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Sharona Margolin Halickman
Jul 12, 2018, 12:06 AM
Why should we specifically settle Israel?
In Parshat Masei (Bamidbar33:53) we are commanded: “Drive out the inhabitants of the land and settle in it, because I have given this land to you to possess.” Ramban (Nachmanides) believes that it is a positive commandment to dwell in...
Jul 4, 2018, 11:15 PM
The question no one dares ask
Why doesn’t the Palestinian majority in Jordan overthrow the Hashemite monarchy? Is there anyone who actually believes the Hashemite kingdom is legitimate? Anyone who believes it is an ancient and venerable institution? Anyone who believes it rules over its own indigenous...
Jun 25, 2018, 12:29 AM
Kushner’s New Interview with Palestinian-Arab Editor (with transcript & good/bad analysis)
Jared Kushner’s new interview -- given to an Arab editor -- has good points. But the good points are not even close to being enough to compensate for the great dangers that Kushner is poised to push Israel into. Analysis: Bad -- REPORTER:...
Raymond M. Berger
Jun 12, 2018, 9:49 PM
A Mass Murderer and his Useful Idiot
It would be as if the Times had published a self-congratulatory piece written by Charles Manson, complaining about his “persecution.” The editors of the New York Times are useful idiots. Wikipedia defines a useful idiot as “a person perceived as a propagandist...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
May 31, 2018, 4:21 PM
The Seven Books of the Torah
In Parshat Behaalotcha, we find two verses from Bamidbar 10:35-36 which we have been saying since the 13th century, each time the Torah is removed from the ark and replaced, “Vayehi binsoah ha’aron…”, “When the ark would journey, Moshe...
May 25, 2018, 8:14 PM
Would You Say Kaddish for Terrorists — at Gunpoint?
After reading Leah Jordan’s blog posting (I’m Proud to Have Led Kaddish), I feel compelled to stop everything I am doing in order to respond - as respectfully and non-confrontationally as I can muster. After all, the author is...
May 24, 2018, 3:38 PM
On prosecuting poets
Dareen Tatour has some responsibility for violence her words may inspire, but she should not be under arrest
May 24, 2018, 12:23 AM
Obedient Handmaiden of Barbarism: Meet Julia Macfarlane!
Julia Macfarlane, a BBC graduate, has just turned another corner: writing an “article” which lovingly justifies the phenomenon of rioters who stone Israelis. Young Julia, then, is busily engaged in unpicking the seams of civilized society by exhorting the...
May 5, 2018, 6:35 PM
The Samson Dilemma
Recently, I watched the movie “Samson” on video on demand. It was the traditional story of Samson and Delilah that I have loved since I first heard it as a child. Samson the strong, the national Jewish hero, of 3,000 years...
Gerald M. Steinberg
Mar 13, 2018, 11:54 PM
From Goldstone to the NGO Campaign Exploiting Children
Almost a decade ago, Judge Richard Goldstone put his name on a report, officially published by the UN Human Rights Council, condemning Israel for alleged war crimes in Gaza. The contents of this 500-page document, ostensibly on the three...