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Zaida’s Spirit: A Tribute

Zaida’s presence follows me on my early morning walks to the park. Sometimes I imagine indulging in conversation, asking him what happened to those wondrous days following the Six-Day War, when the entire country belonged to us and our biggest problem was how to fill the vast areas that had fallen into our hands with Jews.

Israel Needs Capitalism, Not Socialism

The Negev was not allocated for free to whoever was willing to build and farm them (as was the practice in the US and Australia). They were settled quite successfully, however – by the Bedouins, who do not understand how socialism works and simply took the land!

Blossoming From The Ashes

“How? How do you go on? You have to,” she says with a simplicity that hides more than it reveals.

Murdering A Jew – It Takes A Village

The name of this village of terrorists is Kobar. Its main export is terrorists It’s the home town of the terrorist who stabbed three Jews to death at their Shabbat dinner table; a group from the village stoned several dozen Jewish hikers happened to pass near the town

Talking Turkey

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a temper tantrum at the Davos forum on world economics.

The New Space At The Wall

But underlying the current dispute is something of even broader moment than the establishment of a separate prayer space for non-Orthodox prayer in close proximity to the Kotel.

Eight Years Of Unheeded ‘Daniel’ Warnings About Iran What Happens Next? (Part III)

The more things change, the more they remain the same. As I have indicated again and again on these pages, Israel remains the openly declared national and religious object of Arab/Islamic genocide. This term is used here, again, in the literal and jurisprudential sense. It is not merely hyperbole or an exaggerated figure of speech.

Shifting Sands Of Temple Mount ‘Status Quo’

Rav Goren: "At the request of the Jews, Omar built the Dome of the Rock as a Jewish house of prayer"

‘That’s Just How It Is In The Knesset’

Last week, a few minutes after my stormy exchange with haredi members of Knesset, I went to what we in the Knesset call the "back cafeteria." It is not exactly a cafeteria but rather a lounge area behind the plenum where members of Knesset alone can enter.

Trump Versus Reagan: What Is A Conservative?

Trump insists he is a conservative, then it is incumbent upon him to explain clearly how and why he is a conservative and what conservatism means.

Shortchanging Our Children By Teaching Midrashim Literally

The vast majority of children from the current yeshiva system believe all midrashim are part of the literal account of the events that occurred in the Tanach.

Three Days To Commemorate The Holocaust?

The observance last month of the UN-sanctioned International Holocaust Memorial Day once again raised the issue of a multiplicity of Holocaust memorial days. Does this add to the stature and significance of Holocaust remembrance, or just the opposite? And what does each of these memorial days signify?

Book Review: Simon Sebag Montefiore’s ‘Jerusalem: The Biography’

This blithely written book presents Jerusalem as the home of all monotheistic faiths, disregarding the unique bond between Jews and their ancient capital.

The Challenges and Triumphs of Student-Aliyah

As college seniors approach graduation and questions about their "next step," they are faced with the difficult reality of a tight job market and a slow economic recovery. These facts have prompted a small but significant number of students to explore the professional benefits, as well as the Zionist fulfillment, that might flow from life in Israel.

Israel’s Splendid Isolation

Despite claims that Israel is "isolated," 2014 was a record year for foreign investment in Hi-Tech

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

INTO THE FRAY: Inane …Again! Tom Friedman on Gaza

Tom Friedman’s last piece on Gaza is a “masterful” blend of personal bile & bias, liberally laced with logical inconsistencies, factual inaccuracies and even blatant non-sequiturs

Avoiding The ‘Road Map’ After Arafat

Arafat is gone, but the "Road Map" remains. Indeed, regarding Israel's continuance in the Middle East, absolutely nothing has changed in the Palestinian Authority or in the Arab world generally. Notwithstanding President Bush's explicit plea for a "Two State Solution," the PA and its allies still see only one state. This State of Palestine would include all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and ALL of the rest of Israel.

Refuge

Moshe’s final lesson is that we must do each mitzvah to the extent we are able. We are not to be compared to others in their performance or accomplishments. This is the Torah Moshe placed before us.

Dr. Norman Lamm Retires

Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm has retired after sixty years at Yeshiva University. In 1976 Dr. Lamm, after years as a student and then faculty member, was appointed president of YU and rosh yeshiva of YU’s rabbinical school, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS).

Daughter Of A Schneerson, Wife Of A Carlebach: An Interview with Mrs. Hadassa Carlebach

Did you know that Shlomo Carlebach had a twin brother, Eli Chaim? And that this brother was married to Hadassah, a scion of the Lubavitch Schneerson family? Read this engaging interview with this nonagenarian, Hadassah Carlebach

The Jewish Threat

We don’t seek to conquer the lands of others as did the colonialist Arab, British or European empires of old. We simply want to determine our own future, the future of the Jewish people, in our own land.

A Life Of Inspiration

"My husband, the visionary, wanted to target people who had never kept Shabbos; I, the realist, asked how they would do it."

Obama Plays The Philip Roth Card

Recently, the part-time occupation of the part-time Jews in major media outlets has been to tackle Barack Obama’s Jewish problem head on, in the same way a major corporation tackles the revelation that its product is fatally toxic to babies – by a shaking of heads, some weak smiles, and an assurance to the public that it’s all in our heads.

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