An Apology to TurkeyTurkey has downgraded its ties to Israel after Israel refused to apologize for the Mavi Marmara incident.
Eikev: Do Not Fear Them; G-d Works His Miracles For UsThe Torah admonishes us: “Should you say in your heart, These nations are greater than me! How will I be able to drive them out?! – Do not fear them! Remember – just remember – what HaShem your G-d did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt..."
Shabbat Parah and Parshat ShminiWhat is the Torah’s message in specifying that the kidneys, liver, and diaphragm were wholly burnt? Why not other parts of the sacrificed animal?
Vayeshev: History's EchoesEverything that our ancestors ever did – both for bad and for good – stamped its imprint indelibly on our history for the rest of time. All their actions reverberate eternally in the echo-chamber of history.
Shavuot: Pesach's CulminationBesides the lunar calendaric reason, there are other reasons that the exact day of the month of Shavuot is not mentioned in the Torah.
Vayeira: The Power of Hate"And Hashem said to Moses: 'Say to Aaron: Take your staff and stretch forth your hand over the waters of Egypt, and they will become blood, and the Egyptian sorcerers did the same with their black magic,'" (Exodus 7:19).
Chanukah: Light, Peace and Victory Over EvilIn Modi'in, an obscure village and a Seleucid province, a single family started a revolution; twenty-five men against a vast superpower. That they dared even begin was a miracle. That other Jews joined them was inconceivable. For them to win was impossible. And yet, win they did; and it is that impossible, miraculous victory that we celebrate.
<I>Vayishlach</I>: Return to IsraelWe turn right, following the signpost to Ramallah (the site of the Biblical Ramat El), and just before approaching Beit El, we see on the right-hand side of the road the Arab village of Beteen - this name is a corruption of the original Beit El.
My Only Regret, My Only RequestNow, more than ever, we need to do serious Pesach cleaning in our national home. And we need Jews - Jews in the millions - to help us. We need Jews from the USA, from Britain, from everywhere.
Why I'm Running on the Herut List"When the Lord returned the captives to Zion, we were as dreamers," said the Psalmist. But when we come to build a state, we have to wake up from the dream.
The True JudgeEven in the aftermath of disaster, we must see G-d as He who is good and bestows good.
How to Be a Menace to SocietyIf Her Honour happens to read this essay, I want her to know that I never imagined that by defending my life, and carefully not endangering the life of anyone else (not even the Arabs who would have happily taken my life), I thereby became a menace to society.
With My Back to the SeaWith nowhere to go but heaven, hell or the ocean, I fired a few warning shots in the air, and, as the Arabs ducked, I retreated to the hotel in Hof Dekalim. Of course, I could have exercised <I>havlaga</I> (restraint), taken my chances on living or dying, and avoided court.