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Jul 21, 2018, 10:42 AM
Scorched earth: when the environment becomes a weapon.
July 20 marked 112 days since the first kites and balloons with a burning coal or accelerant were launched over Israel from Gaza. The homemade incendiary kites have caused fires in agricultural and protected areas adjacent to the Gaza...
Jun 10, 2018, 12:54 AM
A New York Times Hate Crime
The New York Times headline reads: “A Girl's Killing Shakes Germany's Migration Debate”. That debate, however, is not what is shaking Jewish lives the world over. Rather it is the fact that Susanna Maria Feldman, a 14 year old girl...
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 30, 2018, 6:53 PM
Why International Farhud Day Stymies Invented Palestinian History
When International Farhud Day was proclaimed at a conference convened at the United Nations headquarters on June 1, 2015, its proponents wanted to achieve more than merely establish a commemoration of the ghastly 1941 Arab-Nazi pogrom in Baghdad that...
May 23, 2018, 6:20 AM
Israel keeps winning on Hasbara, losing information warfare battles
As I have suggested now two years ago, Israel has actually been quite successful in Hasbara (the outreach aiming to highlight its positive cultural attributes). Further evidence of the success of these efforts includes unequivocal opinion victory at the...
May 9, 2018, 2:29 AM
Trump acts on embassy and Iran deal, but at what cost?
Congratulations! Trump has delivered on his two big promises, ditching the Iran deal and transferring the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Just one caveat: All sales are final. While the direct impact on Iran's nuclear ambitions remains unclear, President Donald Trump's...
Apr 25, 2018, 9:05 AM
When Israel and Diaspora Jewry worked together to save the Jews of Iraq
The growing estrangement between the Israeli government and many segments of the American Jewish community makes it almost nostalgic to remember how, only a few decades ago, the two communities could work together to rescue Jewish communities including in...
Raymond M. Berger
Apr 22, 2018, 8:57 AM
We All Want the Same Thing: Or Do We?
One observer of the carnage could not believe his eyes. Try to imagine an American parent willing to volunteer his child for a military operation that would end in certain death for the child. You can’t. That is because no American...
Apr 9, 2018, 10:19 AM
Iraqi Jewish history and how much we ought to learn about Jews in the Diaspora
Yesterday, I visited The Breman Museum. Its current exhibit, running through the end of the month, Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage, is as much about the restoration of the documents found in Saddam Hussein’s basement as the...
Apr 8, 2018, 11:04 PM
So They Ended Up Killing Hitler
Last year I wrote an article at my alma mater department's website titled "Why Don't They Kill Hitler?" (Hebrew) . In that article I pointed out how modern sci-fi shows from abroad introduce the possibility of killing Hitler (or...