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Rice’s Failure in Rwanda Precludes her from Becoming Secretary of State

27 Kislev 5773 – December 10, 2012
Rice was part of Bill Clinton’s National Security Team whom in 1994 refused any intervention whatsoever in the Rwanda genocide that left 800,000 dead.

NY Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Gets a Watchdog

15 Kislev 5773 – November 28, 2012
On the NY Times Public Editor's blog, Margaret Sullivan talks about the leash they'll be putting on Jodi Rudoren, the NY Times Jerusalem Bureau...

Two Years Ago – Two Very Special People

I have not done this before. I have never memorialized two of the closest people to me in one article. I gave it a lot of thought, and it is not just because they died within hours of each other two years ago that I decided to do this. It is also because there was a tremendous connection between them, and as I thought of each one I was overwhelmed by the similarities.

Thanking Our ‘Squantos’

9 Kislev 5773 – November 22, 2012
It’s the classic image - the pumpkins; the berries; the squash, the turkey. It’s the beginning of a season that brings with it a sudden, exciting feeling. It’s the crisp fall air turning to gray winter; the strings of perfect, colorful leaves decorating doors and houses, the bright hues of reds and oranges. It almost feels like the cinnamon in the pumpkin pie is somehow in the air.

What if the Siren Goes off When I’m Alone?

What world do we live in that a 12-year old has to consider going into a bomb shelter alone?

It’s My Opinion: Time To Talk Turkey

8 Kislev 5773 – November 21, 2012
It’s that time of year again. Turkey, cranberry sauce and a harsh lesson in the reality of “land for peace” deals.

War Knocking at Israel’s Door, Update on Upcoming Israeli Elections, and...

1 Kislev 5773 – November 15, 2012
Yishai is joined by Mordechai Taud to talk about conflict in Gaza, upcoming Israeli elections, and the situation in Syria.

Many Happy Returns

1 Kislev 5773 – November 14, 2012
I never thought I would see the day when “Yossie” would smile. He was not an unhappy man, but rather very serious in demeanor. He never said hello, or any words, to his customers other than those absolutely necessary.

Hashem’s Power

25 Heshvan 5773 – November 9, 2012
On October 29th, the verdict was revealed As we faced what was destined as the Din was sealed With a storm that echoed the words we know to be true of B'Rosh Hashanah Yikaseivu.

Fence Contractor Injured in Gaza Attack

24 Heshvan 5773 – November 8, 2012
A construction worker building the security fence along the Gaza border was lightly injured in an attack Thursday evening. The man was injured from a...

Cleverer than God

17 Heshvan 5773 – November 1, 2012
This Shabbat marks the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Meir Kahane, may Hashem avenge his murder. To honor his memory, our next two blogs will feature essays he wrote for The Jewish Press, which appear in the incomparably thought-provoking collection of his articles, “Beyond Words.” May his memory be for a blessing.

On This Day

15 Heshvan 5773 – October 30, 2012
Ever have a day going along just fine until something comes and floors you? I wasn't feeling well last night and thought of skipping work...but I had to do this, I had to do that...so I came in saying that maybe I'll crash tomorrow. Yesterday morning started sluggish, but I hit my stride and I chugged along happily cleaning things off my desk. I'm tried to watch what is happening with the massive hurricane hitting the U.S.; trying to switch windows, worrying about whether Gaza has decided to fire another rocket at Israel. And then, I saw this message on Twitter and I just stopped and took a deep breath.

Jewish Gold Dealer Escapes Robbers En Route From Holland To Belgium

14 Heshvan 5773 – October 29, 2012
Driving from Holland toward Antwerp, the dealer noticed that a car was following him, but didn't give it much thought.

10,000 Pounds

10 Heshvan 5773 – October 25, 2012
Staring out his window, Yakov tried ignoring the overwhelming sweep of emotions. He watched as the horses calmly grazed in the fields, oblivious to the deep hate brewing on each side of the farm. The audacity his brother has, Yakov shuddered thinking about it. Shaking his head he couldn’t think. Things hadn’t been easy since Father had died, he admit, but why now? After all the legal issues to deal with. After all the emotional pain. After watching their own mother wither away from the ache and void. But Levi couldn’t let it go.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

9 Heshvan 5773 – October 24, 2012
Receiving a difficult medical diagnosis can easily spell trauma, anguish, and hopelessness for a patient and his loved ones. Yet even amidst the dark skies of such a situation, Rabbi Y.Y. Rubinstein affectionately known simply as YY assures us that there is still hope.

Inviting Tragedies?

7 Heshvan 5773 – October 22, 2012
There's a superstitious thought that when you invite tragedy, it happily walks through the door. A second, more pragmatic view, is that when you prepare for it, you are better able to cope. Israel takes the second view as today we once again take part in the Turning Point 6 nation-wide exercise preparing us not only for earthquakes, but several other disasters.

Of Apples and Trees and Rabbis

6 Heshvan 5773 – October 21, 2012
I never liked comedienne Sarah Silverman. I never thought she was all that funny. Her humor is mostly vulgar and designed to shock people into laughing. Most comedians will tell you that if the only way you can make people laugh is with vulgar jokes, then you’re not really much of a comedian. But I digress. What upsets me the most about her is her very open self-identification as a Jew. Normally when successful people tout their Judaism, it makes me proud. But when she does it – it is an embarrassment. In fact I wish she would just change her name… or go away altogether.

It’s A Boy’s World, You Know

3 Heshvan 5773 – October 19, 2012
You've gotta settle, stop being so choosy, it's a boy's world after all And you're just one of the millions who think their worth something, have the gall. You've got to start looking better, so that you'll be noticed when you walk through town And perhaps you can lose a few pounds too, so we can pull your resume dress size down.

Training in Lebanon-Like Terrain

24 Tishri 5773 – October 10, 2012
These are future IDF commanders practice infantry maneuvers in thickets that resemble those found in Lebanon – lots of trees, plants and shrubbery. We took...

From Depression To Happiness

20 Tishri 5773 – October 5, 2012
Dear Dr. Yael: I am a man in my 50s who, Baruch Hashem, has had a good life. I am married with children and grandchildren and was always a happy-go-lucky person, thankful for all the berachot bestowed on me. This year, though, has been very difficult for me, with many family and personal problems. I have begun to experience something that I have never really had before: depression. Out of nowhere I begin to feel upset and anxious, and I do not know what to do to get rid of these feelings.

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