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Thanksgiving And Chanukah

23 Tevet 5764 – January 16, 2004
Lincoln's words still ring with biblical fervor, yet many Americans turn the joyful solemnity of Thanksgiving into a childish sort of Turkey Day.

Finding Saddam – In More Places Than One

It was some irony that U.S. troops were searching in their sands for the dross of humanity; and mother of all ironies that they, too, like the man in the Midrash, had to sift that dirt ever so carefully to find the goods intact.

Fighting Carter: Memories Of 1980

The biggest punch in the anti-Carter effort was delivered even before the presidential campaign got into full swing.

Letters To The Editor

Adelson Will Be MissedWith a deep sense of sorrow and loss, I must express my sadness to the family and friends of Professor Howard...

The Derelict From Tikrit

When Jacob's sons Shimon and Levi butchered all the menfolk of Shechem, their father was terribly concerned that the vengeance would endanger him and his nation among the Canaanites.

Reform Gellman Puts Orthodox Colleagues To Shame

20 Tevet 5764 – January 14, 2004
As reported in last week's Monitor, a number of prominent politically conservative religious leaders - including several Orthodox rabbis - opposed to legislation promoting gay marriage have aligned themselves with an organization that, according to terrorism expert Steven Emerson, is distinguished by "its ideological support of Islamic terror groups."

Suicide Bombers In Macrocosm: The Intolerable Danger To Israel Of Irrational...

"Do you know what it means to find yourselves face to face with a madman?" asks Luigi Pirandello's Henry IV. "Madmen, lucky folk, construct without logic, or rather with a logic that flies like a feather."

Doubts About Doing My IDF Reserve Duty

17 Tevet 5764 – January 10, 2004
I do not want to get shot at. I do not want to chase after terrorists through tunnels and alleyways throughout the Kasbah.

The Contempt Is Mutual

My fingerprints are visible in every facet of daily living, in science and technology and medicine.

We’re Not In Brooklyn Anymore

No longer would I have my choice of dozens of shiurim each week at tens of locations, morning, noon, and evening. If I desired such a class I would have to attend the one that I was going to give.

The Brat With No Hat (With apologies to Dr. Seuss, wherever...

The sun did not shine.It was too wet to play.So they sat in GenevaWith murderers all day.

Defending Israel’s Right To Secure Borders

15 Tevet 5764 – January 9, 2004
Following the Six Day War, UN Resolution 242 called on Israel to withdraw ''from territories occupied in the recent conflict,'' while affirming Israel's ''right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries.''

Letters To The Editor

Jimmy's 'Final Solution'Your Dec. 5 front page article on Jimmy Carter's speech in Geneva neglected to mention his most chilling sentence.'Had I been elected...

A Curious Alliance

13 Tevet 5764 – January 7, 2004
Are some conservatives willing to sleep with the devil in order to fight pro-gay legislation? An exclusive report by Evan Gahr on www.JewishWorldReview.com makes the charge that "prominent religious conservatives - Jews, Catholics and Evangelical Christians - are allied with a radical Islamic group to stop gay marriage."

Understanding America’s ‘Holiday Period’

As Americans, we Jews share with our fellow countrymen (more or less) certain portions of the annual "holiday period." Extending from the secular holidays of Thanksgiving to New Years, this span imposes on all the United States the breathless rhythm of a machine. Noisy and relentless, it is a rhythm associated in the popular imagination with enhanced reverence and spirituality, but in reality it produces a decidedly opposite effect.

Palestinians Have Right Aspiration, Wrong Destination

9 Tevet 5764 – January 2, 2004
By returning to my childhood and investing more in toothpaste and less in candy, I could now boast uninterrupted rows of healthy white teeth.

Sharon – There He Goes Again

Recently Sharon engineered the most devious tactic yet to disrupt the peace process. He proposed expelling Arafat from Ramallah.

Ten Years After: The Metamorphosis Of Israel's Left

In a recent opinion piece in the Jerusalem Post, Sarah Honig, one of the paper's bettercolumnists, raised the question of whether Israel's Left should be regarded as stupid orcrazy.

Letters To The Editor

Remove Settlements NowI agree with those people who say that settlements should be uprooted. I also agree that Arabs and Jews cannot live together...

Blaming Israel For Istanbul

7 Tevet 5764 – January 1, 2004
A disturbing media trend blames Israeli policy for the Islamist war on Western civilization. The recent coordinated bombings against British targets in Istanbul, occurring just days after the dual bombings of Istanbul synagogues, make the Islamic terrorist message brutally clear: their targets are the Jewish people and Western democratic civilization.

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