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Homeward Bound

8 Adar I 5765 – February 16, 2005
So many of us make excuses for not doing the things we know we should do, citing hardships or inconveniences, real or imagined.

Must Orthodox Fiction Be So Fictional?

I am not critiquing their personal choices. I am examining why sometimes their haredi characters lack realism.

Divided, Not Defeated

It is also true that the NRP lost its bearings, becoming transformed into a one-dimensional party concentrating exclusively on the land and positioning itself on the far right of the political spectrum.

Congressman, I Believe… A Response To Jerrold Nadler

Congressman Nadler is scared. Scared that his thirty years of freight train dreams (our freight train nightmare) will go up in smoke at the hands of a community he has taken for granted.

The Schwarzchild Award

The winner of the Monitor's first Henry Schwarzschild Award for Most Offensive Comments by a Jew in the Public Spotlight goes to Uri Avnery, the granddad of Israel's hard-core Left. The prize, which probably will become an annual tradition, goes to the person who, in the Monitor's considered opinion, by his or her statements revealed a contempt for the Jewish people, a disregard for historical truth, and a desire to sup at the table of Israel's enemies.

Israel Releasing Arab Terrorists – Again

It is a familiar story. Israel, with nary a hint of meaningful reciprocity (reinforcing standing government policy of "Land For Nothing"), releases Palestinian terrorist prisoners. This time, in fact, Prime Minister Sharon even threw in amnesty for terrorists not yet apprehended.

Letters To The Editor

Shabbos PrioritiesA person had slipped and fallen on the ice and now lay dangerously in the middle of the street, in the heart of...

Cockburn’s Cockroaches

There was a time when the Left in the United States was able to field its own intellectual heavyweights to try to offset opposing intellectual arguments.

True Role Models (Part Eleven)

The entire world is in turmoil and yet people ask, "When will peace come to Israel?"

Fishl’s Footrace: An Interview With Fred Lebow’s Biographer

Fred Lebow, who died in October 1994, took a small race that had been held in Central Park and turned it into a Big Apple spectacle - the New York City Marathon, the world's greatest footrace.

Liberal Extortion Tactics And Misrepresentations

1 Adar I 5765 – February 9, 2005
Basking in their perceived success, the Leftists decided to go for the jugular.

Cross Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel: Real Solutions vs. Doomsday Scenarios

Trains routed through the Cross Harbor Tunnel will move through Brooklyn on the Bay Ridge Rail Line, an existing four-track right-of-way that was built almost 100 years ago. No homes or businesses will be displaced.

Fuzzy On Freedom

"The genius of President Bush," notes the professor, "is that he has acquired an exquisite grasp of this . . . and he can play both versions . . . to his advantage."

Sorry, But I’ll Spend My Money Elsewhere

"I support a clean environment as much as you do," I wrote, "but if you are a real rabbi, how can you honestly support marriage for homosexuals? How can you label our president a reactionary, when he has proven his support for Israel and the Jewish people?"

Ward Churchill And The Politics Of Campus Extremism

Given the current academic atmosphere, it is a safe bet that what might delicately be called Churchill's shortage of sympathy in the Jewish direction made him a strong candidate to head Colorado's Ethnic Studies program.

Just Call Him Roxie LaRue

Anyone who truly feels betrayed by Ariel Sharon's apparent transformation into a flabbier, more sartorially challenged version of Shimon Peres is either (a) ignorant of Israeli political history or (b) mesmerized by years of watching a master illusionist at work.

On “Disengagement,” Civil Disobedience, And IDF Military Refusals (First of Two...

A dear friend of mine in Israel, a hard-fighting veteran of all too many wars, was asked to summarize his view of the "disengagement." "What," I inquired, "do you think of the forcible deportation of Jews from Jewish lands in Gaza and parts of Samaria by the government in Jerusalem?"

Letters To The Editor

Poignant EssayI found the Feb. 4 front-page essay by Nathan Lewin ("Say It Ain't So...But It Was So") incredibly moving.The American Jewish community in...

Sharon The Pragmatist Can Learn From Bush The Ideologue

Serving as a makeshift tour guide for my wife and kids recently in Jerusalem, I couldn't help but contrast our frequent visits to Washington, D.C., and how much I enjoy pointing out historical markers to the children.

True Role Models (Part Ten)

It is often hard to understand the attitude of American Orthodox Jews to Israel.

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