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Failing in Order to Succeed

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

Increased economic ties between Israel and China usher in cultural exchange.

Infidel

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

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

Israeli artist Idan Raichel blends African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds.

Open Letter to Roger Waters: Music Is Our Shared Language

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

The left's deconstruction of social institutions is not a quest for equality, but for destruction.

The ‘Whipped Cream’ Arabs of Israel

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’

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’?

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

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

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

It should take just one visit to the Middle East to understand what America is all about.

Don’t Let Santa Fool You

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!

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

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

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.

The Nation of Islam Discovers Scientology

The Nation of Islam's historic role as a bridge between American blacks and Islam ended in 1975 when W. Deen Mohammed followed his father, Elijah Muhammad, as leader of the Nation and immediately disavowed his father's folk religion, bringing his followers to normative Islam, the Islam of the Middle East. From then on, despite the theatrics of Louis Farrakhan, the Nation has been in a long downward trajectory. Now comes evidence, thanks to Tony Ortega in the Village Voice and Eliza Gray in The New Republic, of a jaw-dropping turn by Farrakhan, 79, to Scientology; as Gray's subtitle puts it, "America's two weirdest sects join forces."

The Downside of Religious Idealism

Why is there so much animosity between Charedi and Dati Leumi/Religious Zionist factions? I can't fully answer the question. But I do have some thoughts about it. I think it is because Israelis are far more idealistic about their religious values - especially those who make Aliyah.

Outreach, Regrets and the Wrong Man for the Job

There are many people who are born frum that have issues that are similar to ba'alei teshuva. We shouldn’'t be singling them out. But then the Rav went right into bashing Modern Orthodoxy Although he didn't label them outright it was clear from the context that the Modern Orthodox Jew is, according to him, the one with the real problem.

The Post-Structuralist Version of the Sermon on the Mount

We need to understand that a universalist civilization will not survive a contest with a tribalist one. If we don’t value our civilization, who will?

Universal Education or Universal Competence?

Politicians take for granted that education is the road to empowerment and equality. Obama has read poems off his teleprompter about the wonders of education as the only means of ensuring "our" children's future. There is nothing revolutionary about that. Every politician takes it for granted that education means empowerment. But does it really?

The World of Tomorrow

The slogan under which Obama hopes to win the next four years is "Forward". "Forward" is the quintessential progressive slogan, progressives being people who are so forward-thinking that they want to remake the 21st Century in line with their 19th Century ideas. Progressivism, like so many other flavors of futurism, is so new it's old.

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