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Defecting Syrian Officer: Chemical Weapons Already Transferred to Hezbollah

25 Kislev 5773 – December 9, 2012
The Syrian army has already used a small amount of chemical weapons in a battle near Baba Amr.

Israeli Startup Helps Kids Manage Hanukkah Gelt

22 Kislev 5773 – December 6, 2012
Just in time for Hanukkah, an Israeli startup is helping kids to handle their gelt responsibly.

Firebombs and Stones

12 Kislev 5773 – November 25, 2012
On Sunday, a firebomb was thrown at an Israeli car on route 443. A massive amount of stones were thrown at a bus near Maaleh...

Stuff In The Fridge

10 Kislev 5773 – November 23, 2012
Among the many things we were tested with during Hurricane Sandy was the way in which we can preserve our food in the middle of a disaster.


9 Kislev 5773 – November 22, 2012
A week after Hurricane Sandy, the Blums still had no electricity. They had run extension cords to a neighbor's house to power some basic items, like the fridge and telephone, but the protracted living without power was taking its toll on the family.

The Ever Reliable Jewish Voter

8 Kislev 5773 – November 21, 2012
Roughly 30 percent of those Jews who had voted for Reagan in 1980 went for Mondale in 1984.

Landmark Case: Israel Court Has Jurisdiction Over Suits Against Palestinian Authority

5 Kislev 5773 – November 19, 2012
The Jerusalem District Court, in a landmark decision 10 years in the making, ruled on Sunday that the Palestinian Authority can be sued in Israeli court for damages suffered by an Israeli Arab tortured and kidnapped by their security forces on suspicion of spying for Israel, according to a report by The Times of Israel.

Summary of Overnight Events

2 Kislev 5773 – November 16, 2012
Overnight, the IDF targeted approximately 150 medium range rocket launching sites as well as ammunition storage facilities across the Gaza Strip, causing severe damage...

How Much Time Do You Have?

2 Kislev 5773 – November 15, 2012
A map showing the amount of time the residents of each district in Israel have to get into a bomb shelter after a rocket...

Parshat Toldot: The Power Of A Text

The theme of my column is leadership. As a general rule I avoid extrapolating leadership lessons from current events. The following is my reasoning. First, the information available from current events is often incomplete and inaccurate. Even when the information is relatively complete and accurate it is unanalyzed. Therefore the basis for lessons learned may prove to be faulty. Second, current events are often too current. To attempt to draw practical lessons in a dispassionate way would be insensitive.

Fight over Circumcision Dividing German Parliament

28 Heshvan 5773 – November 13, 2012
Left-wing German MPs are threatening to oppose their government's attempt to keep male circumcision legal in Germany. More than 50 MPs from three parties...

God Works in Mysterious and Especially Tiny Ways (Video)

Once the lone star tic bites you, you could die, God forbid, from eating meat.

Three Ways That Your Pension May be Spent Before It Enters Your Bank Account

17 Heshvan 5773 – November 2, 2012
When saving for retirement, you may feel secure because you’re putting aside earnings into a pension plan. However, what you may not realize is that some of that money is going to be spent even before it reaches your bank account.

Israeli Team Discovers Stem Cell “Bodyguards”

15 Heshvan 5773 – October 31, 2012
A research team headed by Professor Tsvee Lapidot of Israel’s Weizmann Institute’s immunology Department has discovered that the body’s precious stem cells – special bodies which can morph into many different types in order to provide vital services to the body in cases of need – have a little help in the immune system.

Post ‘Biberman’ Weekly Poll Average: 36.6 Likud-Beiteinu, 24.3 Labor

13 Heshvan 5773 – October 29, 2012
Polls conducted in the aftermath of the announcement of the joint-list agreement between the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu show the two parties at best keeping their current amount of Knesset seats. The average has them down.

Romney Can’t and Obama Won’t Do What America Needs (Podcast Pt. II)

12 Heshvan 5773 – October 28, 2012
Romney may say the right things, but will he really be able to affect change? And Obama says… and does… the wrong things, and he has no reason to change. Democrats complain that Romney has no sympathy for the unemployment problem. Here is part II of Douglas Goldstein's radio show.

Dealing With Leftovers

13 Tishri 5773 – September 28, 2012
The holidays are upon us which means lots of food. So, what to do with all those leftovers? Here are some creative ideas.

ZOA Loses Tax Exemption Status, Will Apply for Reinstatement

25 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
The Zionist Organization of America has lost its 501(c)3 tax exemption status, due to failure to file tax returns for the last three years.

Daf Yomi

29 Tammuz 5772 – July 18, 2012
Self Evident? ‘What Uncleanness Is There In A Nasal Discharge?’ (Niddah 55b- 56a)

Fighting The Tuition Crisis With Financially-Driven Parent Volunteer Programs

22 Tammuz 5772 – July 11, 2012
A recent CNN Money article focused on how more students than ever are requesting need-based financial aid from the private schools they attend. “Private schools are getting flooded with financial aid applications, and a growing number of the parents seeking help are earning $150,000 or more a year,” the article stated. It also pointed out that “overall, the average cost of tuition at private schools across all grades is nearly $22,000 a year, up 4% from a year ago and 26% higher than it was in the 2006-07 academic year, according to the National Association of Independent Schools.”

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