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Parshat Ki Tisa: Thread count
The loom inspired the tabulating machine, which developed into the computer, which allows you to read this blog post
Banned, assassinated, and now mainstreamed: Kahane lives
It’s the boiling frog phenomenon: what began innocently enough with a few bad eggs ends with hatred and extremism engulfing the Knesset
Declared undead: A strange ruling in NY court
A brain dead beating heart cadaver can never come to back to life, regardless of a NY judge’s decision
An open letter to Yair Lapid
You would do well to make a small sacrifice now, for the sake of the State of Israel and the Jewish people
Yossi Klein Halevi
I love Poland
A people deserves to be judged by its best, not its worst, and the best of the Poles are among the Jews’ most trusted friends
Philip Earl Steele
Time for a Polish-Israeli pivot from Holocaust to Zionism
Focus should shift to a history that spawned luminaries of modern Jewish nationhood that include David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin
Correction: The American Somali-Jewish relationship is strong
We are minorities facing the same problem of extreme hate — anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and racism
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2019 Israeli elections
PARSHA POSTS: KI TISA
Israel: Jewish and Democratic
Death and Mourning
Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
Feb 22, 2019, 12:54 AM
Israel is a centrist country
Some people think Israel is a right-wing country, including many Israelis. The fallacy in this thinking is there are no left-wing countries in the Middle East. If you believe in open borders you get eaten alive. You don’t have the...
Feb 22, 2019, 12:49 AM
A Deafening Silence in Brooklyn
Imagine, if you will, that a certain predominantly Muslim community within the United States found itself constantly bombarded by Islamophobic attacks. Mosques are vandalized, hijabs are torn from the heads of female believers, individuals are physically assaulted and the...
Michael D. Cohen
Feb 21, 2019, 11:39 PM
Fighting Holocaust Distortion and Hate in Ocean County
Is there a greater moment than holding your newborn son for the first time? Just days ago, I experienced that wondrous event. Yet Wednesday evening, instead of being home preparing for the brit (circumcision) of our baby boy, I found...
James R. Russell
Feb 21, 2019, 11:28 PM
Poland and the Jews
It was a gray, cold, rainy day in Warsaw late in the summer of 1969. A 15-year-old American student was walking down Marszalkowska street reading a book he had just purchased on the Warsaw Ghetto. A middle-aged Pole suddenly...
Feb 21, 2019, 10:42 PM
Jews should be able to live wherever they want to live
Last Saturday, well-known French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, born in Paris in 1949 and the son of Holocaust survivors, was verbally assaulted in a street of Paris by Islamist thugs who told him to "go back home to Tel Aviv." European...
Feb 21, 2019, 10:34 PM
Space: The Voyages of the Starship Beresheet
The Israeli SpaceIL spacecraft will launch to the moon after years of planning and development. The spacecraft will launch on February 22nd at 3:45 a.m., Israel time. During the launch, the spacecraft will reach 36,000 km per hour and make...
Feb 21, 2019, 10:27 PM
Yossi Klein Halevi loves Poland, but does Poland love him?
Responding to Foreign Minister Israel Katz’ impolitic proclamation that “Poles imbibe anti-Semitism with their mother’s milk,” itself a reiteration of Yitzhak Shamir’s comment, Yossi Klein Halevi tells us he loves Poland, because the best of Poland are among the...
Feb 21, 2019, 10:07 PM
Misplaced moral outrage at the Jewish Home party
Over the past few days, many social media friends posted their disgust at the merger of the Jewish Home party with the extremist Otzma Yehudit party in the upcoming Israeli elections. I too share concerns about this merger, but...
Joshua S. Finkelstein
Feb 21, 2019, 9:44 PM
Lessons learned from mincha in midwinter
With the shorter days of midwinter, saying mincha, the afternoon prayers, can be a challenge. The afternoon can zip by, and dusk approaches all too soon. Under normal conditions, mincha in the winter is an exercise in mindfulness, but...
Feb 21, 2019, 9:33 PM
What You Should Not Say to a Widow
Although at a certain point in life most married women will remain widows, our society doesn’t seem to be able to accept that fact. Widowhood is almost never discussed in the media, and many people find it difficult to...