Kristallnacht: When the Jews were strandedThe 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?
November 29, 1947, 5:50 pm, ESTThe 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.
Tear Down this OperaBe there on October 20 at 6 p.m.and protest not only the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, but also the murder of his memory.
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.
Calling American JewryIt is time to protest, for those in American Jewry who oppose J Street and love Israel to be heard.
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.
Romney: Standing by IsraelWhile 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.
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.
1942: Tisha B'Av in the Warsaw GhettoOn 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.
Forgotten: 1917 Jewish RefugeesThe 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.
<i>Shemot</I>: A Challenge of FaithConsidering 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?
Post-Post-ZionismWhat Israelis need is an infusion of their past values; those of their grandparents who built the country.
Musings on the United NationsImmediately 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.
The Temporary and the PermanentChief 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."
Jerusalem's Defenders: The Road From HebronThe 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.
<I>Beshalach</I>: Anti-Semitism at the Reed SeaOne 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.
<I>Sh'mot</I>: Moshe's DecisionAs 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.
The Tenth of Av: While the Temple Was in FlamesThe 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.
Remembering MaalotThe young victims of Maalot must be remembered. Their deaths should serve notice that Arab terror must be defeated.
A Post-Seder ThoughtHow did the Israelites who lived in a climate of relative tolerance within Egypt suddenly become slaves to their Egyptian hosts?
Mordechai the JewThe 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.
In Their Days and Ours: The Chanukah LegacyIn 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.
Preventing TerrorGuilty as charged! The kangaroo court - the United Nations Security Council - has again spoken!
The Ramban Synagogue: Hope Amidst DespairSeven 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.
A Passover ThoughtPassover is a most appropriate time to ask how we Jews can alter the course of history.
Holding on to the GolanFour 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.
The ContributorsThe 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
The Magic of <i>Shavuot</i>, 1967On 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