Prof. Shmuel Neumann

A Hareidi Reaction to the Draft Committee Report

This article may arouse anger or empathy - but it will certainly have readers thinking about the issues discussed., 5/23/2013, 1:08 PM

The New National Sport: Hareidi-Bashing

Dep. Minister Mickey Levy called hareidi religious Jews "parasites" recently, and apologized. But he was only one example of the incitement in the air. Two hareidi boys were beaten by two guards today for no reason., 5/19/2013, 11:47 PM

Killing the Best of Us

A glimpse into the life of Rabbi Meir Avshalom Chai, killed by terrorists on Thursday, written by someone who knew him., 12/26/2009, 11:42 PM

Don Quixote de la Shomron

One simple Jew tilting at windmills., 10/15/2008, 3:04 PM

Beginning of the End

In this season of soul searching, we have to take an honest look at ourselves, starting with the way others see us. We need a large number of Haredi religious nationalists to come out of the closet and find a home. We also need well-dressed, and articulate representatives who are able to speak to the hearts of the secular left. , 9/30/2005, 12:06 PM

Racist Disengagement

It is illegal to advocate ejecting Arabs from their homes and forcibly removing them from Israel. How can it be legal to advocate forcibly removing Jews from their homes?, 1/31/2005, 8:53 PM

Forgive and Forget

For another empty promise, we are expected to forgive and forget. Even if we would want to, we are not in the position to forgive and forget. A story illustrates this point., 12/21/2004, 8:08 PM

Until You Get Used to It

I believe that we have to face a bitter reality: Jews will be targets until the Messiah. Even during the Passover <I>Seder</I>, when Jews celebrate their salvation from slavery in Egypt, they remind themselves that in each generation there arise those who try to destroy them. Until the advent of the Messiah, that is. , 11/30/2004, 7:53 PM

To Be or Not to Be

Not wanting to subject this "shame" of being Jewish upon my children, we emigrated to the land of the free (Jew), the home of the brave (Jew). I was ecstatic to be privileged to live in Israel and raise our children as Jews, proud of their Jewish identity. It was my ideal to be a Jew and an Israeli. But now I have to decide., 11/10/2004, 8:17 PM

The Engagement Plan

Apply Jewish law to the Jewish state, expel those that advocate the violent overthrow of the government, just as the United States routinely does, provide Israeli citizenship to Jews worldwide without requiring residency and grant all un-farmed land to Jews willing to farm it. , 10/17/2004, 7:41 PM

A Tale of Two Apartheids

The United States of America is schizoid. , 9/12/2004, 10:50 PM

Irrational Fear - Part II

The next time you visit Sbarro's, Cafe Hillel, Moment Cafe, or take a bus ride in Jerusalem, ask yourself: who is the idiot and who is insane?, 8/26/2004, 11:12 PM

Irrational Fear - Part I

When I tell people that I live in a West Bank settlement, they look at me as though I am an idiot, insane, or both. As this is a consistent reaction, I have to give this some serious deliberation. Am I insanely, idiotically and irresponsibly exposing myself, my wife and children to danger?, 8/25/2004, 11:04 PM

No Alternative

There is no alternative. I'll have to get a bug repellant. There is no way that I can live in peaceful coexistence with creatures programmed to relentless attacks upon my person, just as we cannot live in peaceful coexistence with a people programmed to relentless terrorist attacks., 8/11/2004, 10:45 PM

Save Yourselves

I spent a day pleading with the residents of Chomesh to save their community. Ariel Sharon intends to demolish this community by next Tisha B'Av. Although 70% of the Likud Party opposed the disengagement plan, Sharon is undeterred. The 200,000 person human chain and million signature petitions are publicity stunts that are insufficient to stop the bulldozer, Ariel Sharon., 8/3/2004, 7:38 PM

Creative Resolution

How many dead Jews does it take to change a government? , 6/14/2004, 9:34 PM


I am the village idiot that finds it amazing that we still are amazed, finds it shocking that we are still shocked, and finds it disgusting that we are still disgusted and do nothing. By now, we should take for granted that a pregnant mother and her small children would be shot to death at point-blank range and that soldiers' bodies would be mutilated and body parts paraded in the streets. , 5/17/2004, 5:57 PM


The people of Israel love the Land of Israel. As a couple who have not consummated their love and are "engaged", the People of Israel still have a blind infatuation with every portion of the land. , 5/7/2004, 1:29 AM

Trapped Like a Rat

Partly because of my narrow escape from being trapped like the rest of the Jews in Soviet countries, I empathized with other people, even our enemies, who were likewise trapped and yearned to escape to a free land where they could raise their children., 3/9/2004, 11:56 AM

Bontshe the Silent

Yiddish literature has poignantly captured the best and worst in us. In a pathetic schmaltzy script, Ariel Sharon promises more "painful compromises", Lapid apoplectically insists synagogues be demolished, impotent Judea, Samaria and Gaza (<i>Yesha</I>) leaders show greater "flexibility", Benny Elon legitimizes <i>Judenrein</i> on the East Bank, and the silent majority is reduced to the caricature, 2/15/2004, 5:08 PM

Evacuate Gaza

There is a small section of southern Gaza that falls outside the borders of Biblical Israel, as does Ariel Sharon's farm in the Negev. The architect of history is manipulating contingencies to implement Biblical prophesies. , 2/4/2004, 6:04 PM

Obstacle Illusions

In this topsy turvy world, the obstacle to terrorist attacks has been transmuted to an obstacle to peace, a provocation and even a war crime. , 1/15/2004, 6:29 PM

Can?t Punish Aggression

One of the most bizarre experiments I witnessed as a student was a professor?s attempt to punish pain-elicited aggression. , 1/6/2004, 6:25 PM

Don?t Make <i>Aliyah</I>

Anyone from the United States that doesn?t want to make <i>Aliyah</i> ought to have their hearts examined. , 1/1/2004, 1:13 AM


Human rights are a strange thing, especially when they fall into the hands of the fundamentalist Left. That is because the Left has its own ideas regarding what constitutes human rights. , 12/11/2003, 7:55 PM

Declare War!

The so-called Palestinians have killed over a thousand Israelis. How many do they have to kill before Israel declares war and fights back? 10,000? 100,000? 1,000,000?, 11/4/2003, 6:01 PM

The Bulgarian Plan

If he can do it so can I. In order to provide myself with a measure of credibility, I created Israel?s newest political party, <a href=>Sheretz</a>. As the party head, and sole member, I have the authority, and have succeeded, to negotiate a binding Peace Treaty with Abu Shlep and Abu Mieskeit, with the help of the Bulgarian secretariat. , 10/22/2003, 5:32 PM

Imposed Peace

Every algorithm that required reciprocity from the Palestinians failed. Now, the Europeans, ignoring all signposts along the way, are simply imposing a Palestinian state upon Israel. , 9/9/2003, 10:56 PM

Terrorism Addict

The Palestinians have been playing childish games, perpetually changing the rules and leaving the greatest think tanks of the world in a quandary. The Palestinian?s self-defeating variant of ?tag, you?re it? can be understood in the context of scientific principles., 8/25/2003, 7:00 PM

The Morning After

The morning after the Roadmap evaporates in smoke, amid the inferno of bus bombs, the maelstrom of Qassam rocket barrages, the mutilation-murders of our children and adolescents, and the drive by shootings on our roads, then what? , 8/13/2003, 10:34 PM

For Thee I Mourn

Because we Jews are farsighted, we have a three-week mourning period and fast for Temples that were destroyed millennia ago. We look back at the destruction of the Temple not as a direct result of the expansion of the Babylonian or Roman Empire, but as a result of sins; not only the sins of that generation, but also sins that occurred thousands of years before. We look back and link the destructio, 8/6/2003, 4:40 PM

?No Jews, Niggers, or Dogs?

My friend called saying that he was served with an order from the Israeli army to demolish his dogs? doghouse. He has 11 watchdogs that guard the perimeter of Tapuach. The small doghouse keeps the dogs shaded from the ferocious midday sun. , 7/6/2003, 5:56 PM

Burning Bush

The Knesset should pass a law that provides for a one-way <i>teudat maavar</i> to anyone who wants to emigrate. This is not transfer, but merely opening the door for malcontents that want to leave. Part of this law should provide a mechanism in which those that relinquish citizenship (including Palestinian and Jordanian) are barred from re-entry. The law should provide financial assistance to the , 6/22/2003, 7:19 PM

We Are Not the Enemy

Today, I am repentant. On the bus I will stand in respect every time a tattooed, pierced, pony-tailed soldier gets on and I will offer my seat to them. And in my prayers, I will vicariously enact my putting myself and my children through the Binding of Isaac. I will, before reciting the <i>Shema</i> prayer, vicariously die a thousand deaths, before declaring in my loudest voice that my love for th, 6/13/2003, 1:23 PM

Roadmap for Dummies

Ariel Sharon?s instantaneous acceptance of the Roadmap triggered vivid flashbacks of this humiliation. We have lived two thousand years with perpetual, incessant, and often horrific anti-Semitism. It is na?ve to expect the Jew, who was hated for two thousand years, to now be loved just by agreeing to a Roadmap. , 6/2/2003, 6:37 PM