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Letters To The Editor

14 Nisan 5766 – April 12, 2006
Thoughtless CommentI just want to recount a hurtful incident that occurred recently. I went to a supermarket in Boro Park for my Pesach shopping...

Israel And Its Enemies: Future Wars And Forceful Options (Conclusion)

Israel's preemptive action could still be entirely law enforcing, even if Iran and the Arab enemies of Israel were not in a declared condition of belligerence with the Jewish state. The customary right of anticipatory self-defense has its modern origins in the Caroline incident, which concerned the unsuccessful rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada against British rule (a rebellion that aroused sympathy and support in the American border states). Following this case, the serious threat of armed attack has generally been taken to justify militarily defensive action.

The Old Shtetl Zakroczym

Jews had always been permitted to settle in Zakroczym without restriction.

Judaism And Democracy

8 Nisan 5766 – April 5, 2006
Having survived the Knesset elections with all of the uncertainty that all elections provide for the so-called winners and losers, perhaps it is time to take a cursory look at the democratic process of elections from a perspective of Jewish history.

Letters To The Editor

No LeadershipLast week two of my friends, Rafi and Helena HaLevy, were killed in Israel by a suicide bomber. Rafi was the town's gardener....

Israel And Its Enemies: Future Wars And Forceful Options (Second Of...

At the conclusion of the recent [first] Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm), the [first] Bush administration announced plans to sell Saudi Arabia, a country of six million inhabitants, an arms package. Included were over 500 tanks, 48 F-15 fighter planes, Apache helicopter gun ships, more than 30 Patriot batteries, tens of thousands of armored vehicles, multiple rocket-launchers and command/control systems.

The Old Shtetl Kiernozia

No details are available on the origins of the village of Kiernozia.

The Times’s Strange Potshot

It’s not exactly news that The New York Times editorial page detested Ronald Reagan. But who would have thought that seventeen years after the end of his presidency and nearly two years after his death the Times would still seek to denigrate Reagan’s legacy, on its news pages, in a manner that can only be described as petty and inappropriate?

The Islamization Of America

Perhaps he does have the right to say anything he pleases as a citizen; perhaps his loss of this right might also endanger us all.

The Election Everyone Lost

The Israeli election played out in the shadow of the Hamas victory and the creation of an armed Hamas-led fascist state and terrorist army positioned in the suburbs of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

He Who Destroys a Single Jewish Life…

1 Nisan 5766 – March 29, 2006
The "if in doubt throw it out" attitude that used to be applied to food products is now being applied to Jewish children.

The ‘Israel Lobby’ And Academic Malpractice

"This is one of the most embarrassing lies to have emerged from Camp David," says Barak.

Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary Holds Chag HaSemikhah

Since its founding more than 100 years ago, RIETS has ordained more than 2,700 rabbis.

Shalom In The Home

When I was a boy of about eight, I remember feeling helpless to bring my fighting parents closer together, and then seeing a vision of myself, running from home to home, rescuing those who could still be saved.

Letters To The Editor

Greetings From IndiaI introduce myself from India as an admirer of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. I would remind your readers...

Israel And Its Enemies: Future Wars And Forceful Options (First Of...

As the continuing flow of new missiles to Iran reveals, the Bush administration (refers to first President Bush) remains committed to misconceived policies in the Middle East. Even if Israel were to yield West Bank and Gaza to create a new state of Palestine (with east Jerusalem as its capital), the government in Teheran would persist in planned aggression against the Jewish state. Altogether unconcerned with the fate of the Palestinians, this government will be satisfied only by Israel's disappearance.

Mazal Tov, Rabbi Mattisyahu Kos

Chag Hasmicha is a celebration honoring newly ordained rabbis.

The Return Of Al Gore?

It was a far-fetched scenario as recently as a year ago, but Al Gore is quietly making something of a political comeback. Moderate Democrats who despair that the early frontrunner for their party’s 2008 presidential nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, is likely unelectable, can’t help remembering that Gore won half a million more votes than George W. Bush in 2000. Meanwhile, the party’s base voters, appreciably more to the left than the country at large and angry at what they perceive to be Clinton’s drift to the center, are looking for someone other than her to carry the anti-Bush, antiwar banner.

Thoughts On The Jericho Prison Raid

23 Adar 5766 – March 22, 2006
Was the Israeli raid on the Jericho prison last week necessary and justified? Absolutely.

Understanding Jihadist Strategy

It was along this line of thought that the Algerians started their war against civilians - without mercy, without quarter.

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