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The Voice of a Child

21 Heshvan 5773 – November 5, 2012
Children should be seen and not heard. It was a maxim that I heard many times throughout my childhood and which caused me a fair amount of frustration. When, I often wondered, would I cross that invisible line and move out of the periphery to which I was assigned, into the arena of adulthood and be given the chance to express an opinion that people would listen to?

Barak and Barack

20 Heshvan 5773 – November 4, 2012
An interview with Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak — thinly disguised as “the decision-maker” created a sensation in early August, when he suggested that an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities was imminent. Barak explained that Israel could not depend on an American commitment to destroy the program in the future, even if it were made today. Suddenly, last week, Barak began to sing a different tune.

Likud Approves ‘Biberman’ Deal, Polls Show Zero Gain

14 Heshvan 5773 – October 29, 2012
Netanyahu said that the decision to run together won't change the Likud, but it would allow the Likud to change the State of Israel. But the new joint list will receive only 42 seats in the next Knesset elections next January, a Channel 2 News poll found on Sunday. It means that the parties will retain their current power.

The Safety Net You Need

13 Heshvan 5773 – October 28, 2012
The last time you were at the circus did you gasp as the trapeze artist swung through the air? Even though his antics might be scary, there’s a strong safety net catch him in the event of a fall. Hopefully, the trapeze artist won’t ever need to use it. But it is always there – just in case.

Arab Teachers’ Rejection of Holocaust Education Highlights Arab Anti-Semitism

2 Heshvan 5773 – October 17, 2012
Rumors of a U.N. decision to introduce Holocaust studies in schools in Palestinian refugee camps run by UNRWA have outraged Jordanian teachers.

Making Amends

Where I now work, there is a small kitchen where workers can have lunch. We take our lunch breaks at different times, and I usually take mine at the same time as an unassuming young man named Benny Green, a 25-year-old who works in the company’s stockroom.

New Brit Mila Legislation May Be Weeks Away in Germany

16 Tishri 5773 – October 2, 2012
Ritual circumcisions have resumed in the Cologne region of Germany, ending a controversy started in a Cologne court in June, when judges decided ritual circumcision constituted “bodily harm” to boys and religious coercion.

Are Your Investment Decisions Rational?

12 Tishri 5773 – September 28, 2012
As a financial planner, I often ask new clients why a particular investment is included in their portfolio. One answer that I find somewhat worrying is: “I don’t really know how to explain it, but I just had a gut feeling that this stock was going to be a winner!”

Germany Initiating Pro-Circumcision Legislation

11 Tishri 5773 – September 27, 2012
A spokesman for German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said his office is working on an outline for new legislation that will permit circumcision of minor males after a controversial court decision in the summer that criminalized the rite.

Israeli Company Wins Tender to Build Milk Parlors for Belarus

4 Tishri 5773 – September 20, 2012
An Israeli company has won a 12 million-euro tender with the Belarusian government to build 135 advanced cow milking parlors across the country.

Canada Tells Iranian Diplomats to Take a Hike, Israel Cheers on

22 Elul 5772 – September 8, 2012
Canada suspended diplomatic relations with Iran, closing down its embassy in Iran and giving Iranian diplomats in Canada five days to leave Canadian soil.

Bais Yaakov Dropout: So Where Were My Parents?

17 Elul 5772 – September 4, 2012
When I said I wish someone had been there to tell me all the things I know about Judaism now, I was wrong. There were people who would have told me, had I been brave enough to ask. I have had many amazing influences in my life - my siblings, friends, families in my community. Now, looking back, I can see the effect that they had on me. But when I was fourteen and feeling like I didn't fit in, I didn't think anyone would understand.

LOL: NFL Fighting Brain Injuries

I recently received this press release from the Department of Defense: Army, NFL Team Up to Fight Traumatic Brain Injury OK, the headline itself is a...

Right Furious over Barak’s Decision Not to Decide on Ariel University

17 Elul 5772 – September 3, 2012
Last night, Defense Minsiter Ehud Barak decided that Nitzan Allon, head of the IDF Central Command, will not sign his approval for Ariel University to be recognized as a fully accredited university. This decision brought about a very angry reaction from right wing government factions.

Some Residents Have Barricaded Themselves, But Migron Evacuation Is Proceeding as Planned

15 Elul 5772 – September 2, 2012
After the Supreme Court finally ordered to evacuate the residents of the Judea and Samaria village of Migron from their homes by September 4, some families have begun on Saturday night to leave their homes voluntarily. For the first time since the court's decision, dozens of police officers and IDF soldiers have moved into the community. The soldiers arrived before dawn and blocked the village entrance. Some residents have barricaded themselves in their homes and refuse to leave.

The ‘Pro-Palestinians’ can go Home

11 Elul 5772 – August 29, 2012
Palestinian-Arab journalist and Judea-Samaria resident Hisham Jarallah says it is time that the "pro-Palestinian" activists leave the Palestinians alone and search for another cause to advance their messages of hate and violence.

Modi’in Mayor Calls Recent EU Decision ‘Harmful to Israel’s Sovereignty’

5 Elul 5772 – August 23, 2012
Haim Bibas, Modi'in mayor: "Arab states and various organizations have tried to harm the legitimacy and sovereignty of Israel in every available forum. The EU’s decision not to include the city of Modi'in Maccabim-Re'ut as part of the free trade agreement with Israeli cities is the most recent example.”

PC Kills: 11 Hospital Staff Members Contract Tuberculosis from African Illegals

5 Elul 5772 – August 22, 2012
It appears that the staff members contracted the disease from African patients.

How Peer Pressure Could Help Your Investments

While generally peer pressure is viewed as a negative trait, emulating successful people may help increase your own chances of success.

It’s On: Israeli Universities Petition High Court Against Ariel University

2 Elul 5772 – August 20, 2012
These exulted academic institutions are working in concert to decimate another academic institution, for its original sin of standing 10 miles east of the "green line."

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