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Letters To The Editor

26 Adar II 5765 – April 6, 2005
Pope A Lamed-Vavnik?I bear no ill will toward the late Pope John Paul II, but I found myself wincing at the statements put out...

The Vanishing Jewish Baseball Player

Whatever happened to Jewish baseball players? Not that they're an extinct species - several Jews are currently playing in the major leagues or working their way through the minors - but Jewish baseball fans will tell you the present-day crop is relatively unaccomplished and unknown.

Indignation As Weapon In The Tabloid Wars

19 Adar II 5765 – March 30, 2005
If on any given day last week you happened to chance upon the New York Post, you quite possibly assumed at first glance that the Deluge was upon us at last - until a closer look revealed that the unfolding drama which so consumed the paper's headline writers, reporters, columnists and editorialists involved nothing more than an unfortunate misprint in a contest run by the New York Daily News.

Controversy At Columbia: A View From Inside The Institution

A very few of the very many Jewish professors at Columbia have been moved to oppose the systematic anti-Israel bias that pervades Columbia's teaching and to argue for the inadequacy of the "settlement" that appears to be in the offing.

Avoda Zara 2005

Such is the inevitability when "activists" become so wrapped up in a cause that political ideology and sloganeering subsume their very identity.

Lest The Philistine Daughter Rejoice

The collapse of Israel's alleged democracy continues in dizzying fashion.

Prayers For the Czar – But Not For Israeli Soldiers

Who stands guard at the Kotel, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year, if not the Jewish soldier, the messenger of the All-Merciful?

True Role Models (Part Seventeen)

Many Israelis are dreading the march of time as the days of "disengagement" approach.

Letters To The Editor

Summers StormI appreciate The Jewish Press's publication of Ed Koch's op-ed column on the academic lynching of Harvard President Lawrence Summers. The outcry against...

Solidarity Mission To Gush Katif/Aza

A week before I departed on a solidarity mission with my mother to Gush Katif with new York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, I was sitting in a restaurant in Brooklyn and told an Israeli waitress where I was going.

Israel’s Anti-Democratic Anti-Racism Law

In 1977 Israel's criminal code was changed. Section 144A was added, making "racism" a crime.

France, Jews And The Absence Of Memory

Truly, there can never be any virtue without memory, and France - it would seem - displays a persistent penchant for forgetting. Now unambiguously aligned with the Arab/Islamic states in global geopolitics, France's staunchly oppositional posture toward Israel is a predictable continuation of official French policy toward the Jews during and immediately after World War II.

Getting The Word Out

13 Adar II 5765 – March 23, 2005
An article in the Sunday, March 13, edition of the Times carried a particularly edifying front page piece on a relatively modern phenomenon: video press releases. UNDER BUSH, A NEW AGE OF PREPACKAGED NEWS has taken hold, blared the headline

Purim Bulletin: OU Calls For Immediate Ban On Shul Candymen

"I have 25- 26- 27, even 32-year-olds who are still coming to me each Shabbos for candy," confided Shlomo Roberts, candyman at a large Upper West Side congregation popular with singles in their twenties and thirties.

Memorial Hill Doesn’t Answer

"The Washington museum was created for the purpose of evoking emotional reaction. Yad Vashem is for the stoic and brave. Statesmen do not shed tears."

Mordechai The Jew

He in fact had calculated that period from the wrong time and was off by eleven years.

Vashti Reclaimed; Or, What I Learned From The Former Queen

Although Vashti and Esther never meet, the relationship between them is integral to understanding the events of Megillat Esther. Vashti disappears by the end...

Blissful Laughter… Forever After

When the Shabbos Queen made her graceful exit the Baal Shem Tov directed that his horses be harnessed forthwith.

True Role Models (Part Sixteen)

Mordechai and Barbara Goldman came on Aliyah in 1975 from Toronto, Canada. Barbara grew up in Toronto and was active in Bnei Akiva (madricha and rosh snif) and NCSY.

Letters To The Editor

Money Better SpentAs people prepare to fulfill the mitzvah of mishloach manot on Purim, may I remind them that the mitzvah involves sending a...

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