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Yishai Fleisher

The Symbolism of Succot

Succot is the most prayer- and <I>mitzvah-laden holiday on the Jewish calendar. It is also full of the symbolism that makes Jewish life so rich., 10/19/2005, 11:01 PM

In Aliyah, Quantity is Quality

The first misconception here is that the Diaspora communities are "politically, economically and culturally strong.", 7/29/2004, 10:56 PM

The Light That Heals

Today, the message of Hanukkah is that we can overcome the powerful external forces that are crashing against us, and we can take back the spirit of the Jewish people. , 12/23/2003, 8:12 PM

Stop Supporting Israel

We treat Israel like it's our down-on-her-luck cousin, we see ourselves as Israel's crutch, parent, and allowance-giver. We pity Israel. Moreover, our 'support' belies something even more distressing than pity, and that is our alienation from Israel, its present reality, and consequently, its future destiny. When we, American Jews, state that we 'support' Israel, what we are really saying is that , 10/10/2003, 12:48 AM

<i>Moshiach Bin Laden</i>

But why does this Saudi millionaire embrace a life of self-sacrifice, depravation, and mortal danger? Why does he choose to live in the toiletless caves of Afghanistan instead of the Jacuzzi-laden suites of Monaco? What is the source of his resolve?, 9/18/2003, 3:02 PM

We Won the <i>Intifada</i>

<i>Aliyah</i> is up, Oslo is dead, the army is strong, and Israelis go on with their lives in spite of it all. We have won the <i>Intifada</i>. , 5/13/2003, 6:35 PM