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Tearing Off Labels

18 Heshvan 5767 – November 8, 2006
Integrating the advances in the world around us without compromising halacha is part and parcel of Judaism, not something that needs to be noted with an additional adjective such as "modern."

Letters To The Editor

Recalling The Voice   Kudos to Jason Maoz for his wonderful Oct. 27 front-page essay "A Voice to Make Men Weep," about Chazzan Moshe Koussevitzky,...

Anorexia And The Orthodox Seminary Girl

Last week my eldest daughter called me from Israel, where she is studying for a year in seminary, crying and terribly distraught. A girl she was friendly with from another seminary had died of anorexia. She was seventeen years old.

In Bangladesh, Support For Israel Sparks Persecution

One moderate Muslim voice, a brave Bangladeshi journalist, has withstood years of unfair persecution in Dhaka for supporting Israel. He's been jailed and beaten, and as he now prepares to stand trial for his life, it's time for the world community to act.

Pain And Terror

We Jews have experienced so much pain in our long and arduous history that the pain of Islamic terrorism seems to be just another episode of indescribable suffering. To an extent, this is certainly true. For the moment, we must endure, and - in the end - we shall prevail. So it has been before; so it will be again.

A Voice To Make Men Weep

His voice had the strength of a pipe organ and the gentleness of a violin, but most of all it had the power to make men weep.

FDR Was A Hero, Not A Villian – Why I Wrote “Saving the Jews:...

In April 2001, I visited my daughter Ali, then a fifteen-year-old student at Phillips Academy in Andover, near Boston. We went to the Holocaust Memorial near Quincy Market in downtown Boston, and I was taken aback by a seemingly innocuous but in fact outrageous statement engraved in stone: "By late 1942, the United States and its Allies were aware of the death camps but did nothing to destroy them."

Diplomatic Sanctions Won’t Work For Iran

26 Tishri 5767 – October 18, 2006
There is no easy answer to the question of ongoing Iranian nuclearization. All options are unappealing, and all will have very substantial costs. For the moment, diplomacy still seems to be the preferred path to crisis remediation, but only because polite conversation and empty threats protect all parties from taking easily identifiable risks.

Misfocusing On Mel

This summer there was a big hue and cry over the anti-Jewish rants uttered by a very drunk Mel Gibson after he was stopped by police for driving like a ...drunk - out of control, with an inability to think and judge clearly.

Should Looted Art From The Holoucast Be Returned? A Response To Michael Kimmelman

Ever since artists created berry juice paintings of buffalos on cave walls, seeking to offer the hunters mastery over their prey, artists have used limited, physical materials to create transcendent, idealized art.

Frum or Ehrlich?

The American Orthodox Jewish community of today is drastically different from the community that existed in America 75 years ago.

Fred Lebow And Pol 101

Thanks to Fred Lebow, founder of the New York City Marathon, some 500,000 Americans will run in marathons this year. In my book Anything for a T-Shirt: Fred Lebow and the New York City Marathon, the World's Greatest Footrace (Syracuse University Press, 2004), I show how Lebow, a Holocaust survivor, changed the notion of this 26.2 mile race, which this year will be held on Sunday, Nov. 5, from a grueling, sweaty showcase for elite runners into a people's competition.

Friends And Foes – Within And Without

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's speech at the American Task Force for Palestine's inaugural dinner in Washington last week was but the latest sign that America's alliance with Israel is weakening.

People Of The Book

A constant theme of Rabbi Berel Wein's writings and lectures is that the Torah is about people, not events. The Torah was never intended to sit on a shelf somewhere as so many books do. In fact, its laws and traditions were intended to be transmitted orally, evidence of the fact that it is people to whom and for whom the Torah was given.

Leftists For A Second Holocaust

20 Tishri 5767 – October 11, 2006
In his visit to Lebanon earlier this year, Noam Chomsky justified Hizbullah's military arsenal as a "deterrent to potential aggression."

Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's stated recognition of Israel's right to exist is part of a "political calculation" aimed at ultimately destroying the Jewish...

The Democrats’ War Against The War

Two recent news items speak volumes about the Democratic Party's priorities on national security. First, Democratic majorities in the House and Senate - including all the presidential aspirants - voted against the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which authorized military tribunals to try terrorist suspects and established guidelines for their aggressive interrogation. Then 177 House Democrats voted to thwart the passage of the Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act, which expanded electronic surveillance of terrorists on foreign soil.

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