Rochel Sylvetsky

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

Throwing a Party in Netzer - Mazel Tov!

One day, please G-d, there will be a thriving Jewish community at Netzer. Remember that this is how it all starts in the hills of Judea..., 2/2/2012, 9:53 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