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Larry Domnitch

Dayeinu: It would have been enough!

A bittersweet takeoff on the Dayeinu song sung at the Seder. Dayeinu means "it would have been enough!", 4/21/2016, 10:53 PM

The UN should read the Megillah

The UN and UNHRC do not have the Megillah on their agenda, but perhaps they should., 3/28/2016, 8:11 AM

Kristallnacht: When the Jews were stranded

The 9th and 10th of November, 1938, the night of broken glass, was a pogrom organized and orchestrated by the Nazis to show their plans for the Jews. The Western world turned its back and England closed the doors to Palestine. And today?, 11/8/2015, 7:24 PM

Yom Kippur in WWI: The Baal Neilah

Soldiers who knew that any second their lives or their loved ones' lives could be ended., 9/21/2015, 5:42 PM

Needed: A Guide to the Perplexed for the Iran Negotiations

If the IAEA has limited access to Iranian nuclear sites, what legitimacy is there to negotiations with US and the P5 over Iran's nuclear program?, 6/17/2015, 11:13 PM

The Expulsion of Jews from Lithuania and Courland 1915: A Century Ago

While preparing for the upcoming Shavuot holiday, notices appeared calling for the Jews living in areas closer to the war front to vacate their homes over the next day or two days or be executed., 5/19/2015, 5:53 PM

Pesach in Jerusalem 1920: Tragedy and Challenge

British anti-Semitism has a long and horrible history. , 3/30/2015, 11:58 AM

European Jewry's Suffering in 1915 - One Century Later

It was a year of tragedy and disaster for the Jews of Europe, but also a year in which some of the seeds of the Jewish state were planted. , 1/15/2015, 5:09 PM

November 29, 1947, 5:50 pm, EST

The world body which would be a repository for so much antipathy against Israel over the next seven decades must have experienced a moment of madness. They actually recognized the right of the Jewish people to a homeland., 11/29/2014, 5:34 PM

November 2, 1917: The Balfour Declaration

The general perception at the time was that the deliverance of the Jews was forthcoming, thanks to the declaration of the British government., 11/1/2014, 8:46 PM

Tear Down this Opera

Be there on October 20 at 6 p.m.and protest not only the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, but also the murder of his memory., 10/15/2014, 6:26 AM

My Fellow US Jews, We Are All Ambassador Tzvi Mazel

Mazel registered his protest in a way that everyone noticed. Facing the Klinghoffer travesty, so should we., 9/18/2014, 8:29 AM

August 1, 2014: The Centennial of World War One

It began on the 9th of Av. It was a war of unprecedented horrors, in a century were many more would follow. For Jewry it was a time of immense suffering. And today, it seems eerily familiar., 8/1/2014, 12:42 PM

Calling American Jewry

It is time to protest, for those in American Jewry who oppose J Street and love Israel to be heard. , 2/25/2014, 8:43 AM

Tisha B’Av and the First World War

Tisha B'Av marks many tragedies that befell the Jewish people., 7/15/2013, 9:15 AM

Remembering the "Iron Lady"

Margaret Thatcher was an admirer of the Jewish State and its many accomplishments and a staunch advocate for Soviet Jewry. She also took a strong stance against terror. , 4/10/2013, 10:56 PM

International Pressure on Jerusalem

Now, as then, we do not have to listen to the voices that wish to divide our Holy City, 1/27/2013, 4:55 AM

Kit Tavo: Gratitude to G-d, Despite Suffering

Assimilated German Jews could not fathom the joy of observant Polish Jews despite the suffering of WWI., 9/6/2012, 12:22 PM

Tu B'Av. A Golden Opportunity

This biblical tale has many messages that are appropriate for today., 8/3/2012, 4:51 PM

Romney: Standing by Israel

While approximately 78% of voting Jews pulled the lever for Barack Obama in 2008, this year, many Jews are reflecting on that decision four years ago. , 6/6/2012, 8:53 PM

Mishpatim: Reaching the Summit

Why the special emphasis that only Moshe reached the heights of Mount Sinai? , 2/17/2012, 12:12 PM

A Tale of Faith: The Promise of "Kiddush Levana"

"Kiddush Levana" is recited on Saturday nights when the moon is full, outside the synagogue. The prayer says: "Just as I cannot touch the moon, so may my enemies be unable to touch me." A poignant tale of Jewish faith and courage., 1/19/2012, 5:17 AM

With Whom is the JCC Partnering?

Read this report and think twice., 11/21/2011, 10:42 AM

1942: Tisha B'Av in the Warsaw Ghetto

On the 22nd of July, at 7:30 in the morning, the Judenrat were told that the deportations were to begin the next day -- Tisha B’Av -- and the expulsions would include children., 8/8/2011, 9:35 AM

Forgotten: 1917 Jewish Refugees

The Jews were refugees in their own land when on March, 28, 1917, the Ottoman Governor, Jamal Pasha ordered the forced evacuation of the total populations of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. The results were catastrophic., 4/12/2011, 8:35 AM

Tower of Babel: Rebellion

A rebellion can be against a regime, but it can also be against G-d., 10/5/2010, 6:32 AM

<i>Shemot</I>: A Challenge of Faith

Considering that they were entering the Sinai Desert, where they were provided with all their needs by the Almighty, and eventually into land of Israel, where "nothing is lacking," (Deuteronomy 8:9) why did the Israelites need to acquire such wealth?, 1/10/2007, 3:54 PM


What Israelis need is an infusion of their past values; those of their grandparents who built the country. , 12/26/2006, 2:32 AM

Musings on the United Nations

Immediately following the UN General Assembly Resolution 3379 equating Zionism and racism in 1975, Israeli UN Ambassador Chaim Herzog declared "for us, the Jewish people, this is no more than a piece of paper." Thirty-one years later, the travesty goes on. , 12/4/2006, 6:45 PM

Israel Activism in Our Times

Israel and world Jewry needs an ample infusion of Jewish activism to cope with the coming challenges., 10/30/2006, 12:03 PM

The Temporary and the Permanent

Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau declared two years ago that there is no future for European Jewry. He stated, "I see the end of the exile for European Jewry." , 10/4/2006, 4:05 PM

Remember the Twentieth of Sivan

The twentieth of Sivan has been designated by sages in two different eras to be a day of fasting and commemoration. , 6/12/2006, 10:06 PM

Jerusalem's Defenders: The Road From Hebron

The defenders of Gush Etzion selflessly took all risks to ensure that Jerusalem remain in Jewish hands. For the next nineteen years, the Jewish, western section of Jerusalem thrived, while the Gush Etzion region was desolate and abandoned. Upon the ruins of Kfar Etzion, a Jordanian army camp was built. , 5/24/2006, 11:36 PM

<I>Beshalach</I>: Anti-Semitism at the Reed Sea

One can surmise that the paradigm of antagonism toward Israel, Pharaoh, should have learned from the devastation of the plagues that befell Egypt and realized that pursuing the Israelites at the Reed Sea was a futile act. , 2/10/2006, 1:01 AM

<I>Sh'mot</I>: Moshe's Decision

As the Israelites were enduring the burdens of Egyptian oppression, Moshe <I>Rabbeinu</I> faced a life-altering decision; one which would demand decisiveness in thought and action. , 1/20/2006, 1:48 AM

Chanukah and International Pressure

As nations line up to pressure and demand more Israeli concessions, what if the people of Israel held their ground?, 12/29/2005, 11:40 PM

"The Shofar of Courage and Hope"

Wrapped in the <I>talit</I>, the "contraband" <I>shofar</I> was safely concealed., 10/11/2005, 4:23 PM

A Special <I>Shabbat Nachamu</I> in Jerusalem

In the Old City of Jerusalem in 1920, a recital of the <I>Haftarah</I> resounded throughout the city and infused the people with a renewed sense of hope., 8/19/2005, 1:45 AM

The Tenth of Av: While the Temple Was in Flames

The Talmudic sage Rabbi Yochanan stated, "Had I been alive in that generation, I would have fixed [the day of mourning] for the tenth [of Av], because the greater part of the Temple was burnt on that day."(1) As Tisha B'Av has been a day of Jewish misfortune and unfortunate occurrences throughout Jewish history, so too has been the Tenth of Av., 8/12/2005, 1:30 AM

Remembering Maalot

The young victims of Maalot must be remembered. Their deaths should serve notice that Arab terror must be defeated. , 5/13/2005, 2:37 PM

A Post-Seder Thought

How did the Israelites who lived in a climate of relative tolerance within Egypt suddenly become slaves to their Egyptian hosts?, 4/27/2005, 6:56 PM

Mordechai the Jew

The pressure of maintaining one's individualism in the face of a growing trend can be enormous. Politically correct views and ideas are repeated so often that they become the accepted norms. And then there are those who defy the convention., 3/20/2005, 2:47 PM

<I>Ki Tisa</I>: A Stiff-Necked People

It is a quality that could have doomed the Jews, and yet, it is also a source of their strength and endurance., 2/22/2005, 3:44 PM

<I>B'shalach</I>: The Winds of Change

Egyptian public policy toward <I>Bnei Yisrael</I> took several shifts. , 1/20/2005, 12:30 PM

In Their Days and Ours: The Chanukah Legacy

In the days of antiquity, following the conquest of the world by Alexander the Great in 332 BCE, each nation had accepted each others' deities and morals as prescribed by the universal creed of the day, Hellenism. However, the Jews tenaciously clung to their Torah and were the exception to the universal global trend. , 12/7/2004, 7:15 PM

Preventing Terror

Guilty as charged! The kangaroo court - the United Nations Security Council - has again spoken! , 5/24/2004, 11:46 PM

The Ramban Synagogue: Hope Amidst Despair

Seven hundred years before Israeli paratroopers made their way through gates surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem during the Six Day War, a great sage was building a cornerstone in Jerusalem. His contributions towards rejuvenating Jewish life in the holy city are everlasting. His impact upon history is monumental., 5/18/2004, 6:47 PM

A Passover Thought

Passover is a most appropriate time to ask how we Jews can alter the course of history. , 4/9/2004, 1:15 AM

Holding on to the Golan

Four years ago, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered to give Syria the Golan Heights. However, the negotiations that followed failed to reach an agreement, and four years later, the Golan Heights remains in Israel?s hands., 10/28/2003, 5:22 PM

The Contributors

The Road Map! How did we get here? A proposed Road Map towards a state for the sworn enemies of Israel bordering on Israel?s main population centers, and approved by the Israeli Cabinet! Bad policy is seldom the product of the actions of one lone group of individuals. The recent decision by the Israeli Cabinet to accept the Road Map is not an exception. The following people have had a direct contr, 6/9/2003, 6:33 PM

The Magic of <i>Shavuot</i>, 1967

On the morning of <i>Shavuot</i>, June 15, 1967, just six days after the liberation of the old city of Jerusalem following the Six-Day War, the Old City was officially opened to the Israeli public. For the first time in almost two thousand years, masses of Jews could visit the Western Wall and walk through the cherished streets of Judaism?s capital city as members of the sovereign Jewish nation. E, 6/4/2003, 7:04 PM