Steve Apfel

Why Job in the Book of Job had to suffer

Based on the commentary of Rashi and narrated by Balaam, Job’s contemporary: "Righteous and wicked suffer alike, and there’s no difference, and that’s what I can’t tell, and will never be able to, because all people have a portion of both in them."  , 2/26/2020, 7:03 AM

The 'Deal of the Century' forgot the great peace blocker

So many livelihoods; all those reputations and careers; such behemoth planets and moons, so much wild spending, revolve around the conflict that it cannot be let go. , 1/30/2020, 8:05 AM

Pharaoh calls up 3 wise men for advice on the Israelite problem     

They wise men were Jethro, Job and Balaam. Below is Balaam's one-eyed view of what happened, based on midrashic sources., 1/7/2020, 11:29 PM

How Israel-hating rulers ruin a country

Who or what turns the screws on rulers and the ruled warped by a hatred of Israel? They do it to themselves., 12/6/2019, 1:59 PM

How South Africa’s ruling party blew a windfall and made a nightmare 

S.A. democracy received a kick start with world class schools and universities, health services better than any in Africa, pristine water works, failsafe power grid, spick and span railways and harbours, well-kept roads - and destroyed it all.., 11/24/2019, 11:00 AM

If the US doesnt sanction S. Africa’s ruling party SA is a goner

Nowadays if the West thinks of South Africa it’s the country a black liberation party brought down to junk status. , 11/6/2019, 12:21 AM

The Palestinian cause business: ‘Oy vey! Send Money’  

The situation in the 'Occupied' Territories is better than in every trouble spot in the Middle East, and beyond, but only utopia will satisfy the Israel-basher organizations.    , 9/12/2019, 7:41 PM

Africa’s black emperors

This is the government that downgrades it’s embassy in disgust for Israel., 8/12/2019, 11:25 AM

Will dishing the dirt on Israel work the second time? Another Durban?

The biblical Balaam narrative foretold the plot against modern Israel. If war could not bring the nation down, try disabling words like Apartheid, occupation etc.  Will the BDS brigade and the whole army conquer where the biblical model failed? , 7/18/2019, 6:59 AM

The new heretics

Beware of expressing your opinions- you may be the next one labeled a heretic. Ours is not the age of thought but the age of what to think. , 7/12/2019, 8:38 PM

Darker clouds over a Diaspora dream

South African Jews in droves are abandoning South Africa for greener pastures? Do even the émigrés grasp what broke their beautiful dream?, 6/7/2019, 11:59 AM

Skin deep Diaspora Zionist leadership

Unelected Jewish leadership often make unwise decisions. Who suffers? Jewish bystanders., 5/29/2019, 2:12 PM

Democrats – profound on the surface but deep down, very superficial

Every Dem and his aunt glow with righteousness when the ‘Two State Solution’ hits town. Academic Dems more than others love to hang faculty gowns on this cause celebre. But a state for the Palestinian Arabs is foolishness writ large., 5/17/2019, 4:45 PM

Not hate, stupid! It’s war on religions! The art of cover-up

The newest attack on a house of worship is not the latest hate crime; it’s the latest act of war. But meet the two faces of evil: the murdering artist and the cover-up artist. , 5/3/2019, 12:00 PM

The Progressive Passover

Today's Progressives see Moses in a human rights T-shirt. They boil a multitude of meanings down to the right of Palestinian Arabs to want things and Israel’s duty to supply them., 4/14/2019, 1:29 PM

Victim politics, the game of loser takes all

Without a villain you can’t have a victim, and they are demarcated by two factors: (1) Colour of skin and (2) Gender. Jews can not be victims., 3/22/2019, 8:09 AM

President Trump must slap immediate sanctions on South Africa

For the good of the rainbow nation, President Trump must slap immediate sanctions on South Africa. Black, white and brown, its people will owe him a debt of gratitude for years to come. , 3/10/2019, 7:34 AM

Is the Times motto for real?

Its motto is “All the news that’s fit to print" but fit for whom? The core stakeholders come first: Media owners and advertisers., 1/21/2019, 9:49 AM

How to trivialize the Holocaust without denying it

These well camouflaged deniers drum up support by deflating the Holocaust to just a big crime while inflating Palestinian suffering to a big crime until the two are level. , 12/18/2018, 10:47 PM

How people are conditioned to revile Israel

Read this and you will understand how Israel-bashers in the media purposefully and malevolently build up hatred for Israel., 11/26/2018, 12:44 PM

How people are conditioned to hate Israel

Watch out for ‘unclean’ news – infected with personal opinion driven by agenda, by a desire to condition readers or viewers. , 11/16/2018, 7:24 AM

How people are conditioned to revile Israel

Subtle techniques of which readers are unaware, especially when they are sins of omission or choice of words, get a message across that can turn news into an op-ed., 11/12/2018, 7:30 AM

Garden of Evil -a story for this week's Shabbos Project

A story for the Shabbos Project – culled from the parsha Vayera. Part fictional account of Lot in Sodom. To enlighten and, hopefully, for reading pleasure., 10/25/2018, 5:18 AM

How people are conditioned to revile Trump  

How did the media instill this Trump mania? What accounts for anti-Trumpers at large being unaware, let alone suspecting, they’ve been brainwashed?, 10/8/2018, 10:11 PM

George Soros fans the flames of anti-Semitism

No one has covered the anti-Semitism issue from this angle: The migrant crisis in Europe and the part that Jews of power played in exacerbating the crisis. , 8/10/2018, 1:29 PM

Lament of God’s own curser

In this biting article, Balaam, the prophet who agrees to curse the Israelites but is forced to bless them, and whose story is read this Sabbath morning during synagogue services, tells us of his posthumous reward., 6/29/2018, 6:55 AM

Unpacking contrary Jews 

The new mantra is "White privilege" and it doesn't take much searching to find out what that really means., 4/25/2017, 8:31 AM

Jewish values have gone haywire

For liberal Jews, caring for the Stranger is everything, caring for the Jew is nothing., 4/9/2017, 6:11 AM

When Jews find common cause with movements that hate Jews

Do the Jews who join anti-Semtic movements know something that the rest of us don't?, 3/16/2017, 7:58 AM

Jew-haters have no problem with dead Jews

Unlikely bedfellows commemorate the Holocaust, rabid Muslim anti-Semites collect money to repair desecrated Jewish cemeteries. And progressive Jews love it., 3/6/2017, 11:00 AM

Refugee divide denudes clever progressives

Why is the clever class dead focused on the symptom with finger on lips as to the cause of the refugee wave?, 2/14/2017, 11:27 AM

The folly of the fury over Trump's refugee order

Did the judge that struck down Trump's ban realize who was and who was not being allowed into the USA? , 2/4/2017, 11:59 PM

The lie that broke Israel’s back

How was it all done? It was done step-by-step with eraser and ink. , 1/10/2017, 12:20 AM

The days of the Dybbuk in the White House

To leave office with a legacy Obama supped with a devil in thin disguise.  A President who puts so many freak events into play has to be under a mischievous spell.  , 11/20/2016, 9:33 PM

The international community –  A purpose-made ghoul  

The international community is all in the mind. It amounts to a patchwork of allies and adversaries looking after their own backs. , 10/28/2016, 8:19 AM

Era of the professorial fool

It took George Orwell to point out that higher learning and stupidity make a regular couple. It boggles the mind to think of what he would say today., 10/14/2016, 9:47 AM

Lord of the Lies reigns over BDS

Even Israel-hater Noam Chomsky admitted that "The current BDS run by one man NGOs who falsely claim to represent the [Arab] Palestinian people.", 9/18/2016, 7:19 AM

Anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism? How dare you! 

Can one hate Israel and not be an anti-Semite? An expose of the truth., 5/4/2016, 4:14 PM

Passover and the Palestinians

Hear oh Israel the cry of people in bondage under you. Let the Palestinians go. Let them make unto themselves a nation. Oh, eally?, 4/21/2016, 11:00 PM

The media is free, but chained to a narrative

A brittle hysteria has settled on the media in every free country, imparting an aura of menace. A frightening picture of what is happening to the once free press., 11/11/2015, 10:44 AM

The Price of Conscience for a Peculiar Breed of Israeli

True arbiting of a three-way slug-out in a world where bashing Israel pays, and pays well., 9/13/2015, 12:29 AM

Zionist Lobby - Anti-American Bogeyman

The myth of the powerful Jews has transformed into the Israeli bogeyman. Even global warming is laid at its door., 8/30/2015, 5:51 AM

Boycotters Depend on One Industry not to Boycott Israel

A look at the industry whose ties to Israel keep increasing., 8/22/2015, 11:09 PM

A Dybbuk in the Nuclear Deal

The White House, as if possessed, made a deal with the devil., 8/14/2015, 2:59 PM

The Lie that Broke Israel’s Back

Turn Middle East wars and laws upside down and any way you like, but the 'West Bank' is neither occupied nor Palestinian. Except that the world believes the Big Lie. , 8/9/2015, 12:50 PM

The POTUS wrote off Jewish Blood for his Pact with the Devil

Mullahs and ayatollahs are free to threaten a mushroom cloud over Tel Aviv. And chant death to America. Obama is busy protecting Iran from Israel. , 8/2/2015, 12:09 AM

Defeating Israel with Funny Law

The legal way the to get rid of Israel is through International Humanitarian Law. Humanitarian Law is not applicable when Israel is attacked, only when it defends itself., 7/19/2015, 7:43 AM

Type B Holocaust Denial is the One to Watch

First they dwarf the Holocaust to a run-of-the mill crime; then they pair Israel and "blameless" Palestinians with Nazis and really blameless Jews. , 6/30/2015, 10:51 PM

Obama’s Faith in anti-Semites and the Cost

Has no one taught Obama that the extermination of Jews was not a means to an end but an end in itself?, 6/18/2015, 10:18 PM

Christianity Gone Beserk

Can men of the cloth square the circle of exerting themselves to attack Jews while having no time for Christendom exploding on their doorstep?, 6/9/2015, 3:09 PM

The Biblical Roots of BDS

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When Professors Turn Foolish They Turn Really Stupid

Academia has spawned an egregious formula by which Muslim crimes against Palestinians are Muslim business, but Jewish behavior towards Palestinians is academia's business., 5/19/2015, 2:08 AM

A Dybbuk in the White House

Effectively, a president of America has decamped to the enemy., 4/24/2015, 8:12 AM

The Whys and Wherefores of Israel Boycotters Part III

The final installment of this important analysis is titled: The Goose and the Golden Egg., 8/12/2013, 11:27 AM

The Whys and Wherefores of Israel Boycotters, Part II

Part 2 of a three-part analysis: A Faith gone Bad. , 8/6/2013, 6:49 AM

The Why’s and Wherefores of Israel Boycotters: Part I

A three-part analysis. Part 1: A Kabbalistic Mission, 7/30/2013, 1:20 PM

A Case Study of Anti-Zionism on Campus

There are lessons to be learned from the recent fiasco., 5/17/2013, 8:25 AM