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Netanyahu, Lapid, Punish Families with Children and Bennett is Silent

14 Elul 5773 – August 20, 2013
"Only the wealthy won't feel Binyamin Netanyahu and Yair Lapid's latest budget cut."

Failing in Order to Succeed

14 Elul 5773 – August 19, 2013
Robert F. Kennedy echoed the optimistic spirit of youth when he said, "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."

Tribalism, Post-Tribalism and Counter-Tribalism

The modern left has become a curious amalgam of the modern, the post-modern and the savage.

Chinese-Israeli Cultural Relations Blossoming

9 Elul 5773 – August 15, 2013
Increased economic ties between Israel and China usher in cultural exchange.

Infidel

30 Av 5773 – August 5, 2013
Hirsi Ali was handed the microphone and, 16 months later, her words remain imprinted on my brain: "Even if you give them Jerusalem, there will be no peace."

Vienna Hosts First European Jewish Choral Festival

5 Sivan 5773 – May 13, 2013
The Vienna Jewish Choir last weekend hosted the first European Jewish Choral Festival with a comprehensive repertoire of Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino songs, the...

Sounds Israeli: The Idan Raichel Project

20 Iyyar 5773 – April 30, 2013
Israeli artist Idan Raichel blends African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds.

Open Letter to Roger Waters: Music Is Our Shared Language

9 Iyyar 5773 – April 18, 2013
One-sided cultural embargos such as those advocated by Mr. Waters are an affront to both Palestinian and Israeli moderates who seek peace.

The Deconstruction of Marriage

24 Nisan 5773 – April 4, 2013
The left's deconstruction of social institutions is not a quest for equality, but for destruction.

The ‘Whipped Cream’ Arabs of Israel

21 Adar 5773 – March 3, 2013
Arabs outside of Israel envy Arab citizens of Israel, labeling them "Arab al-Zibda," or "whipped cream Arabs."

Buddha Statues Join Barbie Dolls in Iran’s ‘Cultural Circumcision’

9 Adar 5773 – February 18, 2013
First it was Barbie dolls. Then it was the Simpsons, another Western “evil.” Now, Iran defends itself against the wicked East and bans Buddha statues.

Is it True that ‘No One Really Frum Has a TV’?

2 Adar 5773 – February 11, 2013
With this comment Rabbi Schneierson wiped out of Orthodoxy most of observant Jewry including many Haredim.

Bar Refaeli’s Vulgar Super Bowl Ad

GoDaddy's Super Bowl spot was a disappointment for American culture and even more disappointing that it starred an Israeli icon.

Needed: A Conservative Counter-Culture

1 Adar 5773 – February 10, 2013
The entertainment industry is too big and powerful, but that will change. What will not change is that the nation is losing its values.

Israeli Culture Wins at the United Nations

15 Tevet 5773 – December 27, 2012
Many commentators on the far left scolded those who would suggest a connection between culture and success – imputing racism to such arguments.

Please, America, Learn from Egypt’s Experience: Avoid Socialism

22 Kislev 5773 – December 6, 2012
It should take just one visit to the Middle East to understand what America is all about.

Don’t Let Santa Fool You

15 Kislev 5773 – November 28, 2012
Just so the jolly little elves and white-bearded Santas don’t fool you, it pays to recall the truth about Christianity.

Letters to My Son in Gaza: Jihad Must Be Destroyed!

8 Kislev 5773 – November 21, 2012
Dear Son, Do not be confused. Know who the enemy is. With all the meaningless talk of peace agreements and cease fires, the satanic enemy...

Chinese Lanterns In The Sukkah

3 Kislev 5773 – November 16, 2012
A Hong Kong symphony of sounds fills the air as local laborers shout across the shul courtyard in Cantonese while tossing bamboo in a pile for the sukkah: Filipino maids chatter in Tagalog hovering over the children in their charge, the radio of the Nepalese gurkhas, the Synagogue security, crackles and jackhammers provide the background music. The thick air and humidity within the walls of the partially constructed bamboo sukkah sharply contrasts with the crisp fall air of Sukkot in the northeastern corridor of the United States, where the sukkahs of my childhood were laden with dried fruit and autumn color. Dozens of colorful miniature Chinese paper lanterns dangle from the sukkah and here replace the burnt orange and golden gourds of autumn.

Writer’s Profile: An Interview With Erica Lyons

19 Heshvan 5773 – November 4, 2012
I grew up in Edison, New Jersey and lived in the same house until I left for college. My parent had moved in several years before I was born. I had the same rabbi for my baby naming, my bat mitzvah and my wedding (this was a first for him). My husband and I even brought our daughter back to my old ­synagogue for her naming.

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