Riding the Waves of Teshuvah

The tzaddikim, unsayed by desire to indulge in the pleasures the "island" proffers, stay on board.

The Art Of The Kotel

The following four artistic depictions of this most sacred Jewish site from my collection are among my personal favorites.

Isaac Leeser: Architect of Traditional Judaism in America

Who was the one person most responsible for perpetuating traditional Judaism in 19th century America? The indisputable answer: Isaac Leeser.

To Repair An Unhinged Heart

Prologue: Oct. 2004. I am sitting at my desk holding a new book in my hands. It has just come from the printer.

Sefiras HaOmer: Measurements And Holiness

Jews thank Hashem at every step. We thank Him for our most basic physical existence. We thank Hashem for every step, for every breath, for every aspect of our elevation from the dust.

Confessions Of A Judaica Document Collector

This marked the first time I experienced the palpable sense of living, breathing history in my hands. “This is actually for sale?” I asked. “But how do I know it’s real?”

Crowning Our King

"I want a new me. But every year after Yom Kippur it seems the 'old' me is still here. After all those heartfelt prayers! The shofar blowing! Fasting! Crying! What happened to all my good intentions?"

How The Academic Left Came To Hate Israel

On campuses today Israel is regularly, though falsely, condemned for being created “illegally” – through the “theft” of Palestinian lands and property – and thus has no “right to exist.”

When Naivet? Becomes Sedition

The most dramatic and important political change in Israel over the past 20 years has been the transformation of the Israeli Left from a movement of political naivet? to one of, in an increasing number of instances, political sedition.

City of Graveyards: The Demise of Jewish Newark

It is a story that should serve as the ultimate cautionary tale for any Jewish community tempted to mistake a period of vibrancy for a guarantee of immortality.

The Mystery Of Golda’s Golden Gems

It will be hard for many to accept that some of Golda's gems may not have come from Golda's mouth

Q&A With Brandeis Law Center Chairman On Banning Of Zionist Speakers At Berkeley Law

There can be no lawful basis for a public institution to exclude anyone on the basis of race or ethnicity from any of the opportunities that the institution affords.

Getting Back Together

We all know we have to take the Three Weeks seriously. But at the same time we all just want the time between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B’Av to pass already.

Free Speech For Me But Not For Thee

Consider a country in which the minister of
justice prepares an official ''speech code'' that
delineates the boundaries of permissible
speech, and where violators may be sent to
prison.

The Jewish Aviator Who Almost Beat Lindbergh

Levine offered the Columbia to Lindbergh for $15,000, but insisted that, as a non-negotiable condition of the sale, he retain the right to designate the crew for what would surely be a historic flight.

Kissinger: A Jew In The King’s Court

Kissinger was viewed by many as a self-hating Jew who turned on his father and his people by consistently acting in a manner inimical to Jewish interests.

The Real Occupiers: Judea, Circa 50 CE

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations show no sign of abating and the voice of collective dissent now echoes well beyond lower Manhattan. During the past few weeks, the movement has spread nationally, as protesters across the country came together in a leaderless association that rails against corporate greed and social inequality.

The End Of An Era

Let’s face it: this is not going to be an ordinary year. We are praying very seriously this year because we are praying for our lives. Yes, I know: every year we pray for our lives. But how many feel it? This year, whether we want to or not, I think we are beginning to feel it.

Nazi Roots of Palestinian Nationalism

The UK was not the only power helping the Mufti in 1936. The USSR-sponsored Communist Party of Palestine also did its part.

The Mechanics Of Teshuvah

There was no Ruler of the Universe I could call upon to save me, and so I had to fight this lonely battle until I found the One Strength that could save me.

When Satan Came To Melitz

Melitz (or Mielic) was a small shtetl in Poland. The following article is based on authentic Yiddish quotes from the original Melitz archives (courtesy Yad Vashem in Jerusalem). All the names are real.

Ani Yisraeli: I Am An Israeli

Our world is divided into two groups: those who support Israel and those who do not. There is no middle ground.

Lost To Orthodoxy: The Fate of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation

Not many Jews lived in Baltimore during the eighteenth century; by 1796 the entire Jewish population of the city consisted of about 15 families. As late as 1825, Solomon Etting, one of the first Jewish residents of Baltimore, estimated the Jewish population of Baltimore to be about 150.

Translating My Father’s Holocaust Memoir

As someone who witnessed horrors in no fewer than seven concentration camps, my father also wanted to publicly address the question of how it was possible that large masses of people, numbering in the millions, could be led to their extermination without a fight.

Memo to Bin Laden and Ahmadinejad: Israel Lives!

Where is Israel? Where are those who are scattered throughout the Diaspora?

Tearing Off Labels

Integrating the advances in the world around us without compromising halacha is part and parcel of Judaism, not something that needs to be noted with an additional adjective such as "modern."

How France Sank The Original Mideast Peace

At the Paris Peace Conference in January 1919, in a flag-bedecked, battle-scarred but victorious Paris, the great top-hatted Allied men of vision and illusion gathered to remake the world and invent the post-Ottoman Middle East.

Linking Purim And Pesach

Pesach is a Torah-based holiday whose fundamental observances are rooted in Torah law; Purim is a rabbinic holiday whose laws and customs are grounded in the rabbinic tradition.

The Bernice Chronicles: A Son Makes Aliyah

It was a war that would change the country's destiny. It would also change the destiny of Joshua Schwartz of Teaneck, New Jersey.

The Secret Of The Fifteenth Day

In fact, all the Yomim Tovim that fall on the fifteenth of the month represent instances of t’chias hamaisim.

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