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The Rebbe’s Standing Orders

For chassidim, the last ten years have been painful. There is no question that we are orphans.

Mistrial, Israeli-Style

The IDF noted: "It is important to keep in mind the danger posed by the illegal, irresponsible, and dangerous behavior of the ISM group that led to the tragic death and sad results."

Is It My Turn To Capitulate Yet?

I live in a settlement. I wonder when my turn to be expelled will come. The Israeli government encouraged me to move here.

Project Daniel: Why Israel’s Enemies Must Never Be Allowed Nuclear Weapons (Part Two)

Israel holds nuclear weapons for only one purpose: To prevent catastrophic destruction of the Jewish state by enemy state aggression. It is altogether inconceivable that Israel would ever resort to such weapons as an initial move of war

Project Daniel: Israel’s Strategic Future (Part One)

Some years ago, in conversations with then Israeli Ambassador Zalman Shoval, I urged the creation of a special "brain trust" to examine Israel's increas­ingly precarious security situation. The main objective, related to Ambassador Shoval, would be to assemble a uniquely capable cadre of strategic thinkers who would be free from the various constraints that normally burden both academic and military planners. The Ambassador agreed fully, but for one reason or another, the idea never got off the ground at that time.

Another Day, Another Bus Ride

The security guard gets off the bus with a changed demeanor. His face is cold and professional, and he looks sharply at everyone sitting at the stop.

How ‘Halacha’ Evolves

It should also be noted that in all these cases the so-called halachic standards are not being determined by the gedolim everyone is supposedly following so faithfully but by the Jewish street.

“How Long Will This Nation Provoke Me…?”

I can almost hear these Divine words reverberating in our ears in Hebron today in response to the "disengagement" plan being accepted as official policy by the Israeli government.

Staying Alert, New York Times-Style

Just imagine the brouhaha if it came out, after such an event, that our government had advance information about a potential attack but hadn't fully publicized it.

Warsaw Ghetto Hero: “Every War With Fascism Is Our Business”

Edelman experienced evil many times in his long and distinguished life; he faced it and fought it bravely.

Ronald Reagan and the Jews

"Reagan I could trust." - Yitzhak Shamir"He was unshakable; a staunch supporter." - Shimon Peres

Arab Anti-Semitism: It’s Getting Personal

I later switched neighborhoods and hence corner stores but in a cruel twist of fate it turned out the Jew-Haters owned another store in the vicinity of my new address.

Forever Royal, Forever Loyal: A King’s Timeless Tribute To His Maker

His very life's breath was after all an offshoot of Adam who was fashioned by G-d's own hands.

Frum And Frummer

Whereas in the past the Modern Orthodox ignored these warnings and continued to stand proudly in many worlds at once, increasingly they were influenced by their haredi co-religionists and began leaning back toward the right wing.

Pat Buchanan, Meet The Glushakows

Moe liked to joke that if he had known his squad was not right behind him, he would not have engaged in these solo heroics.

Islamist Barbarism And The Western Media

Palestinian suffering is also due to the fact that, for 56 years, 22 Arab countries have refused to offer citizenship to those refugees who fled what was, at the time, Jordan, Syria, or Egypt.

The Roots Of Resentment

Islam is as much a political system as a religion it being understood that both politics and belief are part and parcel of a larger whole.

The Abu Ghraib Times

How obsessed has The New York Times been with Abu Ghraib? Between May 1 and May 27 the paper featured the prisoner abuse scandal on its front page virtually without letup and almost always above the fold.

Rav Avigdor Miller: His Years as Mashgiach

What follows below should be read in light of what Orthodoxy in the United States was during the forties, fifties and sixties.

Israeli Counterterrorism In Gaza

Televised images of Israel's recent defensive operation in Gaza suggest cruelty and indiscriminacy. In fact, exactly the opposite is true. By deliberately placing young Arab children in the front lines of armed mobs that march with lethal intent upon Israeli soldiers, it is Palestinian leaders who openly commit violations of the law of war.

Prisoner Abuse Scandal Shouldn’t Obscure Larger Issues

It is of singular importance to remember that under Saddam Hussein - in the very same prison now being scrutinized by the American authorities - rape, murder, cutting off of limbs, and whatever tortures the ingenuity of a technologically advanced society could devise, was a daily occurrence. The whole world knew of this Arab-on-Arab torture. Yet not a peep.

The Passion Of The Pharisees

Nowhere in the Torah will you find a commandment to wash one's hands in the morning, or to light Chanukah or Shabbos candles. These are not Biblical laws.

I Swear I Saw Them Cry

Wailing uncontrollably, the broken father and husband stood over the five graves about to swallow into its blackness, forever, his most precious treasures.

Immeasurable Faith Amidst Unspeakable Tragedy

It is hard to imagine such a strong person, someone to whose ankles we do not reach, a man who is living with such pain and suffering and says "only with emunah."

In Case You Missed It…

Kerry Would Follow Powell: Once again the John Kerry presidential campaign has provided a disquieting glimpse into the kind of thinking that to Democrats equals strong support for Israel. Appearing over the weekend on CNN's "Capital Gang," senior Kerry campaign adviser Tad Devine stated that "the difference" between Kerry and President Bush regarding the Israeli-Palestinian imbroglio "is understood very clearly. When Bush became president of the United States, he turned his back on the Middle East peace process....Until we have a president who is capable of exercising presiden tial leadership...the United States will not be a player in the peace process."

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