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Undressing The Times

18 Nisan 5765 – April 27, 2005
The New York Times, still reeling from the Jayson Blair, Rick Bragg and Judith Miller fiascos, was caught - yet again - with its pants down last month, but you may have missed it if you don't read The New York Sun or are oblivious to blogs and the media-transforming reality of the blogosphere.

Letters To The Editor

Inspired By Rabbi WaldmanI was touched beyond words by the self-sacrifice and idealism exhibited by Rabbi Eliezer Waldman in moving his family and his...

Lying About Deir Yassin

April 9 marked the 57th anniversary of events that took place in the Arab village of Deir Yassin in 1948.

On Practicing Realism In An Unreal World: A Jewish Imperative (First of Two Parts)

The story goes something like this. During World War I, a Jew loses his way along the Austro-Hungarian frontier. Wandering through the woods late at night, he is abruptly stopped in his tracks by the screaming challenge of a nervous border-guard: "Halt, or I'll shoot." The Jew blinks uncomfortably into the beam of the searchlight and retorts with obvious annoyance: "What's the matter with you? Are you meshugga (crazy)? Can't you see that this is a flesh-and-blood human being?"

Preventing Bloodshed During Disengagement

12 Nisan 5765 – April 20, 2005
The goal now must be to influence the Israeli government to allow for this option as well as for the option of protecting the religious sites in their original locations, under international law, with eventual access for Jews under the proper security precautions.

To Recline Or Not To Recline: A Woman’s Obligation At The Pesach Seder

It's fascinating to realize that the Ramah was so perturbed by the disconnect between his understanding of correct halachic practice and the reality he witnessed around him that he postulated a highly improbable sociological phenomenon.

Double Talk About Democratization

As irony would have it, democracy is now the biggest threat facing the so-called peace process between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

Learning From The Master: My Debt To America’s Greatest Judaica Collector

When Abraham Karp was in his early teens growing up in the Bronx, he traveled by subway on shopping trips to the Jewish book dealers on the Lower East Side with his father, Aaron, a furrier who never had much money.

Novak’s Nun

The syndicated columnist Robert Novak, compared with whom Pat Buchanan comes off looking like an honorary member of Hadassah, was in his element this week, essentially accusing Israel of crimes against humanity and relying on a dubious source for his latest bit of anti-Israel invective.

United in Song – Forever Strong

Chaim Mendel readily admitted that there had been many shidduchim proposed.

Letters To The Editor

Helping HandsIt's nice to know there are still some caring people in this world, people who aren't afraid to get involved but are willing...

Israel, ‘Palestine’ And ‘Correlation Of Forces’ In The Middle East

War is never far from the minds of prudent Israelis, and prudent operational planning must always look closely at the regional "correlation of forces." Drawn from the military lexicon of the former Soviet Union, this concept is usefully applied as a particular measure of armed forces, from the subunit level to major formations.

‘The Passion Recut’ – To Fit A New Generation

5 Nisan 5765 – April 13, 2005
According to Gibson, the "flogging" segment was "cut in half" and other gory moments toned down in the new version.

Time To Divest… From Columbia

When four out of five of the members of the committee responsible for investigating grievances related to anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements have obvious biases in this area, it seems clear to me that the investigation is a travesty.

Helping And Hurting The Curious and Contradictory Case of Israel’s Original Peace Partner

"There are unfulfilled expectations on both sides," says Fahmy. But despite the drawbacks of the status quo, Fahmy is right when he says it "is better than the alternative."

The ‘Dhimmis’ Among Us: Judaism’s Lower Class

This is a damning verdict against the Jewish people. We sing the praises of repentance, yet brutally punish those who undertake the holy challenge.

True Role Models (Part Nineteen)

Renana and Jay (Yaakov) Wolff made Aliyah in 1993 from Oak Park, Michigan, where they were serving as the Bnei Akiva internal emissaries (young couples who, prior to leaving to live in Israel, serve in towns that do not have a large Jewish college presence).

Facing An Explosive Future: Israel Iran And Anticipatory Self-Defense

Israel now faces grave dangers from Iran, a hostile Islamic state deeply involved in production of nuclear and certain other weapons of mass destruction. In essence, the Jewish State will soon have only two options vis-a-vis Iran: 1) sit tight, do nothing militarily, and hope that deterrence, political agreemeents and/or economic sanctions will prevent Iranian mega-aggression; or 2) strike preemptively against pertinent military targets, thereby expressing what international law calls "anticipatory self-defense."

DeNial At DePaul: The Thomas Klocek Affair

Catholic universities in the United States have in recent years shown a weakness for cultivating far-leftist anti-Semites and haters of America.

Letters To The Editor

Baseball FanI've come to admire the depth of knowledge that Jason Maoz regularly displays in his Media Monitor column, but I had no idea...

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