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The Mainstreaming Of Chabad Rabbis

13 Sivan 5771 – June 15, 2011
I have witnessed a revolution. On a recent lecture tour that took me to Australia and South Africa, I hardly found a major mainstream synagogue without a Chabad rabbi. Shuls that once swore they would not invite in Chabad are now attracting large numbers of new members under the helm of young and charismatic Chabad rabbis. Many of them are the biggest shuls in their respective countries.

Thoughts On Richard Goldstone, Samantha Power, And Israel

2 Nisan 5771 – April 6, 2011
The subject of Judge Richard Goldstone came up quite frequently during my recent lecture tour in South Africa - at a dinner in Johannesburg at the home of Chabad head Rabbi David Masinter, where acquaintances of the judge were in attendance; at Sea Point Synagogue, South Africa's largest, where I lectured and whose rabbi, Dovid Weinberg, had officiated at Goldstone's grandson's bar mitzvah; at my speech for Chabad of Cape Town and later in Pretoria.

Desmond Tutu Vs. Israel: An Old Story

1 Tevet 5771 – December 8, 2010
An old saying has it that "liberalism is always being surprised." That is the only possible explanation of Jewish expressions of "surprise" and "shock" that Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu in late October urged the South African Opera troupe to cancel its engagement to perform "Porgy and Bess" in Israel.

Process, Loss and History

22 Elul 5770 – September 1, 2010
New York has gone through a William Kentridge craze this year. There have been scattered exhibitions in galleries throughout the cities, in addition to lectures and live performances. From the blockbuster Five Themes show at the MoMA, the Metropolitan Opera's production of Kentridge's directed-and-designed multimedia version of Shostakovich's The Nose, the South African artist has been a dominant voice on the New York art scene. For those who missed the incredible MoMA retrospective-or for those who simply wish for another Kentridge fix-a final salvo can be caught at the Jewish Museum's exhibition of part of Kentridge's Nine Drawings for Projection series.

Brooklyn Food Co-op May Consider Israel Boycott

1 Adar 5769 – February 25, 2009
A Brooklyn food co-op that once boycotted products from South Africa because of its apartheid policy may consider doing the same to Israeli products in the coming months.

Title: In A Good Pasture

11 Tevet 5769 – January 7, 2009
Seven people from different parts of the world come together at an Israeli absorption center, to learn Hebrew and about life in their new country. We meet them in the newest book by Dvora Waysman, In A Good Pasture (Mazo publishers).

Birthright Trips For Non-Jews

25 Nisan 5768 – April 30, 2008
Israel is about to turn 60 and the silence, outside of the Jewish community, is deafening.

Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

19 Adar II 5768 – March 26, 2008
Sen. Barack Obama's Chicago church published an open letter from a Palestinian activist that labels Israel as a "racist" and "apartheid" country and claims...

Title: South African Journeys

13 Tishri 5768 – September 25, 2007
Gita Gordon's fictitious tale of pre- and post-Holocaust migration of European Jews to South Africa is enthralling.

Cardozo’s Man Of Honor

5 Iyyar 5763 – May 7, 2003
The Monitor will pay tribute next week to Michael Kelly, the exemplary journalist and true friend of Israel who died so tragically in Iraq. This week, however, we take a look at some choice remarks made over the course of the past 20 years by South African Arch-bishop Desmond Tutu, Kelly's opposite in just about every way imaginable.

No Media Bias? Check Out Fletcher, Jennings

22 Adar II 5763 – March 26, 2003
If you've ever thought you detected a certain anti-Israel bias in the reportage of NBC's longtime Israel bureau chief Martin Fletcher, there's good reason: Despite being Jewish, married to an Israeli and the father of three Israeli sons, Fletcher considers Israel worse than South Africa in the days of apartheid and won't even say whether he thinks the creation of the State of Israel was a good thing.

Bush Keeps Promise, Pulls Out of Durban

18 Tishri 5762 – October 5, 2001
George W Bush


The Bush administration pulled out of the U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, Monday evening after efforts to soften the anti-Israel language of the conference?s draft summary statement failed.

Bush Keeps Promise, Pulls Out of Durban

George W Bush


The Bush administration pulled out of the U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, Monday evening after efforts to soften the anti-Israel language of the conference?s draft summary statement failed.

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