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Frum or Ehrlich?

The American Orthodox Jewish community of today is drastically different from the community that existed in America 75 years ago.

Charles Krauthammer: ‘America Always Comes Back’

You’re not going to change public opinion. The media are so biased you can’t get your story through. But what counts is America.

Achieving Unity: A Torah Thought For Pesach

Perhaps worse than all the above is the acute lack of unity among Jews

Rejoicing Proud Jews: Reflections on Lag B’Omer

The victory of the Jewish idea is celebrated on Lag B'Omer. It fits neatly between Israeli Independence Day and Yom Yerushalayim. These three days are all driven by the same spirit: the liberation of Jewish peoplehood, the return to the land, and the reemergence of authentic Jewish culture.

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.

Reality Check

The ritual is as familiar as preparing your taxes, and about as tedious. An American president leaves office and Israel is asked to make territorial concessions in one "final" attempt to make peace; a new American president takes office and Israel is asked to make territorial concessions in order to jump-start his peace efforts; Israel prevails militarily in a conflict and is asked to make territorial concessions as a "good-will gesture" to the vanquished; a new Israeli government comes to power is asked to make territorial concessions to show its good faith.

Talking With Radio Star John Batchelor

Listening to "The John Batchelor Show" on WABC is like taking a graduate course in current events. Batchelor covers the news nightly from domestic to foreign affairs, politics to the economy, China to the Middle East, election campaigns to planetary exploration. His insightful take on the day's stories is delivered with an elegance and punctuated wit rarely heard on today's airwaves.

Peace Activist’s Lament: I Was Wrong About the War

Currently there are approximately six million Assyrians -- 2.5 million in Iraq and the rest scattered in the Assyrian Diaspora around the world.

America’s Earliest Jews

The Newport Touro synagogue was never officially named "Touro" – the community called itself Yeshuat Yisrael. By the mid-19th century, however, the Newport synagogue was recognized, though never formally, as the Touro Synagogue.

Our Own Worst Enemy

Israel has a checkered record when it comes to official commissions of inquiry.

The Eye Sees, The Ear Hears

Perhaps we were better off when we were less sophisticated and just lived with emunah peshutah.
Marvin Schick

The Alternate World Of Jewish Education

A major sociological characteristic and consequence of modernity is the tendency for people to join together in associations that express a common goal or interest or a shared experience. The United States has been a nation of joiners from day one and perhaps even before independence was declared. Alexis de Tocqueville described this tendency in Democracy in America, the epic prophetic work published a century and three-quarters ago.

‘Getcha’: The Misguided FBI Agunah ‘Sting’

Payment was not, apparently, an essential ingredient in the allegedly criminal conduct the FBI intended to punish if the “Getcha Sting” had succeeded in luring participants into a “forced Get.”

Atonement: Getting It Right

The newborn is far from shy about letting its feelings be known as it is thrust, against its will, into a frigid and foreign world. With flailing hands and pitiful wails, its displeasure is made amply clear. Which raises the question: Since the soul does not choose to spend time on this planet, is it fair that it is held accountable for the way it goes about living its life here on earth?

Lincoln And The Jews

The proximate cause of the Grant’s order to expel the Jews was the dire cotton shortage in the North, which gave rise to a wild black market in Southern cotton.

The Armenian Genocide And The Creation Of Israel

The Turks, believing Absalom was a spy, tortured him but he did not give them any information.

Modern Orthodoxy In A Changing World

Many defenders of Modern Orthodoxy decry the apparent rejection of a college education in favor of yeshiva.

Bumblebee Nation And Middle East Peace

They had to travel more than a thousand miles, mostly by foot, before they reached an airport in the Sudan. His parents finally migrated to Israel when he was three.

Memo to Doomsayers: Israel Won, Get Over It

For years, Nasrallah mocked Israeli society as a "spider's web," intricate, elaborate, but weak and easily swept away. Now it was Nasrallah's turn to be swept away.

The Cantonists: The Jewish Children's Army

On August 26, 1827, Tsar Nicholas I published the Recruitment Decree calling for conscription of Jewish boys between the ages of twelve and twenty-five.

Walking The Streets Of The Lower East Side

I am far from being a sentimental old fool, yet every stroll through this part of Manhattan brings to mind images of Jews, Italians and others packed into tiny apartments in six-story buildings with no elevators.

Forty Days – Forty Suggestions

“You who cling to Hashem, your God, are all alive today.”

The Bernice Chronicles: The Education Of Bernice Cohen

It didn't bother me having new classmates every year. I loved school, was curious, and enjoyed learning everything I could.

Herbert Zweibon, Zion’s Champion

Herbert Zweibon, founder and chairman of Americans for a Safe Israel/AFSI, died on Jan. 19 at the age of 84. It was Tu B'Shevat, holiday of the trees, which only seems fitting because Herb was someone who spread his branches wide, sheltering not only his beloved family but an array of people and causes, planting seeds of wisdom and truth.

The Marriage Of Freida Sima

Freida Sima pulled her hand back in shock. “Married?” she shouted. “This is how you are asking me to marry you?”

Real Simcha

The unwarranted hatred among us that caused the destruction of the Second Temple clearly still plagues us.

Black Hat, Gray Hat, No Hat: Reflections on Orthodox Factionalism

Parents may push for a different type of shidduch from the one preferred by their son or daughter.

The Case Against Iraq: Excerpts From President Bush’s UN Address

If the Iraqi regime wishes peace, it will immediately end all illicit trade outside the oil-for-food program.

Children and the Essence of Pesach

The humble-natured sheep symbolic of Nissan (Aries), the first month of the year, recognizes the shepherd to be its guide, just as the Jewish people place their faith in their Shepherd, the Creator of the universe.

Shame of the Yankees – America’s Worst Anti-Jewish Action

This year, the second day of Chanukah will coincide with the 144th anniversary of the worst official act of anti-Semitism in American history.

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