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We Can Make A Difference

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The High Holy Days are over. It was an awesome spiritual time – when we probed or souls, asked profound questions and tried to determine what our lives are all about. We made resolutions – each in our own personal way – committed to being better Jews. We promised to become better ambassadors of Hashem, more meticulous with mitzvot, more devoted and zealous in doing acts of loving kindness, and in general, become more dedicated to our Torah and all that that implies. And now comes the big question: Are we still determined to make that change?

Stretching The Rubber Band

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The Torah is defined as flint, a hard stone that is sturdy and unbreakable. It is therefore ironic that the year 5770 saw the Torah stretched as a rubber band – with the extremes causing the fraying of the bonds of Torah and Klal Yisrael and with no respite in sight.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Aaron Klein
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

PA Behind Temple Mount Attacks Riots near the Temple Mount that left at least 10 Israelis wounded last week were instigated and partially directed by the Palestinian Authority, according to a senior Israeli security official speaking to this column. The security official said elements of the Israeli government asked the PA to cease its involvement in instigating […]

Blaming the Victim: The Truth About Palestinian Anti-Semitism

Richard L. Cravatts
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

In August, the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) brought together some 110 scholars to present papers and share ideas relevant to the theme of “Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity.” The conference had as its seemingly straightforward, and productive, objective to further the initiative’s primary role of identifying and seeking to explain current manifestations of the world’s oldest hatred.

What Freedom Of Speech?

Steven Plaut
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The latest headliner in the campaign to silence critics of Israel’s radical Left is Prof. Zvi Hacohen, the new rector at Ben Gurion University. A professor in chemistry and “desert research,” Hacohen was cited at length in Haaretz (Sept. 15) denouncing people, especially students of the Zionist Im Tirtzu movement, who dare criticize leftist sedition.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Aaron Klein
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Is The Building Freeze Really Over?    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.S. he will implement a de facto freeze on Jewish construction in the West Bank and some eastern Jerusalem communities, according to sources in the Israeli government and Palestinian Authority.     PA officials, meanwhile, told this column they received a U.S. pledge that […]

Sin Of The Grasshoppers

Dr. Ervin Birnbaum
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

With Israel surrounded, as ever, by implacable enemies and forced to endure withering assaults of negative international opinion, we can take needed comfort and learn an important lesson from the Torah context of some key phrases in the Yom Kippur liturgy we recited just days ago.

Is Islam Itself The Problem?

Moshe Dann
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Supporters of the planned mosque and Islamic center near Manhattan’s Ground Zero have focused on the issue of religious freedom. But as thousands of mosques have already been built throughout America, this is false – a straw man if ever there was one.

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