The third yahrzeit of HaRav Avigdor Miller, zt"l, occurred a few weeks ago. I had the privilege of knowing him as a talmid and on a personal level for more than 30 years, from about 1970 until his passing in 2001.
The sad reality is that nothing has changed on the ground. These facts are still the same today as they were in 1947 or 1948, yet the perspectives have changed so dramatically.
It's been two years since we last checked in with Binyamin L. Jolkovsky, editor-in-chief of JewishWorldReview.com - two years during which he's added new columnists, broken important stories, and seen JWR finish first in two "favorite website" polls of Monitor readers.
You don't get a "second to none" rating by simply hanging around with the 80-plus percent crowd.
Not for nothing am I known as the 'bulldozer.' My ability to outmaneuver the enemy on the field of battle has come in handy in dealing with those I consider the enemies of my ethnic-cleansing plans.
For chassidim, the last ten years have been painful. There is no question that we are orphans.
The IDF noted: "It is important to keep in mind the danger posed by the illegal, irresponsible, and dangerous behavior of the ISM group that led to the tragic death and sad results."
Israel holds nuclear weapons for only one purpose: To prevent catastrophic destruction of the Jewish state by enemy state aggression. It is altogether inconceivable that Israel would ever resort to such weapons as an initial move of war
I live in a settlement. I wonder when my turn to be expelled will come. The Israeli government encouraged me to move here.
Some years ago, in conversations with then Israeli Ambassador Zalman Shoval, I urged the creation of a special "brain trust" to examine Israel's increasingly precarious security situation. The main objective, related to Ambassador Shoval, would be to assemble a uniquely capable cadre of strategic thinkers who would be free from the various constraints that normally burden both academic and military planners. The Ambassador agreed fully, but for one reason or another, the idea never got off the ground at that time.
The security guard gets off the bus with a changed demeanor. His face is cold and professional, and he looks sharply at everyone sitting at the stop.
It should also be noted that in all these cases the so-called halachic standards are not being determined by the gedolim everyone is supposedly following so faithfully but by the Jewish street.
I can almost hear these Divine words reverberating in our ears in Hebron today in response to the "disengagement" plan being accepted as official policy by the Israeli government.
Just imagine the brouhaha if it came out, after such an event, that our government had advance information about a potential attack but hadn't fully publicized it.
Edelman experienced evil many times in his long and distinguished life; he faced it and fought it bravely.
"Reagan I could trust." - Yitzhak Shamir"He was unshakable; a staunch supporter." - Shimon Peres
I later switched neighborhoods and hence corner stores but in a cruel twist of fate it turned out the Jew-Haters owned another store in the vicinity of my new address.
His very life's breath was after all an offshoot of Adam who was fashioned by G-d's own hands.
Whereas in the past the Modern Orthodox ignored these warnings and continued to stand proudly in many worlds at once, increasingly they were influenced by their haredi co-religionists and began leaning back toward the right wing.
Moe liked to joke that if he had known his squad was not right behind him, he would not have engaged in these solo heroics.
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