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How to Blot out Amalek

10 Adar 5772 – March 4, 2012
Perhaps you can’t really define a people without also defining its enemies. Certainly many believe that if the Jews could get rid of the idea of peoplehood, then they wouldn’t have enemies.The experience of the 19th century assimilationists and post-Oslo Israel tells us that this strategy doesn’t work in the real world. Even if we refuse to remember Amalek, he remembers us. And if we don’t have the support of self-conscious peoplehood (and its concrete representation, the Jewish state), how can we fight him?

The Wisdom within the Law

23 Shevat 5772 – February 16, 2012
The Jewish nation has no such concept as “religion” in the formal sense of the term, as we reject the notion of anything lying outside the realm of HaShem. It is Israel’s mission to elevate every sphere of Creation by infusing it with kedusha and bringing it to its highest potential in our world.

The Mystical Message Of The Chanukah Dreidel

26 Kislev 5772 – December 21, 2011
Chanukah commemorates our victory over the Syrian-Greeks and the Hellenists – Jews who betrayed their own people in order to curry favor with the gentiles.

It’s My Opinion: Conduct Unbecoming An Officer

20 Kislev 5772 – December 15, 2011
A recent scandal in South Florida has created quite a stir. An officer with the North Miami Beach police department has been accused of trying to cast a spell on the city manager.

Living Like A Rock

Rashi tells us that after the Torah described the life of Eisav in an abbreviated manner, it then told over the events of the life of Yaakov in full detail.

The Wheel of Change

20 Sivan 5771 – June 22, 2011
Dear Readers: The Torah revolves around one simple concept - treating others in the way you would want to be treated. The following poem gives a glimpse as to why.

Facing A ‘New Middle East’: Core Recommendation For Israel’s Strategic Future...

24 Nisan 5771 – April 28, 2011
By its improved use of correlation of forces thinking, Israel will need to seize every available operational initiative, including certain appropriate intelligence and counterintelligence functions, to best influence and control each enemy's particular matrix of expectations. This is a tall policy order, especially as these multiple enemies will include both state and sub-state adversaries, often with substantial and subtle interactions between them. Moreover, in an age of chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons, the consequences of certain IDF planning failures could be literally intolerable.

It’s My Opinion: Gam Zu L’Tovah

4 Sivan 5770 – May 17, 2010
Judaism encourages the concept of gratitude. A Jew is directed to thank G-d for all. There is a blessing to be said upon hearing good news and a blessing to be said when the news is bad. There is a blessing upon seeing exceptional beauty and a blessing to be said when viewing a disaster. There are blessings for weddings and blessings for funerals.

Tzelem: Presence And Likeness In Jewish Art

12 Iyyar 5769 – May 6, 2009
Jewish Art is a grass-roots movement whose time has come. It has evolved precisely because there are those who are moved by their Jewish heritage and wish to share this experience with the art world, the general public and the Jewish community. There has never been such an exciting time.

Title: A Mitzva for Zelda

1 Adar 5769 – February 25, 2009
A heartwarming story about a fictional lady who knitskippot for oddly shaped cartoonish heads, A Mitzva for Zelda is a good book for young readers and little listeners. It can put smiles on every face as it teaches about reciprocity and the concept of gratitude.

The Values That Make Judaism Unique

19 Heshvan 5768 – October 31, 2007
Two weeks ago I debated Michael Steinhardt, the renowned philanthropist and self-declared atheist, and Prof. Noah Feldman, arguably America's foremost thirty-something legal mind, on the subject of whether or not Jews are different based on their values.

Jewish Women Artists Talk About Their Work (Part Five)

30 Nisan 5767 – April 18, 2007
Permission to Use Hebrew Letters, Healing the World, and the Pull of Judaism

Distorted Reality

We all have preconceived notions that we accept as real and never challenge.

Parshat Chayei Sarah

24 Heshvan 5767 – November 15, 2006
It's hard to imagine life without them, and yet they almost never came into being.

Parshat Chayei Sarah

It's hard to imagine life without them, and yet they almost never came into being.

Israel, ‘Palestine’ And ‘Correlation Of Forces’ In The Middle East

11 Nisan 5765 – April 20, 2005
War is never far from the minds of prudent Israelis, and prudent operational planning must always look closely at the regional "correlation of forces." Drawn from the military lexicon of the former Soviet Union, this concept is usefully applied as a particular measure of armed forces, from the subunit level to major formations.

Celestial Sightings

2 Nisan 5764 – March 24, 2004
With an active household and a busy lifestyle, my day, as for most people, is full of many mundane chores that need to be taken care of as part of the routine schedule.

Q & A: Sinat Chinam Destroyed Our House

6 Elul 5763 – September 3, 2003
QUESTION: Our Sages strongly condemned sinat chinam - yet at times, good resulted from it. For example, when the sons of Yaakov went down to Egypt many years after selling their brother, they were treated royally.Shlomo FeivelsonCoconut Creek, FL

Q & A: Hachana (Part I)

20 Sivan 5763 – June 20, 2003
QUESTION: Is it halachically permissible to pack on the Sabbath or Yom Tov for a trip to be taken on the next day?Moishe HalberstamBrooklyn, NY

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