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Rethinking The Dangerous Gaza Withdrawal

As outgoing Israeli Chief of Staff General Moshe Ya'alon has predicted, "Immediately after the disengagement we can expect a burst of terrorism...all the signs point to it."

Making ‘Hatikvah’ Part Of Our Synagogue Service

Different minhagim have already been established and I leave it to each community to follow the lead and guidance of its teachers.

Old Right And New Left: United When It Comes To Jews

They've moved so far around the political circle they've met on the other side, spouting identical positions on such issues as Iraq, the broader War on Terror, and, most particularly, the Jewish state of Israel.

A Time To Remember, A Time To Relate

These weeks between Pesach and Shavuot provide an unusual window of opportunity for children to learn about their grandparents' and great grandparents' heritage.

The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege

This was the rhetorical stance of the Peace Movement from 1977 to 1992, when Likud either dominated or was an equal partner in Israeli governments, and the position won more and more adherents from the ranks of Labor's constituency.

Disengaging Reason: Building ‘Palestine’ Upon The Ruins Of Israel (Second Of Two Parts)

Make no mistake, Israel is despised by the Palestinian populations because it is Jewish - not the other way around. In fact, Israel's unceasing pattern of capitulation to Arab terror elicits even greater Palestinian loathing, as such surrender behavior merely confirms the prevailing Islamic view of the Jew as coward.

Letters To The Editor

U.S. Jews' PrioritiesHillel Halkin's May 13 op-ed ("The Bush Conundrum") was the best defense of President Bush I've read anywhere. The only problem is...

A Rude Awakening

Last week Israel remembered the Holocaust but received a rude reminder that its immigration policy admits many non-Jews into Israel.

The Bush Conundrum: Why America’s Most Pro-Israel President Is Reviled By American Jews

"You don't have to love Bush in order to see what he's done for Israel."

British Teachers And An Israeli Fellow Traveler

Britain's AUT supported Katz's discredited massacre story and parroted Pappe's complaints on its website in the run-up to the boycott vote.

A Self-Destructive Relationship: Our Deaf, Dumb And Blind Love Affair With The Democrats

Somehow Jews have always been enraptured by the words "liberal" and "Democrat."

Second Generation Revisited

I am a child of survivors. I stand as near to the gates of Auschwitz and Belsen as anyone who was not actually there, and that is still a million miles away

Bolton Versus Powell: A Tale Of Two Diplomatic Cultures

Not much had been heard from Powell since President Bush unceremoniously dropped him from his second-term Cabinet without so much as telling him in advance that Condoleezza Rice would be taking over at State.

Deriding Israel’s Christian Supporters

The Monitor's oft-stated rule of thumb is that when a reporter quotes unnamed sources, those sources invariably buttress the reporter's own viewpoint and agenda. Case in point: James D. Besser, the Washington correspondent for a handful of Jewish newspapers (the New York Jewish Week among them) who for the past several years has lamented the growing ties between members of the Christian Right and pro-Israel activists in the Jewish community.

Disengaging Reason: Building ‘Palestine’ Upon The Ruins Of Israel (First of Two Parts)

From Arafat to Abbas, nothing fundamental has changed within the Palestinian Authority or in any of its sister terrorist organizations. In the prevailing Palestinian view, formal and informal, Israel remains the immutable focus of proposed eradication, although the language is usually more finessed and the tactics now more cleverly disguised.

Letters To The Editor

Another Great EssayThe May 6 front-page essay by Joseph Hoffman, "Monument to Life," was an exquisite reading experience. It was as if Mr. Hoffman...

A Tribe Apart: Jews of the American South

They are not the Jews of bagels and lox brunches with the Sunday New York Times.

Which Is The Real Vladimir Putin?

Seeing an opportunity to increase Russia's influence in the Middle East, Putin now wants feelings of animosity extinguished and past threats to be forgotten.

The Lonely Man Of Fidelity

Alas, as many have since pointed out, Rabbi Soloveitchik was not writing, in this or any other essay, a handbook for simplified, tranquil religious life and experience.

The Forgotten Rachels

After the accidental killing of Rachel Corrie, by contrast, Corrie's parents embarked on a major publicity campaign

The Wolf Who Cried ‘Sheep’

Still, no matter how many Jews were killed, and no matter how many times this cycle of PWA treachery repeated itself, Israel came running to the sound of each new PWA cry of "SHEEP" - as if the PWA wasn't actually a wolf.

Caveat Emptor, Times Readers

As a continuation of sorts from last week, some thoughts, rambling and otherwise, on The New York Times: On Friday, April 8, two days after its editors went public with an admission of yet another journalistic dereliction - the paper acknowledged that, as a result of a secret deal with Columbia University, student reaction was deliberately excluded from a front-page "exclusive" on the release of a report dealing with allegations of bias on the part of pro-Palestinian faculty - there appeared in the Times a profile of Joseph Massad, one of the professors at the heart of the Columbia controversy. (The paper, as it happens, had seen fit to solicit and run Massad's thoughts the week before in the very article in which his critics were ignored.)

Monument To Life

In a macabre sort of way, this photo is an old friend. Having seen it so many times before, I am "comfortable" with the imagery.

On Practicing Realism In An Unreal World: A Jewish Imperative (Second Of Two Parts)

It is not just our enemies who show us no mercy and who "love death" who bring us death. The triumph of the absurd (the world of Chelm or the world of Kafka?) can be found also in sober actions of the United Nations.

Letters To The Editor

Rabbi Porush's CourageReader Joseph Weidenfeld is highly unfair, and way off base, for insulting Rabbi Menachem Porush (Letters, April 29). Weidenfeld claims Rabbi Porush...

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