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Dec 24, 2015, 5:40 AM
Blurry Vision: How America is Failing its Most Trusted Allies
20th Century writer, feminist and modernist, Virginia Woolf aptly said, “you cannot find peace by avoiding life”. Many speculate that we will face a world war in the near future, with ISIS increasing in numbers and outreach, and recent...
Nov 30, 2015, 12:27 AM
The People of Israel should let go of Half-Hearted Friends
There is no question as to the definition of an ally, or an enemy. Any sense of confusion explains why we continue to participate in a rigged conversation, in a mixing of realities and facts. When we do participate,...
Nov 3, 2015, 10:16 AM
The Crisis of Relativism
With the shocking news of attacks on Monday, of the 80 year old Jewish woman and a Jewish man in his 40’s, both in critical condition after they were stabbed by a 19 year old Palestinian terrorist, it’s hard...
Oct 1, 2015, 11:44 AM
Rising above Hatred and Intolerance….I am not “Zionist Scum”
On the eve of the highest of holy days in the Jewish calendar, I chose to pen a story about the brutal destruction of the precious cultural heritage of our humanity. I pointed to the horrible acts of “Cultural...
Sep 24, 2015, 9:39 AM
In Cultural Cleansing, ISIS is Not Alone
I watched with horror as the dust cloud rose in the air from the destruction by ISIS of the most ancient monuments of history; like Bel, the house of worship in Palmyra, Syria. This destruction happened just a week...
Jun 25, 2015, 10:58 PM
European Games in Azerbaijan Highlight Tolerance and Friendship
Beginning on June 12 and continuing into the end of this week, Azerbaijan hosts the inaugural European Games, and with no coincidence, Israel has sent the largest sports delegation in all of Israeli history to participate. 142 Israeli competitors...
Jun 13, 2015, 5:52 PM
Who Will be the Major Beneficiary of the Iran Deal in the Region?
Everybody knows and understands why Jewish Americans and the State of Israel oppose Obama’s Deal on Iran. If Congress allows Iran to become a threshold nuclear state, those that Iran considers as enemies, as well as the friends of...
May 8, 2015, 10:59 AM
A Jewish Warrior in a Muslim Land
In a small but especially meaningful place in this little known part of the world, not far from Israel, there once lived a very special Jewish hero. Albert Agarunov was one of 10 children. During his childhood years, his...
Apr 20, 2015, 10:48 AM
The necessity of light
There are not enough words or time in our lives to fully experience the calamity that was the Holocaust. We experience it in so many ways; emotional, spiritual, academic and philosophical capacities, but the totality of such an impenetrably...
Apr 3, 2015, 4:50 AM
Recent media has captured a story from last fall, about an event hosted by the Vice President of the United States. Addressing a room full of Jewish leaders in his home, Vice President Joe Biden said something remarkably revealing...
Raised in Jerusalem, New York City and Paris, Rabbi Barouk completed Smicha and Dayanas at Yeshivat Or Elchonon. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Rabbi Barouk frequently visits New York and has close family in Jerusalem and Paris.