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Brando’s Branding

The death of the legendary actor Marlon Brando brings to mind an incident that tarred his reputation for years afterward and that serves to illustrate how certain Jewish organizations and their self-serving "spokesmen" risk trivializing the entire issue of anti-Semitism.

Project Daniel: Israel’s Policy Of Nuclear Ambiguity (Part Five)

My prior column dealt with some of the precise ways in which a nuclear war might actually begin between Israel and its enemies. From the standpoint of preventing such a war, it is essential that Israel now protect itself with suitable policies of preemption, defense and deterrence.

The Truth About ‘Palestinian Refugees’

Try to imagine what the world would be like if Israel had granted the "Palestinian refugees" who fled from Israel in 1948-49 the right to return to Israel.

Rav Avigdor Miller: The Later Years

From 1946 to 1975 Rav Miller was the rav of the Young Israel of Rugby in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. In 1975 the shul relocated to Ocean Parkway near Avenue R and was subsequently called Bais Yisroel Torah Center. Rav Miller served as the rav there until his passing in 2001.

Why Was The Vilna Gaon Fasting On July 4, 1776?

Could it be that the Founding Fathers gave the gift of America to the world on a day that Jews were fasting?

Response To An Angry Bush-Basher

Don't you know," said the lady, "that George Liar Bush and almost all his cabinet members are egotistic, selfish, liars, and disinterested in peace and justice?

The Other Refugees

In fact, during Islam's golden age Jews were restricted as to their choice of occupation, mode of dress, forms of worship, even access to specific parts of some cities.

Media Swoon For Moore

What was that about the media not having a liberal bias? For a few months back in 2003, left-wing pundits and authors, reacting to a spate of books documenting the unmistakable leftwardtilt of the country's prestige media outlets, began putting forth the argument that their side was the one getting the short end of the stick.

Project Daniel: Israel’s Survival Struggle And Nuclear War In The Middle East (Part Four)

Israel's survival problem is basically as follows: A small state, indeed a microstate that is less than half the size of Lake Michigan, is surrounded by several openly-genocidal enemy states - some of which still seek biological and/or nuclear weapons of mass destruction.

‘Song of Peace’ Redux

In the late 1960's, well after the Six Day War, a whine-filled "peace song" titled Shir Hashalom became popular among Israel's teeny-boppers. At the...

Rav Avigdor Miller: His Years as Mashgiach

What follows below should be read in light of what Orthodoxy in the United States was during the forties, fifties and sixties. Orthodoxy certainly looked at least 'externally' different than it does today. In general, Orthodox Jews dressed in a fashion similar to their gentile neighbors. Most Orthodox men were clean shaven.

Give Us A Horse Race Any Day

Of the taking of polls there is no end, particularly in a presidential election year. Although it's considered the better part of wisdom to feign at least a healthy disregard, if not an active disdain, for the preponderance of polling, the truth is that political junkies couldn't live without a steady dose of polls.

Blithe Spirits, Rest In Peace

Progressive Jews (both secular and religious) initially refused to focus on the fact that Pearl was beheaded because he was a Jew and an American.

In addition to being an outstanding prosecutor, Charles had a unique ability to link diverse people and create bonds for the benefit of the wider community.

Roots and Wings: How Jerusalem Sustains Us

What an irony: No other people except the Jews has ever made Jerusalem its capital, despite its conquest by many imperial powers, but now clear facts are denied and history is rewritten.

What Price Sharon’s Diplomacy?

Something must have happened to so dramatically shuffle the cards and leave the analysts dumbfounded.

Clear Distinctions Drove Reagan’s Foreign Policy

Mrs. Thatcher told us that Mrs. Gandhi had complained to her that America's attitude toward India was nowhere near as positive as she would have expected it to be toward a fellow democracy.

Project Daniel: Israel, Sun-Tzu And The Art Of War (Part Three)

My previous column on Project Daniel considered the dire consequences of a nuclear war in the Middle East, an almost unimaginable scenario of devastation and suffering that Israel must carefully avoid. It was the spectre of precisely such a scenario that first gave rise to Project Daniel.

Rav Avigdor Miller: His Early Years

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.

Making The Case For Israel

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.

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