

In The Past We See Our Future

The past is never dead. It’s not even past. – William Faulkner We Jews are a people of memories. Our past defines who we are. The past infuses our religious lives with context, purpose and meaning. How could we be if not for knowing how we were?

Modernizing Modern Orthodoxy

Take the most creative and modern-minded adherents, and make sure they have a place for their creative ambitions.

So Progressive: anti-Israel Activists Find Common Ground with the Alt-Right

The alt-left’s eagerness to embrace the alt-right’s fantasy of Israel shows how alike both fringes are: the alt-right wants a white state without Jews, the alt-left wants a world without a Jewish state.

Ahmadinejad Wasn’t Too Impressed

On the threat from Iran, there is some good news, some bad news and some even worse news. The good news: Both presidential candidates think the prospect of Iran going nuclear is a bad thing.

Crystal Ball 2018

My diplomatic-political forecast for 2018: No war and no election in Israel, no division of Jerusalem, and no European support for Iranian protesters. I hope to see steps toward Arab-Israeli peace, and to see Saudi women driving – all the way to Israel.

Rolling With The Punches

Changing plans needn't be a frustrating experience. Sometimes the new path proves far more rewarding

Talmud: How a 1500-Year-Old Subject Teaches Critical 21st Century Thinking Skills

When learning Talmud, history and geography suddenly come alive as generations unite and converse in one classroom.

The Alawites and the Future of Syria

The Alawites are a small, historically oppressed people, whose political future will determine whether Syria remains united in some form or disintegrates into even smaller ethnic and religious entities. As they will play such an important role, America, Israel, and other forces interested in the future of Syria might do well to get to know them, their concerns, and how others can best come to terms with them.

New York’s Proposed Education Investment Tax Credit And What It Means For Yeshiva Parents

Under the current proposal, an Educational Scholarship Organization must be a not-for-profit organization that distributes at least 90% of the scholarship contributions it receives.

Against the Current

Only recently, in his very last days, did Rabbi Ya’akov and his father Rabbi Ovadia Yosef become closer.

Learning From The Larry Nassar Case

For those who still dismiss or downplay reports of abuse and say the abuser made a mistake and should be given another chance because he will do teshuvah – repent – the Nassar case proves otherwise.

Why Purim Is Forever

Why is Purim eternal? I would suggest that Purim is the prototype of the End of Exile, and as such will remain forever linked to the Era of Mashiach that will occur after the Final Redemption. Therefore, Purim will be part of that entire period at the culmination of history.

The Lone Wolf is the New Face of Terror — So Where’s the Silver...

Those who naively boasted a few short weeks ago that “ISIS had been defeated,” must come to the realization that these sorts of low-tech attacks — Paris, London, Belgium, San Bernardino, Nice, Istanbul, Barcelona and Manhattan — are the new and deadly face of terrorism.

We Are Not ‘Lost to Secularism’

The reason young people like myself are leaving Modern Orthodoxy is that our education has succeeded beyond compare.

The Solace Of Lost Siddurim

Since my son, Ariel Avrech, z”l, died, much of my waking and sleeping life – I dream of him often – is taken up with assembling images of him. Ariel was niftar almost four years ago, but I have experienced what I’ve come to call “post-traumatic loss syndrome.” These are stages of mourning, but they are more complex and baffling than the standard ones put forth in the research I’ve read.

Time For ‘Open Orthodox’ Congregations To Leave The OU?

Open Orthodoxy should close the door behind itself as it exits the Orthodoz Union.

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