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5 Tips for Businesses in the New Year

Whether you’ve had a great year in business, or not, here are a few things to consider for the New Year:

Boycotting Any Part of Israel Is Boycotting ALL Israel

Is boycotting “over the green line” akin to a full boycott of Israel? The clear answer, according to Israeli Law, Scarlett Johansson and leaders across the political spectrum is "YES!"

The Lancet: How an Anti-Israel Propaganda Platform was Turned Around

The Lancet is one of the most influential medical journals in the world, and for many years, was a voice for anti-Israeli demonization campaigns under the façade of science and medicine. It’s remarkable reversal is unparalleled among major platforms used in anti-Israel demonization campaigns

What is Behind the Refusal to Stand for the Anthem?

It is worth wondering if the battles over the anthem are more the natural outcome of a popular culture that no longer teaches Western values or requires either a draft or any kind of national service.

Israeli Identity: What Has Changed This Year?

This year, when Israeli Jews assemble for high holiday prayers, as they hear the voice of the shofar and the hush of “Unetanneh Tokef,” they will be haunted by an issue that has intensified over the past year: the struggle over Israeli identity.

Modern Orthodoxy In Crisis: Synthesizing Religion And 21st-Century Identity

PBL (problem- or project-based learning as both are called) is a learning theory positing that as people learn, their minds actively connect new knowledge to pre-existing knowledge and build complex knowledge structures.

More Of My Personal Story

Marina's story is truly an inspiration to all those who desire to understand what motivated Jews in Russia to seek their right to emigrate.

An Indecent Proposal From An Ex-State Dept. Official

The Makovsky Plan resurrects the old State Department approach of forcing Israel to do something that is virtually irreversible, while requiring the Palestinians to do something that is easily reversible.

Severely Flawed New Campus Study Claims Little anti-Semitism on Campus

Do attacks on Jews suddenly have to be worse than those on other minorities in order to be considered anti-Semitism? Must they be physical and not just verbal or political? Why should there be a different bar that Jews must pass?

Contrived Controversy: Drone Report Has Zero Impact on Israeli-Azerbaijani Ties

With extensive diplomatic, economic, and defense ties, Israel and Azerbaijan have been “showing the world” a blueprint for interfaith and intercultural tolerance since they embarked on a deep bilateral relationship 25 years ago

Who Is the Real Threat to Free Speech?

Trump is an awful steward of the powers of the presidency, but he has not yet abused his power to censor his opponents. The ostensibly powerless on campus, however, absolutely have

Trump Tries a New Tack on the Peace Process

Perhaps Palestinians keep saying no simply because doing so has proven effective in securing more concessions. And if that’s the case, then reversing this perverse set of incentives by telling them they stand to lose from intransigence rather than gain by it could actually be effective.

MAGA and DACA

The need to fix immigration has been clear for decades. It seems that Trump is nudging Congressional leaders towards a common-sense deal capable of generating broad bipartisan support: dramatically increased border security coupled with an embrace of those whom we have already vetted carefully.

Good Nationalism and Bad Nationalism

Why doesn't the world support an independent state for the Kurdish people as they do for the supposed Palestinians? Is it because those preventing the Kurds from being free are not Israel, but Muslims – Turks, Arabs and Iranians?

Building on ‘Strong’ Bond, U.S. Opens First PERMANENT Military Base in Israel

The committed partnership of both countries is key to enabling the U.S. base to function smoothly in an Israeli military facility

“Like-Minded” Dictatorships and the United Nations

Why can’t the UN get more done to promote freedom? Because so many member states are themselves dictatorships that engage in horrible human rights violations—and they stick together

The True Enemies of the Palestinians

The agreement absolves Hamas of financial responsibilities towards its constituents in the Gaza Strip. The resumption of PA funds to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will allow Hamas to redirect its resources and energies to building up its military capabilities in preparation for war with Israel.

Plame Knew What She Was Tweeting

What the hard right and hard left share in common is special bigotry toward Jews: the neo-Nazi right hates the Jewish people; and the hard left hates the nation state of the Jewish people and those Jews who support it

Inspiring Newsmakers of 5777

JNS spotlights high-profile individuals who made a positive difference—sometimes in unexpected ways—during the Jewish calendar year of 5777.

Change in Jordan, Easy, Cheap and Good for Everyone

The change we desire for Jordan will be simple: Seeing the already irrelevant king leave by a small and peaceful revolution that is protected by the army.

Is Davening A Challenge?

Once you are aware of WHY we are able to daven, you will think about the meaning of what you’re saying. Then davening becomes an opportunity to clarify our relationship with God.

Facing a Challenging New Year

Israel has never been in a stronger position, globally and domestically, thriving in every respect—economically, politically and militarily. Yet, we now realize that the apparent decline of the world’s most ancient hatred in the wake of the Shoah was illusionary.

5778: A Year of Great Expectations

My urgent concerns in 5778 are not for Israel, but for American Jewry.

The Intrigue Of The Akeidah

I would like to suggest another approach to the akeidah narrative, one that perhaps ties the essence of the akeidah to Rosh Hashanah, and is alluded to within the tefillah itself.

Who By Water

I attempted to look at the words more metaphorically: Who shall be tormented by the fire of ambition … who shall hunger for companionship … who shall thirst for approval … who shall be strangled by insecurity … who shall be plagued by the pressures of conformity. It made more sense to me that way, as it broadened the scope of the potential universe.

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