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Rationality, Irrationality, And Madness: Core Enemy Differences For Israeli Nuclear Deterrence...

12 Iyyar 5772 – May 3, 2012
A "bolt-from-the-blue" CBN (chemical, biological or even nuclear) attack on Israel launched with the expectation of city-busting reprisals might not necessarily exhibit irrationality or madness. Within such an attacking state's particular ordering of preferences, any presumed religious obligation to annihilate the "Zionist Entity" could represent the overriding value.

Mazal Tov! The Weddings In Israel

6 Iyyar 5772 – April 27, 2012
For Israel's Anglo olim (immigrants), the name Givat Shmuel conjures up a marriage scene to rival that of New York's Stern University for Women. Home to hundreds of young English-speakers studying at the adjacent Bar-Ilan University, Givat Shmuel has produced a vibrant, growing community of overseas students – and a reputation for their enthusiastic coupling. Each year, the community watches as many new couples are formed, engagements are announced and weddings are celebrated.

War, Truth, And The Shadows Of Meaning

27 Nisan 5772 – April 18, 2012
It is time to look behind the news. Operation Iraqi Freedom is officially concluded; U.S. operations in Afghanistan are reportedly moving in a similar direction. More generically, however, debate about combat operations, strategy and tactics remains ongoing.

The Pianist And ‘Palestine’ (Second of Two Parts)

21 Nisan 5772 – April 12, 2012
In strategy and law, war, terrorism and genocide are not mutually exclusive. Now, following the “Arab Spring,” even as the usual suspects maintain their explicitly genocidal threats against Israel, certain “progressive” Jews proudly lead various rallies and publications for "peace” and “democracy” in the Middle East. Such “progress,” we might learn from Roman Polanski’s film “The Pianist,” could only be fashioned upon yet another generation of Jewish corpses.

The Pianist And ‘Palestine’ (First of Two Parts)

14 Nisan 5772 – April 5, 2012
On the surface, “The Pianist” is “merely” the true tale of a talented Jewish musician, Wladyslaw Szpilman, caught up in the unfathomable depths of Nazi occupation and terror. More profoundly, of course, it is a disturbing visual microcosm of the generic human struggle between good and evil, a titanic contest that is sometimes utterly clear but at other times distressingly “gray."

Obama’s ‘Nuclear Weapons-Free World’: Some Implications For Israel

6 Nisan 5772 – March 28, 2012
President Obama continues to favor the creation of a "nuclear weapons-free world." This explicit preference is more than naive; it is also undesirable in principle. For Israel, in particular, Obama's solution could likely open the doors to unendurable enemy aggressions. However unintended, therefore, it could become an utterly Final Solution.

Global Denuclearization And Israel’s Survival (Fourth of Four Parts)

29 Adar 5772 – March 22, 2012
It would be unreasonable for Israel to draw any comfort from an argument that Iranian intentions are effectively harmless. Rather, such intentions could impact capabilities decisively over time. Backed by appropriate nuclear weapons, preemption options must somehow remain open and viable to Israel, augmented, of course, by appropriate and complementary plans for cyber-defense and cyber-warfare.

Global Denuclearization And Israel’s Survival (Third of Four Parts)

21 Adar 5772 – March 14, 2012
For forty years I have studied the stunningly complex problem of enemy rationality, especially in certain earlier published writings concerning the particular nuclear threat from Iran.

Global Denuclearization And Israel’s Survival (Second of Four Parts)

14 Adar 5772 – March 7, 2012
As only a distinctly last resort, Israel needs nuclear weapons for nuclear war fighting.

Thinking The Worst: Israel’s Best Path To Survival

16 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
Jorge Luis Borges, the very special Argentine writer and philosopher, sometimes identified himself as a Jew. Although lacking any apparent basis in halacha, he clearly felt himself to be a kindred spirit: “Many a time I think of myself as a Jew,” he is quoted in Willis Barnstone’s, Borges at Eighty: Conversations (1982), “but I wonder whether I have the right to think so. It may be wishful thinking.”

After Bin Laden: Assassination, Terrorism, War and International Law (Second of...

10 Shevat 5772 – February 2, 2012
“Everything in this world exudes crime,” says Baudelaire, “the newspapers, the walls, and the face of man.” But this “face” does not belong solely to what classic seventeenth-century international law scholar Hugo Grotius called “men of deplorable wickedness.”

Empathy, Suffering, And Human Survival: A Jewish Perspective

17 Tevet 5772 – January 11, 2012
According to ancient Jewish tradition, one that certain Talmudists trace back to the time of Isaiah, the world rests upon thirty-six just men, the Lamed-Vav tzaddikim.

Political Scandal, Public Emptiness And America’s Soul

4 Tevet 5772 – December 29, 2011
We have seen this movie before. Already, Herman Cain is off the front pages, but there will remain readily accessible political scandals to enjoy in the wings. Ironically, whatever the particulars of these chronic humiliations, all of them will commonly disclose far more serious shortcomings about their "audience" than about their subjects.

Israeli Scientist Wins Nobel Prize

16 Kislev 5772 – December 12, 2011
Professor Dan Shechtman of Haifa’s Technion University received the Nobel Prize in Chamistry at an awards ceremony and gala ball in Stockholm on Saturday evening.

‘Ultimately, Scientists Always Realize The Torah Is Correct’: An Interview with...

27 Heshvan 5772 – November 23, 2011
A nephew of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik, zt”l, Rabbi Meiselman learned Torah on a daily basis with his uncle for more than a decade. Rabbi Meiselman has just finished writing a book (as yet untitled) on Torah and science due to be published in the next few months.

Noach: Vengeance For Israel

29 Tishri 5772 – October 26, 2011
The world before the Flood was starkly different from the world today (as even science will attest), and the destruction of the world under a layer of boiling water was an event without parallel in nature or history.

Does Questioning Evolution Make One Anti-Science?

15 Elul 5771 – September 14, 2011
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman thinks Republicans are knuckle-dragging Neanderthals. In the not-too-distant future he sees a Republican half-wit winning the presidency and dragging America back to the Stone Age.

Bush, Obama, And Osama: American’s Hour Of Choosing

30 Nisan 5771 – May 4, 2011
"In Bin Laden Announcement, Echoes of 2007 Obama Speech," declared the headline in The New York Times. It's difficult to find a newspaper that has demonstrated a worse pro-Obama and anti-Bush bias than The New York Times, especially when dealing with the War on Terror.

President Carter’s ‘Superiority’ Complex

20 Tishri 5771 – September 28, 2010
Former president Jimmy Carter told NBC News last week that his work at home and abroad has been "superior" to other presidents. "I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents," Carter assessed. "Primarily because of [my] activism and the injection of working at the Carter Center and in international affairs, and, to some degree, domestic affairs."

Melanie Philips: What Makes Her Tick?

13 Sivan 5770 – May 26, 2010
Rarely does a week pass without my encountering brilliant commentary from Melanie Philips in the international media on a variety of subjects, among them human rights, anti-Semitism, human evolution, science, multiculturalism, freedom of speech and political responsibility. The primary target of her keen eye however, is Islam - Islamic terrorism, shariya law, Islamic education and methods of indoctrination.

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