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Q & A: ‘Its Reading Is Its Praise’

QUESTION: On Purim we read the Megilla but do not recite Hallel, unlike other holidays. I am told that the Talmud teaches that the Megilla replaces Hallel. If so, could the Passover Haggadah replace Hallel as well? (Yet we do say Hallel on Passover.) I also remember learning that there is a connection between the holidays of Purim and Passover. Please explain.Andy Goodman(Via e-mail)

Moshiach Bin Laden

Abraham was a man who loved and feared G-d and had the character trait of self-sacrifice.

The Jewish List Of The World's Shortest Books

I suppose everyone has seen lists of the ?World's Shortest Books.? Since I think we Jews
could use our own special list, I have, as a public service and in the spirit of Purim, prepared the
first annual Official Jewish List of the World's Shortest Books.

He Walked With Kings And Rulers: Remembering David Horowitz

That beautiful smile, warm and sincere, which proceeded from a transcendent mastery of pain and loss, both personal and that of his people, first beamed at the beginning of the 20th century.

Symposium: The Jews and President Bush

In the last year there has been a wave of anti-Semitism in the United States and abroad coming from the left.

Left-Wing Hate Fest: What The Media Didn’t Tell You About The New York Anti-War...

"We don't care if you [Bush] put forth Condoleezza Rice or Colin Powell," he continued. "They do not represent the black community."

I May Not Know a Matzoh Ball From a Baseball… But I Know We...

All of you are part of this struggle that now must be our consuming focus.

The Theology Of Political Correctness In 52 Easy Steps

Interested in practicing the theology of political correctness? The very same practiced by
the PC Cult religion? Well, the theology of political correctness is based largely on going into
denial. So we have assembled a list of points in the PC Denial catechism that you will need to
practice if you truly wish to convert to being a PC progressive. Here is a list of the most
important principles of PC theology. Try to remember them all so that you can be caring and
open-hearted faster than you can say "race, gender, class" (the PC Trinity):

The ‘Lebanon Model’ And The Left’s Palkal Mindset

There's a joke that used to be funny before September 11 ruined it. A man jumps off theroof of the World Trade Center in...

Nazis, Commies & Bad Haircuts

The systematic amalgamation of anti-Semitism, theories of the superiority of the German people, and the geopolitical movement to acquire Lebensraum was a product of the intellectual environment of Ludwig Maximilian University in the 1920's.

The Hebrew Press’s Jihad Against Sharon

The hegemony over the Hebrew press in Israel by the far Left has always been a threat to Israeli democracy. The Left utilizes its near-monopoly over the press to promote its extremist and defeatist agenda in a naked manner. The Oslo debacle would never have occurred without Israel's far Left exercising near-totalitarian control over the Hebrew press and electronic media.

Bush Critics Face More Unpleasant Surprises

While the very idea of a Palestinian state was once enough to bring Israel's American friends to the barricades and create enormous pressure on Washington, that is no longer the case.

Sharon Waves Red Flag Of Statehood At Palestinian Bulls

Singer goes to great lengths trying to whitewash Sharon, stating that "When he agrees that eventually there will or must be a Palestinian state, he is dealing with the government's responsibility to decide what to say now."

Librarians Against Israel

But the al-Safi resolution should be neither obscured nor forgotten by the American people, because its passage exposes so much that is wrong and vicious about the American Library Association.

The Rise Of Tikkun Olam Paganism

I have long had a pet peeve about the vulgar misuse and distortion of the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam (repair of the world) by assimilationist Jewish liberals in the United States and elsewhere.

Bush, Jews And Democrats (Part XIV)

Here we are fourteen weeks into our series on Jewish voting habits, and the Monitor admits to having no single satisfactory answer to why Jews are still, after all these years, in such utter thrall to the Democratic party.

The Eternal Nazi: Watching A Holocaust Film In Germany

The Pianist is a testament to the indefatigable spirit of life that refuses to go gentle into the night.

Free Speech For Me But Not For Thee

Consider a country in which the minister of
justice prepares an official ''speech code'' that
delineates the boundaries of permissible
speech, and where violators may be sent to
prison.

Bush, Jews And Democrats (Part XI)

There is every reason to believe that had Bill Clinton been on the ballot in the 2000 presidential election, American Jews would have voted in overwhelming numbers to return him to office for a third term.

Leftists, Arabs Can’t Make Peace With Idea Of A Jewish State

How can we expect the world's outrage against Israeli terrorism when Israel's own officials place the blame on the victims?

Hebron And The Pains Of Redemption: Personal Reflections

The tension was unbearable because it was already Shabbat in Israel which prevented me from communicating with our people there.

Goodbye To A Jewish Hero

Irv's voice was only on a few of the tapes and, according to his lawyers, he said nothing that could be construed as conspiring to perform a criminal act.

Two People, One World

Why did the Orthodox rav agree to violate the decree of all the great roshei yeshiva and enter into this dialogue, giving Reform a platform to spew its blasphemy and disdain for Torah observant Jews?

The Torah Approach To Ecology

The great 19th century thinker Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch sees this Torah mandate as reaching beyond the letter of the law to underscore a fundamental axiom in religious life.

Shidduchim: Is This The Way It Should Be?

I wish it were just apocryphal that families, rabbis, doctors, and friends are asked the most intrusive, inappropriate, and invasive questions by shadchanim or other agents about the young man or woman.

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