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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...

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.

Migron First

In Israel, when a politician wants to label the start of a process, he often uses the concept ". . . first!"

Orthodox Hellenism, 5764

The period of Chanukah is referred to by our rabbis as Golus Yavan -- the Grecian Exile.

The ‘December Dilemma’ – Bah! Humbug!

Joseph taught us that you don't succeed in a non-Jewish environment by throwing away your values and mimicking those around you.

Olmert, Demographics And The Right

If there is a myth about Rabin that must be debunked, it is that the Clinton Plan, the Geneva Accord and similar ideas are somehow consistent with his legacy.

Letters To The Editor

'Activist' Doesn'tMean LiberalI really enjoyed reading "Fighting Carter: Memories Of 1980" (op-ed, Dec. 19). As a college activist, I particularly appreciated how it demonstrated...

They Said That?!

The following represents an extensive sampling of what passes for objective reporting and trenchant analysis in today's media culture.

Web Favorites

This week's Monitor, as promised, features a listing of websites and blogs worth visiting, at least in our estimation and the estimation of our readers. Unlike our previous listing of favorite websites last September, we make no attempt here to rank the sites in order of popularity.

Sippin’ Geneva Juice

Tom Friedman is certainly a man who turns silly when talking about peace in the Middle East.

New Director Ushers In New Era For Orthodox Caucus

The Orthodox Caucus seeks to work on situations that exist in the Orthodox community that have not been dealt with adequately - and remedy them.

Israel’s Security Fence Symbolizes Defeat

For those areas that remain adjacent to Israel, minefields and antipersonnel devices are both cheaper and more effective than a fence.

Thanksgiving And Chanukah

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

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 Nuclear Enemies

"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."

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