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American Jewry's Outdated Orthodoxy

Most American Jews are orthodox. No, that's not a misprint, nor is it a sign that I've taken leave of my senses. In fact, the bulk of American Jewry is very orthodox. The problem is, they're very orthodox in their liberalism, not their Judaism -- and therein lies the answer to all the costly studies, surveys and polls commissioned by Jewish organizations in their never-ending quest to understand why Jews are assimilating themselves out of existence.

Bush, Jews And Democrats (Part IX)

The 1988 presidential election - unlike those of, say, 1972 and 1980 - was notable for its lack of sharp differentiation between the Republican and Democratic nominees on the issue of Israel and the Middle East.

Israel Journal: In The Presence Of Kedoshim

They kissed their grandparents goodbye and then turned to me and, one by one by one, fell upon my shoulder crying out and thanking me for being there.

Two People, One World

Why did the Orthodox rav agree to violate the decree of all the great roshei yeshiva and enter into this dialogue, giving Reform a platform to spew its blasphemy and disdain for Torah observant Jews?

The Torah Approach To Ecology

The great 19th century thinker Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch sees this Torah mandate as reaching beyond the letter of the law to underscore a fundamental axiom in religious life.

Bush, Jews And Democrats (Part VIII)

A majority of American Jewish voters had deserted Jimmy Carter in 1980, leading to speculation that the Jewish community perhaps was moving away from its longtime loyalty to the Democratic party and rendering obsolete Milton Himmelfarb's famous observation that "Jews earn like Episcopalians but vote like Puerto Ricans."

Combating The Media’s War On Israel

Then they sue for peace, issue poor-me hand-wringing pleas for international help, and use the lull in the battle to regroup, re-arm and plot their next assault.

‘Peace Now’ Requires Brute Strength First

The fact that these groups are unwilling to reconsider this strategy despite all the contrary evidence only shows that peace never was their prime goal in the first place.

Shidduchim: Is This The Way It Should Be?

I wish it were just apocryphal that families, rabbis, doctors, and friends are asked the most intrusive, inappropriate, and invasive questions by shadchanim or other agents about the young man or woman.

Bush, Jews And Democrats (Part VII)

The 1980 presidential election, like the Nixon-McGovern matchup eight years earlier, offered a clear choice between a Republican candidate who was unambiguous in his support of Israel and a Democrat whose record was something less than sterling. Only this time, the pro-Israel candidate was the challenger, former California governor Ronald Reagan, while the more problematic candidate was the incumbent, James Earl Carter.

The S.O.N.D.A. Shanda – Time To Fight Anti-Family Legislation

Is this the level of opposition that was mandated by our Gedolim of yesteryear?

Zionism Without Judaism (Part II)

The most fundamental question for this new Post-Oslo era is this: How could Israel have allowed itself to pursue the ''peace process'' in the first place? The answers are very likely to raise serious doubts about the nature of secular Zionism itself and its alleged success in resolving the modernity dilemma of the Jews.

Bush, Jews And Democrats (Part VI)

Although it played out more than two years after the fact, the 1976 presidential campaign was overshadowed by the Watergate scandal, with voters still angry over President Gerald Ford's pardon of his predecessor, Richard Nixon, who resigned the presidency to escape impeachment.

Zion Without Judaism

While there is of course more than one way to look at the last two centuries of Jewish life on the planet, one instructive way to summarize them might be as a two-hundred year search for an alternative to traditional Orthodoxy.

Bush, Jews And Democrats (Part V)

We left off last week in the midst of the 1972 presidential campaign, one of the more interesting in terms of Jewish voting behavior. On one hand you had the incumbent, Republican Richard Nixon, whose relationship with Israel during his first term was quite solid; on the other you had his Democratic challenger, South Dakota Sen. George McGovern, a leading dove on Vietnam with a not especially inspiring record on Israel.

Jimmy’s World: Bad President, Worse Ex-President

Still Carter is proud-as-all-get-out of his rendezvous with Middle East history. He trades on it incessantly.

Eco-Judaism: Nothing Jewish About This Fad

In recent years the American Jewish community has been the target of a campaign that tries to argue that Jews are theologically obligated to support each and every green fad to come along. Several organizations have arisen in the name of "eco-Judaism," which is nothing more than the endorsement of the environmentalist political agenda in the name of Judaism.

Bush, Jews And Democrats (Part IV)

There never was much doubt that Jews would vote in large numbers for Democrat Lyndon Johnson over Republican Barry Goldwater in 1964 - a year when even many moderate members of his own party were high-tailing it away from the GOP's outspokenly conservative standard bearer.

State Of The Jewish Union 5763

We recently marked the start of a new year on the Jewish calendar, as good a time as any to sum up where things now stand.

Bush, Jews And Democrats (Part III)

The presidential election of 1928 is seen by most political historians as something of a demarcation line in the history of Jewish voting loyalties. It was in that election that the Democrats first began polling landslide numbers among American Jews, as New York governor Al Smith, a Roman Catholic of immigrant stock (whose campaign manager happened to be Jewish) captured 72 percent of the Jewish vote.

How To End The Suicide Attacks

Longer curfews is certainly a possibility. But then we are talking of years, not weeks.

Bush, Jews And Democrats (Part II)

Why are Jews still wedded to the Democratic party, years after it stopped making any economic or political sense for them to remain in the marriage? It's a question one hears often from bewildered non-Jews and Republican Jews (Democratic Jews - i.e. the vast majority of American Jews - seem oblivious to the question, let alone any possible answer).

Tending A Waning Flame In Afghanistan

KABUL - Flower Street and its continuation Chicken Street are by far the liveliest and most picturesque commercial thoroughfares in Kabul a river of...

Bush, Jews And Democrats (Part I)

The front page story in last week's Jewish Press ("Israelis Sing Bush's Praises") - coming as it did almost simultaneously with the release of a Gallup poll that, on the surface at least, seemed to dash any Republican hopes that American Jews might be warming to the GOP - inspired a batch of letters and e-mails from obviously intelligent readers who just don't get it.

The Case Against Iraq: Excerpts From President Bush’s UN Address

If the Iraqi regime wishes peace, it will immediately end all illicit trade outside the oil-for-food program.

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