Defining Israel as the Jewish State

Proponents of the new Basic Law proposal view it not as a threat to democracy but as essential to Israeli democracy.

Congratulations to Balfour Declaration on 100th Anniversary!

Balfour believed that the Christian world owed the Jewish nation a morale debt and he felt that what he had been able to do for the Jews had been the most important action of his life.

Calling The Left’s Bluff On Iran

Were the U.S. to actually propose taking military action against Iran, the Left would be up in arms (figuratively speaking, of course).

Abbas and Jerusalem

If Abbas is the only, indeed best possible, Palestinian partner for peace and these are his views, what chance is there for a successful negotiation? None, I would think

Purim, Power, And Politics

One of the many lessons the Purim story teaches us is how fast and far the powerful can fall. It is a fate even more fitting when they fall over a stumbling block placed in front of them by their own hand. Haman hanged from the very gallows he had prepared for Mordechai.

Liberal Jews and that Inconvenient Israeli Consensus

While liberal consensus deems Netanyahu a problem, do they ask WHY he was elected prime minister 4 times. The answer is simple: There exists a broad consensus within Israeli society contradicting the assumptions held by most American Jews

Republican Jews Don’t Count

The Jewish vote won't impact polls as much as it will the coffers of candidates and their Super PACs

The Israeli Security Concept: Wandering Through a Maze

The recent round of fighting between Israel and Hamas was seemingly sparked by the exposure of an Israeli special forces team during a covert operation in Khan Yunis. The Hamas leadership, which apparently is not interested in war, nevertheless chose to respond by escalating to the very brink. Why has the Israeli government refrained (yet again) from instructing the IDF to settle conclusively the Hamas threat?

The Staggering Costs of a Special Needs Child

The spectrum of special-needs children ranges from mental to physical to psychological and sometimes all three. A 2008 study by the United States Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 14 percent of children in this country fit into this category, and about 20 percent of families have at least one special-needs child. The definition of a special-needs child can range from one who is diagnosed with a mild learning disability to one who has a life-threatening condition, such as cystic fibrosis. This article will focus on the more severe categories.

Response to Donny Fuchs ‘Snakes in the Vineyard’

I challenge Fuchs to find one Jew who has been converted or influenced by HaYovel. I believe Fuchs has redefined a 'missionary' as any person who comes close to Judaism but who does not want to convert

End The Assault On Our Yeshivas

Like thousands of other chassidic yeshiva parents, I’m tired of those who fail to respect the choices that we, and generations before us, have made.

Milt And Wilt – Mitzvah Men

Up in the Catskills, a man named Yossi Zablocki is trying to save the last blintz palace of my generation's youth. The place is called Kutsher's Country Club. The man who made it all work was Milton Kutsher.

Kiddush Hashem In The Streets Of Jerusalem

Last week we experienced an extraordinary Kiddush Hashem when, on Wednesday, July 2, an Arab murderer armed with a huge bulldozer went on a rampage in the streets of Jerusalem. He flattened occupied cars, turned over a bus and ran over innocent pedestrians until his reign of terror was finally stopped by what was described as a passerby.

People You See in Shul on The High Holidays

Every shul has the guy who times the tekiya gedola shofar blast.

Park Slope Food Coop – Stick to Food, Not Politics

The entire community including public officials should be calling on the Coop to stop indulging a group of Israel-bashers who are obsessed with singling out and discriminating against Israel.

Mourning Hashem’s Beloved Shaliach

Dr. Steven Fries was just 55. He was my pediatrician, personal doctor, adviser and friend for fifteen years.

The Ottoman Slap

Over the years, Turkey's notoriously thin-skinned prime minister has earned a tidy sum from suing those he claims have defamed him.

The Bukay Affair And Israel’s Prosecutorial Double Standard

An outrageous assault by Israeli authorities against academic freedom of speech took place in recent days in what is becoming known as the Bukay Affair. The affair combines leftist undermining of democracy, the attempt at thought control by governmental officials and the police, harassment of a university lecturer by an over-zealous prosecutor, and an attempt to create in Israel a political Inquisition against incorrect thinking.

Eulogy to an inspiration, Joan Peters

Peter's predicted UNRWA as an integral part of efforts to undermine Israel's standing in the world

Data Plan: Who Decides – You Or Your iPhone?

His point is that people cannot merely float, and to swim is to be actively engaged, to willfully employ skill to counter the physics of the water, of their environment.

Countering Contemptuous Palestinians

Sinai-stan, Hamas-stan, Hezbollah-stan, and Syria-stan already have emerged on Israel’s southern and northern borders. This is more than enough for Israel to handle. A Pales-stan on Israel’s eastern border would be unbearable. Israel can’t and won’t let it rise.

Ha’aretz Columnist Mangles History, Facts, and International Law

In conclusion, rather than dabbling in international law, of which he evidently knows very little, as well as in shallow, partisan political advocacy, Colonel Arieli should stick to his professional field of being a soldier.

Jewish Voice for Peace’s 11 Best Excuses for Inviting a Murderer of Jews

JVP is an anti-Semitic hate group with a most ironic name: It's neither Jewish nor peaceful. JVP invited a convicted Islamic terrorist who assisted in murdering Jews to address and inspire their group

Big Bugaboo is Back

The drafting or exemption of haredi men from military service is back as the super-stumbling block before Netanyahu’s new government. Here are two possible solutions...

Deja Vu, All Over Again!

Find a common enemy that CAN be defeated, sufficiently different from most Israelis: Hill-top Youth

First Amendment Hypocrisy: Muslims and Israel

the prospect of violence often guarantees their right to use the First Amendment while denying it to others.

Is the New York Times Pro-Zionist?

The New York Times’ newly-appointed Bureau Chief Jodi Rodoren came under fire this week from pro-Israel bloggers who noticed that she sent a friendly tweet to a very obnoxious anti-Israel propagandist based in Chicago. Rodoren, an American Jew, was asked by one blogger whether she was a Zionist. Her response was that the only "ist" she would call herself is “journalist.” Well, that is really what is expected of her.

Why Israel Has Shifted to the Right and Isn’t Coming Back

Israelis know that neither Fatah in the West Bank nor Hamas in Gaza will ever recognize Israel’s legitimacy no matter where its borders are drawn

Post-Chanukah Musings at the Maccabees’ Hometown

How could we have been standing those 200 yards away on this incredibly meaningful site, in the town where the Maccabees’ efforts assured Jewish continuity and be in the dark?

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