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Letters to the Editor

21 Shevat 5764 – February 13, 2004
Hail To The ChiefI enjoyed reading William Rapfogel's account of receiving a personal check from President Bush for the work of the Metropolitan Council...

So You Want To Be A Shadchan? Dos and Don’ts of Setting Singles Up

20 Shevat 5764 – February 12, 2004
The singles become more frustrated at their continued misfortune. Some of them become annoyed - even angry - at the person who set them up with someone from left field.

A Couple Of Fan Letters

20 Shevat 5764 – February 11, 2004
It's been some time since the Monitor shared a few of the more, shall we say, interesting letters and e-mails that come this way. Maybe it's the onset of a presidential campaign, or maybe we've been added to a Michael Moore mailing list - whatever the reason, there's been a definite uptick in the number of angry, off-the-wall screeds hurtling through cyberspace or trudging through the postal system, all seem ingly designed with the singular goal of disturbing the peace and interrupting the contemplation of this humble scribe.

The ‘Geneva Initiative’ And Arab-Perpetrated Jewish Genocide: Nothing New Under The Sun

The so-called "Geneva Initiative" is merely the latest expression of Arab determination to "liquidate" (a commonly-used term in Arab documents about the "Zionist Entity") Israel. Although less explicit than usual, the Geneva refusal to fully renounce a Palestinian "Right of Return" means nothing less than a carefully-conceived plan for demographic as well as military measures in the ongoing war against Israel.

Times Lowlights

13 Shevat 5764 – February 4, 2004
Regular readers of this column know the esteem in which the Monitor holds the website TimesWatch.org. The site provides consistently trenchant analysis of the distortion and bias that have come to define the news coverage provided by The New York Times. TimesWatch's year-end look back at the alleged paper of record's 'lowlights' for 2003 merits as wide a readership as possible, and the Monitor is pleased to feature it this week.

An Envelope From Texas

A year ago, the White House asked me to speak at a conference in Philadelphia. I was glad to learn that the president would be there, but I was surprised to hear him again mention Met Council's work in his remarks.

Equal Earthquakes, Unequal Results

Of the twenty, only three have taken place in nations where Christianity has had a profound influence.

Lightness In The Midst Of A War Zone

As soon as I arrived at my undisclosable location, I began scouting for Yiddin in the area. I found a total of five other Jews on our base.

70 Years And Growing

Chaverim came from every city, town, religious Kibbutz and settlement in Israel.

Understanding The Sharon Plan

Since he was elected three years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has expressed skepticism that a permanent settlement with the Palestinians is possible, and has instead sought an interim agreement.

The ‘Geneva Initiative’ And Amnesty For Palestinian Terrorists

An essential element of all civilized legal systems is the fundamental rule of "No crime without a punishment." This principle, drawn originally from the law of Ancient Israel, is conspicuously codified in binding international law.

Who Is A True Zionist?

8 Shevat 5764 – January 30, 2004
Three of the Vizhnitzer Rebbeim who survived the Holocaust decided to make aliyah. America, England, Canada or other galut domiciles that were beckoning to them didn't even enter their minds.

The Nameless Victims

We've grown too jaded because of the sheer numbers of Jews killed and maimed by Arab terrorists.

A Glimpse Behind Columbia’s Middle East Mask

Two afternoon and evening panels presented uniform, monochrome anti-imperialist, anti-American and anti-Israel scripts.

A Time To Pity

Just as there are horrific diseases (lupus, multiple sclerosis, etc.) that result from a warped auto-immune system that causes the body to attack itself, certain individuals have a sick sense of self that attacks the soul.

Letters To The Editor

Out Of The AshesA firefighter found a sefer Tehillim at ground zero. The name inside is Avraham Binyamin Shapiro (it may be Spira). If...

Migron First

5 Shevat 5764 – January 28, 2004
In Israel, when a politician wants to label the start of a process, he often uses the concept ". . . first!"

Prosecuting Saddam: Which Paths To Justice?

Under international law, Saddam Hussein is the quintessential Hostes Humani Generis, a "Common Enemy of Mankind." Prosecuting the former Iraqi dictator, therefore, would now appear to be a decidedly simple judicial matter.

Orthodox Hellenism, 5764

4 Shevat 5764 – January 26, 2004
The period of Chanukah is referred to by our rabbis as Golus Yavan -- the Grecian Exile.

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