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Jul 10, 2018, 12:13 PM
Why I chose the Canteen over the Pina Colada
It has been almost a year already since I made the life-changing decision to leave my comfortable life in Miami behind and embark on a new and unfamiliar path: Making aliyah and joining the Israel Defense Forces. In a...
Jul 2, 2018, 7:24 AM
Facing the Holocaust: American Jewry Is Overdue for a Reckoning
Over the years it has become increasingly prevalent for individuals to compare people, groups, and events to Hitler, the Nazis, and the Holocaust. Beyond just condoning this, American Jews are often the ones making these claims, using the memories...
May 31, 2018, 12:51 AM
In Defense of Tefillin
If by now you haven't seen the video circulating widely on social media of a woman, Pnina Peri, deriding a man who moments before had been approached by a Chabad emissary, Rabbi Meir Herzl, to don Tefillin, you either...
May 25, 2018, 6:06 PM
Ari Ben Portnoy
Are we the fighter or the kvetcher? The noble or the nebbish? The Philip Roth - Leon Uris battle still resonates
May 7, 2018, 6:49 AM
Preventing the Next Holocaust
Slipping on cobblestones in a downpour, I toured the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp with basketball Hall-of-Famer Ray Allen last year. It was the athlete's first trip to Poland; he was there to learn about the murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust. In touring Auschwitz and other sites...
May 4, 2018, 10:37 PM
The Greatest Disease Affecting the Jewish People is Ignorance
I met Richard Boruch Rabinowitz shortly after I arrived in New York City. While I already had my circle of Jewish friends in the city, I quickly found myself part of a more orthodox community as well as I...
Apr 30, 2018, 6:59 PM
Israel Must Bridge It’s Gap with American Jewry
As an Israeli Zionist, I do not wish to engage in soul-searching on behalf of US Jewry. All I wish to do is claim that the time has come to articulate a new Zionist position that will grant full...
Apr 26, 2018, 11:38 PM
Natalie, Speak Out!
Below is a letter I penned to Natalie Portman. Dear Natalie, Let me first say what a big fan I am of yours. I have followed your career from one of your very first movie roles in “Heat,” the best cops...
Apr 12, 2018, 5:14 PM
When Elie Weisel Met His Maker (A brief Yom Ha’Shoah reflection)
God: Baruch ha'bah, le'olam ha'bah, Reb Elie; welcome. Elie: who are You, God? You survived the holocaust? Intact!? At some point I thought that You perished in the holocaust. You did not! I nevertheless thought that You'd at least be broken...
Olivier Jack Melnick
Apr 10, 2018, 10:29 PM
Holocaust Remembrance Day: More Relevant than Ever!
Yom HaShoah was voted by the Israeli Knesset as an official national memorial day in Israel in 1953. Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion established that day as a yearly memorial for the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Every year...