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Can a Gadol Resign?

Gedolim are not perfect. They are human, just like the rest of us. A true Gadol will always try to do the right thing. And the public should not lose out because of occasional errors.

How the World Sees Men in Black

It is ethical and moral behavior that makes us a light unto the nations.

Finding the Jewish Billy Graham, the Israeli Martin Luther King

Public relations is nearly the whole ball game and we Jews have lost the battle not just in modern times with Israel but throughout a long and tragic history

Myths and Realities of the ‘Shidduch Crisis’

Many singles are not facing a crisis of shidduchim but a crisis of identity, wrestling with existential questions most families simply do not have the time to consider.

Ed Koch, FDR, and the Holocaust

In a world of cynics and naysayers, where too many people almost instinctively assume the worst of their fellow citizens, our generation was fortunate to have Ed Koch.

Is Consent for Metzitza B’Peh Really about Banning Circumcision?

Metzizah b'peh is not even required by many Orthododx poskim. In fact it is actually discouraged by some.

Atlanta is a Hard Place for Orthodox Jews to Leave

Jews and Christians here are to the right of the Likud's Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Super Narishkeit Bowl

After all, who has time to sit in the dark and watch narishkeit? We have a country to build.

Observations on American Jewry

In Israel, many of us mistakenly think that world Jewry and international politicians have nothing else on their minds but what's happening in Israel. The opposite is the case.

Draft Diaspora Jews into the IDF!

If we can’t forcibly draft Diaspora Jews, then it’s up to them to enlist on their own.

The Opposition (or Lack thereof) to Hagel

Odd that CUFI is out there swinging and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is silent.

Movers and Shakers

In his new book Movers and Shakers, Elliot Resnick was able to capture the essence of each of his subjects.

Inspiring Our Youth and the Search for Meaning

Among the many things Judaism can do for you is to give meaning to your life.

In the Army Now: An Orthodox Jew’s US Army Experience

It is vital for religious Jews of all ages to be involved in public service in some form or another.

We Ain’t Got a Soul in America

Jewish life changes when we are in Galut. Not only does our Clalli soul disappear, but every detail of our life is affected.

Twas the Last Night of Hanukah

By and large, American Jews are not really waiting for Mashiach to come.

Not in Accordance with the Torah?

One of the most informative books I have ever read on the subject of early 20th century American Jewry was Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet’s biography of Bernard Revel, the 1st President of Yeshiva University. The picture painted of American Jewry in the Revel bio matches that of Rabbi Rakeffet’s own autobiographical account of growing up in pre-war era New York. To put it simply - Orthodox Judaism as we know it today did not exist.

Next Year in Jerusalem

In two weeks millions of Jews will cry out, "Next Year in Jerusalem" and millions more will cry out, "Vote for Obama." And we shall see whose faith will prevail.

Peter Beinart and Zionism

Beinart has decided that it is acceptable to boycott products from the West Bank but he encourages purchasing products from what he inaccurately and annoyingly refers to as "democratic" Israel. Here again is the latest form of idol worship that plagues Beinart and many left-wing American Jews - democracy.

Unsung Hero: Reverend Arnold Fischel

Last month’s column outlined the struggle that took place at the beginning of the Civil War to get Congress to allow the appointment of Jewish army chaplains. Originally only Christian clergymen could serve as chaplains, and it was only as a result of pressure from the American Jewish community that in 1861 Congress passed a new law allowing ordained clergy of other religions to serve as chaplains. The Reverend Arnold (Adolph) Fischel (1830-1894) played a key role in this effort.

The Jewish Chaplaincy Controversy

“The American tradition of the military chaplaincy is as old as the United States itself. Clergymen served with the armies of the individual colonies almost from the first battle of the Revolution, and provisions for the payment of chaplains were enacted by the Continental Congress as early as 1775.

About Those Supposedly Offensive Israeli Ads…

Dear American Jews, I wish to apologize in the name of the State of Israel. We have heard our ad campaign encouraging ex-pat Israelis to come home has offended many of you. That was certainly not the intent, and if it did offend, we are sorry.

Dear American Jews

I wish to apologize in the name of the State of Israel. We have heard that our ad campaign encouraging ex-pat Israelis to come home has offended many of you. That was certainly not the intent, and if it did offend, we are sorry.

American Jewry And The 1840 Damascus Blood Libel

Anyone familiar with Jewish history knows of the blood libels that have been used against Jews for centuries.

Slumbering Through The Wake-Up Calls

That which transpired during these past few weeks should have shaken us all. To be sure, traumatic events have been pounding away at American Jewry for years now - as a matter of fact, from 9/11 on. But few of us have taken them to heart. Something was happening and is happening in the world, but we choose not to see or hear. It's easier to attribute everything to natural causes because then we can go on our merry way and indulge in business as usual.

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