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Sharon’s Glowing Coverage

11 Tevet 5766 – January 11, 2006
There was no escaping the news of Ariel Sharon’s massive stroke last week. Newspapers, magazines, radio, television, the Internet — all were chock full of breaking stories; backgrounders on Sharon’s life; sound bites from doctors, Israelis, Arabs, Jews in New York, and various Jewish organizational types desperately trying — without much success — to seem even a little bit relevant.

Can Our Rabbis Be Wrong?

When I study of the experiences of King David or the challenges of our gedolim when they were young, I gain more respect and admiration for them.

One-Way Ticket To Legal Hell

There's no polite way to say this: If you think even for a moment that the court will take what you say at face value and give you everything you ask for, you're as big a fool as a moth heading straight toward a burning light bulb.

Israel After Sharon

There can be no room for doubt. The need to conduct a military strike against Iran's nuclear program increases with each passing day.

Resolving The Yeshiva Tuition Crisis

America's Founding Fathers said "no taxation without representation." They never said "no taxation" period.

The Niggun In Jewish Music

4 Tevet 5766 – January 4, 2006
In honor of Chanukah, a time of joy, I have been delving into the realm of Jewish music.

Israel Needs A Non-Jewish Prime Minister

While serving as rabbi at Oxford University, I befriended a young African-American Rhodes scholar by the name of Cory Booker who became like a brother to me.

Letters To The Editor

Note To ReadersWhen we published Rabbi Moshe Faskowitz's open letter of resignation from the Rabbinical Council of America in our issue of Dec. 23,...

Harmless Humor — Or Insidious Influence?

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has once again inspired dismay among at least some Jewish viewers who feel the line between simple bad taste and outright anti-Semitism was crossed on the Dec. 17 edition of the long-running show.

Gibson’s Scourge Becomes Spielberg’s Shill

"This is not a documentary, and nobody's pretending it is," Foxman responded in a line straight out of the film's public-relations playbook.

Calling The Left’s Bluff On Iran

Were the U.S. to actually propose taking military action against Iran, the Left would be up in arms (figuratively speaking, of course).

Building A Better Marriage: Two Modest Proposals

The most important reason to sign a prenup is that such agreements will not succeed in wiping out the plague of aginut until and unless they become standard practice.

Joseph: The Second Betrayal

The only remaining justification for disengagement is supposed to be demographic: that by withdrawing from Gaza Israel postponed the day when Jews become a minority in their own country.

Not Such ‘Stars Of David’ An Interview With Author Abigail Pogrebin

27 Kislev 5766 – December 28, 2005
It may sound like the starkest of contradictions, but Abigail Pogrebin's Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish (Broadway Books) is as depressing as it is addictive.

Letters To The Editor

Spielberg's Selective EquivalencyIt is clear that Steven Spielberg's latest movie, "Munich," attempts to portray the Muslim killers of the unsuspecting Israeli athletes as just...

Knowing The Poisoned Heart Of An Islamic ‘Suicide’ Bomber

Science begins with the discovery of regularities. A regular feature of all Islamic "suicide" terrorists is a declared love of death. For us in the West, such declared affections must seem intuitively suspect. After all, they are contrary to everything we normally believe about self-preservation, reason and human behavior.

Israel, Jews, And The Press: A Nonconforming View

With today's media, taking sides instead of reporting is usual.

When The U.S. Government Spied On American Jews

"What the FBI apparently didn't realize was that Rifkin was a refugee from the Russians, not an agent of the Russians," says Jack Yampolsky, a retired Philadelphia accountant whose parents, Louis and Betty, were leaders of the Bergson group's local chapter.

Not Such ‘Stars Of David’: An Interview With Author Abigail Pogrebin

I was interested in Jewish identity in whatever form it took.

Dems, Media Treat Bush Like The Enemy

We are at war. There is a balance to be struck between protecting the security of the country and the personal privacy of individuals.

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