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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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Don’t Make Aliyah Because of a Hurricane

I want Jews to come home because their lives are not complete outside Israel. I want Jews to come home, regardless if they keep Mitzvot or not, because that is where the Jewish family lives… and families stay together.

Another Deceptive Landslide For The Mayor

This is more significant than ever before inasmuch as the mayor seems intent on making the election campaign a referendum on President Trump’s political agenda rather than his own record in office.

The Moral Panic of 2017

So, my question to the progressive-left today is, just what the hell do you want?

Washington’s New Conciliatory Mood: Reality Or Façade?

It stands to reason that there are going to be some policy issues that defy compromise more than others – perhaps to the point of preclusion – even in a town ordinarily driven by last-minute compromises.

Keeping Our Eyes Open

Why are our concerns during the rest of the year limited to ourselves and our close family, to our own narrow social group and to our immediate geographical environment?

Kissinger’s Analysis of Mideast is Full of Loopholes

Finally, Kissinger's biggest error, perhaps, is the assumption that the only choice the Middle East has, at least in Syria and Iraq, is between Isis and Iran--the "caliphate" in Raqqa and the "imamate" in Tehran.

9 Challenges Confronting Israel

The government should introduce tougher legislation to prosecute those engaged in sedition, sabotaging the Jewish state and promoting our destruction. The Arab parties in particular, must be countered. They are anti-Zionist

Palestinian Victory on the Temple Mount

When Israel removed metal detectors installed at the entrance to the Temple Mount after a deadly attack there, Palestinian leaders claimed a decisive victory. But against who are they really fighting, and in what war?

The West Betrays U.S. Heroes Who Prevented Another 9/11

The most important lesson: Our spies and officials involved in the war against Islamic terrorism, like those who prevented another 9/11, now fear not only the wrath of the jihadists, but also the witch hunt of our media and judicial system.

David Myers: Wrong Choice for Center for Jewish History

When a respected and apolitical institution like the New York-based Center for Jewish History (CJH) hires an anti-Israel academic to be its new CEO and president, something has gone terribly wrong.

Problem with High Holiday Sermon

Today, many synagogues are increasingly blurring the line between their activities and politics, rabbis must ponder just how far they want to go in either venting their own opinions or pandering to the prejudices of their audiences.

Palestinians: When Suicide Attacks Are Bad

Hamas, Islamic Jihad and ISIS may disagree on many issues, but targeting Jews and "infidels" is not one of them. On that point, they are in savage agreement.

LEFT WING LOSES IT: Calls Rabbi a KKK Supporter

What Rabbi Ben Packer and Aryeh King are doing, is not only just, but acts as a reminder that the Jewish people have returned home and don’t plan on leaving again.

Germany Redefines Most anti-Semitism Out of Existence

Far-right anti-Semitism is, of course, real. But so are left-wing and Islamic anti-Semitism. And by pretending the latter two don’t exist, the German government has made it impossible to combat those types of anti-Semitism effectively.

Hillel at the Crossroads Part III: NEU Hillel Protests “Fear-Based Tactics”

Hillel International’s view was that the dispute with NEU Hillel was anomalous -- one negative case out of what officials described as “a thousand positive cases” to be found throughout Boston and the rest of the country.

Squeezed From Both Sides

While flying Confederate flags may or may not indicate white supremacist proclivities, let alone a penchant for violence, the burning of American flags by antifa and Black Lives Matter protestors almost always signals a hatred for what America stands for.

The Disappearing Jews

There are 5.5 million Jews in America today and experts believe that in 20 years, that number will be 2.5 million – a loss of 3,000,000 Jews! The first thing we need to do is figure out a way to cure this epidemic

Abbas at the UN Again: Who Cares?

What difference does it make whether Abbas gives a “moderate” speech at the UN next week? His obstructionism is constant and guaranteed

Where Does Israel Fit in a Jewish Future Without Faith?

the idea that a growing demographic in which Jewish traditions, law and faith is absent can sustain support for Israel is laughable.

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