Rochel Sylvetsky

The IDF Rabbinate of Rabbi Goren: "With Might and Strength"

Anti-religious IDF policies and the trials of the new Chief IDF Rabbi, are nothing new, just the issues have changed. First IDF Rabbi Goren's autobiography tells that story, that of a Jewish state that created a Jewish army ., 12/1/2016, 3:04 PM

Reading "The Infidels' is like entering a time machine

Reading this book about what occurred a century ago, one feels that it is all happening now - and tragically, it is., 11/16/2016, 4:51 AM

Halichot v'Halachot: A book that arrived at just the right time

The newest book by Rabbi Enkin, filled with interesting halachic insights and responsa, is a highly recommended read during the High Holydays period., 9/26/2016, 8:49 AM

A myrtle in the desert: The Poetry of Rabbi  Yosef Tzvi Rimon

Longing for the rebirth of Jewish life in the Holy Land, longing for closeness to the Almighty and love for the early pioneers in a beautiful book by a poet of the return to Zion, now available in English for the first time., 8/9/2016, 3:27 PM

Book Review: "Why Open Orthodoxy is not Orthodox"

The book, by Torah scholar in the US, is a point by point scathing criticism of the controversial movement begun by Rabbi Avi Weiss., 8/1/2016, 8:38 AM

Not politically correct

He still negates the changes in Western mores.A cynic's view of the attempts to change Orthodox Judaism and make it politically correct in today's world., 7/22/2016, 7:30 AM

We need another Nehemiah

Review of Dov S. Zakheim's new book, "Nehemiah: Statesman and Sage." To paraphrase Santayana, those in power who learn from Nehemiah's history might do well to try to repeat it., 6/28/2016, 10:16 AM

The Koren Yizkor: Memory and meaning, remembrance and hope

A review of the recently published collection of essays on Hazkarat Neshamot (yizkor) by former Yeshiva University Chancellor, Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm., 5/4/2016, 4:16 PM

Book Review: The Long Night, a journey through the Holocaust

Darkness fell on Ernst Bornstein's life but he lived to tell us about it. Review of a gripping, just translated Holocaust book that describes a young man's journey through seven death camps up to his liberation by US forces., 5/2/2016, 9:07 AM

One man's diary of survival in Nazi concentration camps

Book review: Odd Nansen, a non Jewish survivor of the Nazi camps of WWII, wrote a diary that may be the most epic narrative of all., 4/12/2016, 11:45 PM

"Unexpected Israel" – Stories you never read in the media

A review of the newly published, non-combative and definitive answer to those anti-Israel, BDS and other vulgar protests at AIPAC, colleges and anywhere else. Also a lovely way to learn the truth about the unique aspects of the Jewish state., 3/21/2016, 9:19 AM

"The Ghetto Swinger": A Berlin jazz legend remembers

The recently published, never-before translated book by "Coco" Schumann traces his journey from Berlin's pre-war nightlife to a band in Auschwitz and back to Berlin - and doesn't miss a beat., 3/16/2016, 11:41 PM

On Yeshiva University's "From Within the Tent: The Sabbath Prayers"

Yeshiva University has published a thoughtful and inspiring book of essays on aspects of the Sabbath prayers. A special way to enrich one's own Sabbath knowledge and family discussions on the day of rest., 2/19/2016, 8:11 AM

On the Torah article found in Rabbi Eitam's Hy"d computer

Knowledge,, Torah-true integrity and modesty leap from every line in the last Torah writing of the brilliant scholar murdered with his wife by barbaric terrorists in front of their four children., 1/16/2016, 6:25 PM

Erosion, undermining Israel through lies and deception

Review of a short and clear book aimed at the reclamation of the good name of the Jewish state., 1/6/2016, 8:08 PM

"The War of a Million Cuts" - Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld

A comprehensive picture of the "new" anti-Semitism that has evolved since the year 2000, and what should and can be done about it. , 9/24/2015, 3:19 PM

JPost Apologizes for NIF Op-ed

Don't take the left's aggression lying down. Fight back, protest, complain - you can make a difference. , 8/22/2015, 11:00 PM

On "Heroic Children: Untold Stories of the Unconquerable"

Review of a book that will change your ideas of children's capabilities while recounting a gripping aspect of the Holocaust that has never been put to paper. You will not be able to put it down., 8/7/2015, 12:53 AM

Abraham Lincoln and Religious Zionists

Elections in Israel are the time when all or some of the people running for office try to fool all or some of the people voting. Why does it work?, 2/26/2015, 6:15 AM

Book Review: "Shimon", the Story of a Talmudic Giant

A book about a gladiator turned Talmudic Sage, which inadvertently shows the greatness of the Torah's attitude to human failings., 12/31/2014, 6:20 AM

Great Miracles Are Happening Right Here

The miracles of the Maccabees were "in those days and in our times." No matter how much they try to annihilate us., 12/15/2014, 10:25 PM

I Love Shmitta

Only in Israel., 10/21/2014, 8:26 AM

Memories and Lessons of the Yom Kippur War

Lucky is the intelligence officer who is constantly worried, wrote the current Head of IDF Intelligence in an article that went viral in Israel., 10/3/2014, 5:40 AM

A Jewish Perspective on Hamas

Ancient Jewish history can put the present into perspective and enable us to take the long view, but not everything has a precedent., 9/17/2014, 7:20 AM


test, 8/24/2014, 9:25 AM

A Novel of Ideas in the Era of Anti-Israelism

"Field of Exile" is a brave and moving book of love, betrayal and the courage to defend one's principles in an era of blind hatred for Israel on the streets and campuses of the West. A novel whose plot is being played out during the current war., 8/14/2014, 11:17 PM

"Every Child is Special" - and So is this Book

Written in Hebrew by a well-known Israeli therapist, it is now available in English. At first glance, it seems aimed at children, but it packs a message for both youngsters and the adults in their lives., 6/2/2014, 9:06 AM

Uri, Salt of the Earth

Most English speakers did not know Uri Elitzur, z"l, since so few of his brilliant Hebrew articles were translated. Arutz Sheva sketches his character, along with his last speech, given on Yom Haatzmaut, just two weeks before his death., 5/25/2014, 11:03 PM

Four Sweet-Faced IDF Soldiers

What happened to the four sweet-faced soldiers who rinsed lettuce for the IDF Seder with me?, 5/4/2014, 11:04 PM

Walking with Greatness: Prof. Reuven Feuerstein, z"l

Arutz Sheva interviews Dr. Jerry and Shoshana Lafair, personal physician and longtime friends of the man who changed the world's definition of cognitive ability., 5/4/2014, 6:20 AM

"Nine Men Wanted for a Minyan"

Rabbi Meyer Fendel's heartwarming story:Blazing a trail in Jewish education., 2/6/2014, 11:33 PM

Attacking Israel's Chief Rabbinate - in the NY Times

A response from Israel., 2/2/2014, 12:57 PM

Book Review: "The Forgotten Memoirs"

The hitherto unknown personal accounts of Rabbis who survived the Holocaust were discovered by an historian who realized where they could be found. A riveting, uplifting and illuminating book., 1/27/2014, 1:44 PM

Rabbanit Kapach, Queen Mother of Israel: In Memoriam

It is thirty days since the passing of Rabbanit Bracha Kapach, z"l. A tribute to Jerusalem's "woman of valor" whose presence will be sorely missed. , 12/29/2013, 2:30 PM

Announcing the "Next Intifada"

Sometimes one cannot let things go by. Perhaps Israel has been doing just that for too long., 11/13/2013, 3:00 PM

Battered Child Syndrome or Why Israel Believed in Oslo

An interview with Dr. Ron Shleifer, Ariel University, on the book "The Oslo Syndrome" by Prof. Kenneth Levin. Translated into Hebrew, the first printing was sold out in no time. A 2nd is now on the shelves ., 11/6/2013, 1:45 PM

Shattered Dreams and Harsh Realities

A review of Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld's new book "Israel's New Future Revisited: Shattered Dreams and Harsh Realities, Twenty Years after the First Oslo Accords" - a must read in light of the current PA-Israel negotiations. , 10/30/2013, 6:11 PM

Review: "An American Bride in Kabul" by P. Chesler

Phyllis Chesler took a break from writing opeds for Arutz Sheva to write this book, just published and a must read., 10/7/2013, 8:55 AM

New: Tal Chayim, A Practical Guide to Self-Improvement

Rabbi Shmuel Tal's book "Tal Chayim" on self-improvement is in English and a good choice for the Days of Awe and Repentance. , 9/1/2013, 11:14 PM

Analysis: The Elections for the Chief Rabbinate

An analysis of the voting body, the factors at play and how religious Zionists could have gotten one Chief Rabbinic seat, rather than losing both to the hareidi candidates, Rabbi David Lau of United Torah Judaism and Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef of Shas., 7/26/2013, 6:30 PM

I, a Woman, Intend to Pray at the Kotel on Friday

Do the rest of us have the right to pray quietly at the Wall on the first day of the new month? And to enjoy Jewish smachot, like Bar Mitzvas, there on that day?, 5/9/2013, 10:50 PM

What can Peres, Livni and Obama be Thinking?

Do they really consider Israeli voters to be of such limited intelligence? and national pride?, 1/16/2013, 11:08 PM

Praying at the Western Wall

A Response to "Egalitarian Jewish Worship" by Julie Schonfeld, Vice President of the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly, JPost, 3.1.13., 1/13/2013, 7:44 AM

The "Women of the Wall" Kotel Controversy

This is not a politically correct point of view, but it is my take on the Women of the Wall (WOW) issue. Someone has to speak for the real women of the wall., 12/27/2012, 8:49 AM

A Woman on the Bayit Hayehudi Party's List

While the new Habayit Hayehudi party's broadened interpretation of NRP ideology welcomes all Zionists, there are basic principles that are sancrosact., 11/11/2012, 8:27 AM

Hassidim, Kollelniks, Jewish Social Workers-Can It Be?

Israelis want Romney to be the next president and are very nervous about this election. Rumors abound that groups of US Jews, not just the expected limousine liberals, do not see it that way. ., 11/1/2012, 10:38 PM

A7 Op-ed Writer David Singer Hears from Richard Falk

David Singer wrote an op-ed describing the anti-Semitic statements appearing on the Special UN Rapporteur for Palestinian Arab civil right's blog, this despite the flack he got for an anti-Semitic cartoon last June. Falk responded., 8/7/2012, 12:30 PM

Psalm 137: If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem

The Talmud says that although King David wrote most of them, some of the Psalms were written by different authors at various times, ending with Ezra in the early 2nd Temple era. This psalm talks about the destruction of the 1st Temple., 7/29/2012, 2:04 PM

Unbroken Spirit: The Story of Yosef Mendelevitch

Unbroken Spirit: A Heroic Story Of Faith, Courage and Survival is the title of the translation of Yosef Mendelevitch's book. Read about it here., 6/18/2012, 9:48 AM

Report: Holland and Holocaust Restitution

At a recent symposium in Jerusalem, Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld's book on reparations to Dutch Jews led to airing related issues. Dutch media attended., 1/12/2012, 4:15 PM

Sylvester Night is not a Holiday

Israelis, who blithely call the eve of January 1st "Sylvester", and Jews who celebrate "New Year's Eve" as the civil year is ushered in, may not be aware of its tragic significance in Jewish history., 1/1/2010, 8:10 AM

A Hareidi Mayor for Jerusalem

Someone who understands the eternal love of Zion., 11/9/2008, 8:41 PM

An Immoral, Democratic Decision

There are many reasons an unjust and immoral decision can pass in a democratic governmental body. They include disinformation, personal gain, threats, party politics and vested interests., 12/21/2004, 10:21 PM

Aftermath of a Bus Ride

Pain, lacerations, shrapnel, bandages, wheelchair, hearing test, four stunned children and one shaken husband, reporters, Knesset Members, hellish images and tearful recounting ? all merged into a whirlpool of confusion on the rest of that long day. But it is what happened the next day that made me decide to write this article., 3/3/2004, 7:13 PM