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Failing To Recognize Jerusalem

In what country were you born? If you are a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem, you'd better not look for the answer on your passport. That line is always left blank.

Havdalah at Ari’s

I had heard singing from across the street several times at the end of Shabbos but hadn't realized the singing was a prelude to Havdalah.

Palestinian Canaanites? Why Don’t Palestinians Just Trace Themselves Back to the Jews?

Tsvi Misinai, a former hi-tech pioneer who has researched what he claims are the Jewish roots of the Palestinian Arabs. Who knows, maybe they will claim Israeli citizenship under the 'Law of Return'

Physics And Politics In The Search For Middle East Peace

We all already understand that modern physics has witnessed revolutionary breakthroughs in the meanings of space and time. These stunning changes remain distant from the related worlds of diplomacy and international relations. Ironically, however, much of the struggle between Israel and the Arabs is plainly about space. Not so obvious, but certainly just as important, is that this struggle is also about time.

Accommodating Jewish Voters

Mr. Silver’s legislation changed the primary date to April 19, which avoids any conflict. And, we are happy to say, he received the support of Republicans in the legislature for changing the date.

A Shabbat Of Heavenly Voices

It’s no secret to those who know me that I have a great appreciation for chazzanut. I have written many articles about the wonderful cantorial concerts I’ve attended sponsored by Cantors World, an organization dedicated to bringing back the great role of the chazzan in Jewish life. But as enjoyable as those events are, it’s almost impossible to equal the amazing experience of the annual Shabbat Chazzanut.

Saloons with Prayer Services

The Wall Street Journal last month featured a front-page article titled “After These Jewish Prayer Services, Things Come ‘To Life’ at Open Bar,” with the sub-heading, “To Woo Worshippers, Synagogues Compete with Food and Booze.”

The Ebbing of Warfare in Syria Will Spell Catastrophe for Europe

Europe, reeling from successive waves of refugees and migrants, desperately needs the end of the Syrian civil war, which for the first time seems in the offing. But the emerging peace will only increase the emigration.

A Glimpse Into The Mindset Of A Judicial Oligarch

“A democracy must fight terror with one hand tied behind its back.” So stated Aharon Barak, the former president of Israel’s Supreme Court at a forum I recently attended at the Shasha Center for Strategic Studies at the Mount Scopus campus of Hebrew University.

Letters To The Editor

Remembering GidoneWhen people read of my late son Gidone Busch, they have this image of an emotionally disturbed man with a hammer (which was...

State Department Continues To Whitewash Arab Terrorism

The State Dept’s new Israel-bashing, falsehood-filled “Country Reports on Terrorism 2016” – which blames Israel for Palestinian terrorism against innocent Israelis – has caused us to lose confidence in Tillerson’s ability to promote Trump’s Mideast agenda.

America Can Prosecute Terrorists Freed By Israel

On August 9, 2001, Ahlam Tamimi, a member of Hamas, drove a suicide bomber to the Sbarro restaurant in the heart of Jerusalem, where the bomber blew himself up, killing 15 people including Judy Greenbaum, an American citizen from New Jersey.

Saying Yes (And No) to Limmud

There must be an Orthodox presence and an Orthodox refusal to attend Limmud NY.

Why Abbas Wants to Go Back to the UN in September

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is now saying that he will resume his efforts in September to achieve, unilaterally, UN recognition of a Palestinian state. This time, however, Abbas says he will go to the General Assembly, where the Palestinians enjoy the support of more than 130 countries, with a request to recognize a Palestinian state as a non-member of the UN.

Has Europe Even Tried to Fight Anti-Semitism?

When European governments refuse to accept Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and when they urge "restraint" instead of affirming that Israel has the right to defend itself, they are indulging in appeasement. On one side, they condemn anti-Semitism but on other, they are just whipping it up.

The Implications For Israel If Democrats Recapture The House

Many pundits have been predicting that the House of Representatives will have a Democrat majority after the mid-term elections in November. This would hold perils that are unappreciated by many.

Still The People Of The Book?

One of my readers recently asked me a probing and rather disturbing question: "Do you think we are still the people of the book?" Like a good Jew, I need to answer a question with a question - more than one, actually. First, what is meant by "we"? Readers of The Jewish Press? The young people I saw in Tel Aviv last week with tattoos - girls with bare midriffs and silver studs in navels, noses, tongues, even eyebrows?

Alan Dershowitz: National Jewish Democratic Council Doesn’t Speak for Me on Adelson

I am a Democrat and do not agree with many of Sheldon Adelson's political views, but I think it's outrageous for the National Jewish Democratic Council to level unfounded allegations against Adelson. I don't know who Harris purports to speak for as President of the National Jewish Democratic Council, but his partisan gamesmanship is an embarrassment to many Jewish Democrats.

Six Thousand Miles (Part IV)

Part I of this series introduced the 6,000-mile driving tour to the Canadian Rockies that my wife, Barbara, and I took in the van driven by my brother, Avi, and our sister-in-law, Martha.

Consequences Of Dissipated Rage

You were enraged by the massacre of the Fogel family in Itamar. You asked how a civilized people could behave in such a way. You were shocked that the world, for the most part, didn't care, and you realized that Israel was alone. And then you were enraged by the Jaffa bus stop bombing. You asked how a civilized people could behave in such a way. You were shocked that the world, for the most part, didn't care, and you realized that Israel was alone. And yet again, you were enraged by the rogue rocket bus attack and the barrage of rocket fire on Israel from Gaza. You had the same question, emotion, and thought as you had in the first two cases.

Who’s Insulting Our Intelligence?

I laughed when I heard Pelosi’s remarks that she was “near tears” from Bibi's "condescending" speech

V’nahafoch Hu…

“When Adar enters, joy is increased.” What happens when tragedy strikes in the month of Adar?

Es Kumt Mir

Apparently, in J Street’s view, giving $500 million of American taxpayers’ money each year to the Palestinian Authority-- a corrupt, misogynist, dissident-torturing, terrorism-sponsoring, fascist dictatorship--is the eleventh commandment engraved on the tablets Moses brought down from Sinai.

What Do I Tell My Daughter? An Open Letter to Bernard Madoff

Dear Mr. Madoff, Having kissed my daughter goodnight, I sat in the final quietude of the raucous street crowd’s secular New Year's celebration. I could not help but hear her earlier words as we watched the fireworks in Central Park from the roof of our building.

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