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Israel’s Plague of Conspiracism

18 Tevet 5766 – January 18, 2006
Conspiracism is probably best characterized as a form of mental illness.

Exclusive Interview: Chief Rabbi Amar: Sharon Was Emphatic On Conversion Issue

JERUSALEM - Israel's Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar took the time last week to speak with The Jewish Press at his home in Jerusalem.

Fashioning Israel’s Nuclear Targeting Doctrine

11 Tevet 5766 – January 11, 2006
Public discussions of Israel's nuclear policy almost never delve into core questions of targeting doctrine. Yet, the actual extent to which Israel's security will be affected by its nuclear weapons will depend considerably upon the IDF's codified targets and on the precise extent to which these targets have previously been identified.

Putting The Ax To The Tree-Chopping Canard

The mainstream media have long sought to demonize Jewish settlers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, painting them as violent destructive bullies.

Letters To The Editor

Lessons From MisfitsPat Robertson declares that Ariel Sharon's massive stroke was the result of divine wrath for dividing the Holy Land. The ADL's Abe...

Sharon’s Glowing Coverage

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...

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