Yom Kippur: Bridging the gap in a WWI POW campGerman and Russian Jews praying together? It could never work.
For Jerusalem Day: Standing with ZionOn Jerusalem, the views and interests of some of American Jewry are increasingly out of touch with Israeli opinion.
Jews against their ownWhy do more and more American Jews who know better, join the far left Israel-bashers?
Dayeinu: It would have been enough!A bittersweet takeoff on the Dayeinu song sung at the Seder. Dayeinu means "it would have been enough!"
The UN should read the MegillahThe UN and UNHRC do not have the Megillah on their agenda, but perhaps they should.
Yom Kippur in WWI: The Baal NeilahSoldiers who knew that any second their lives or their loved ones' lives could be ended.
Needed: A Guide to the Perplexed for the Iran NegotiationsIf 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?
The Expulsion of Jews from Lithuania and Courland 1915: A Century AgoWhile 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.
Pesach in Jerusalem 1920: Tragedy and ChallengeBritish anti-Semitism has a long and horrible history.
November 2, 1917: The Balfour DeclarationThe general perception at the time was that the deliverance of the Jews was forthcoming, thanks to the declaration of the British government.
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.
My Fellow US Jews, We Are All Ambassador Tzvi MazelMazel registered his protest in a way that everyone noticed. Facing the Klinghoffer travesty, so should we.
Tisha B’Av and the First World WarTisha B'Av marks many tragedies that befell the Jewish people.
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.
International Pressure on JerusalemNow, as then, we do not have to listen to the voices that wish to divide our Holy City
A Rosh Hashannah Message From the PresidentThe following is a satirical take on the President’s Foreign Policy.
Kit Tavo: Gratitude to G-d, Despite SufferingAssimilated German Jews could not fathom the joy of observant Polish Jews despite the suffering of WWI.
Tu B'Av. A Golden OpportunityThis biblical tale has many messages that are appropriate for today.
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.
Israel Day Parade Organizers: Don't Drop the Baton!Do you know what kind of NGO's the NIF supports? Why are they allowed to join the Israel Day Parade? What are the criteria vis a vis Israel?
Salute to Israel Parade Organizers: Say NO to BDSThe only suitable designated spot for those who give support to Israel’s detractors should be next to the likes of the Neturei Karta and others who publicly oppose the Jewish State.
Mishpatim: Reaching the SummitWhy the special emphasis that only Moshe reached the heights of Mount Sinai?
Obama's Egyptian FiascoMubarak kept the Muslim Brotherhood at bay. That was more important for the world than lauding the"democratic" revolution in Tahrir Square, which anyone who understands the area realized would soon give way to Islamic dominance. And it has.
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.
For Armistice Day: The Aftermath of WWI and the JewsArmistice Day was celebrated but the war and the era following the First World War were ominous for Jewry.
A Night of Reckoning in Kovno, Lithuania, 1917The courage of a rabbi before Rosh Hashana brought about unity in spirit not only in suffering.
1917: British Jews and ZionismThe Balfour Declaration was watered down, due to Jewish anti-Zionists, but almost all British Jews supported Jewish statehood. The public war of ideas and words is important to recall on the eve of Independence Day.
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.
It's Canada AgainMany countries, not all of them Israel's supporters, helped Israel combat the tragic forest fire it faced this past week. Canada, in contrast, is Israel's true friend all year round, in no small measure due to its PM Stephen Harper.
Tower of Babel: RebellionA rebellion can be against a regime, but it can also be against G-d.
The Rise of Tyranny--Again?A run through of what led to World War II, with VE Day coming up. It is chillingly similar to the pressures facing Israel today. The flotilla had Nazi flags.
June 5-11, 1967--Lest We ForgetOn June 5th, the eve of the 1967 War, Israel stood alone.
Jerusalem: Past, Present, FutureFor Jerusalem Day: A review of the last century and a half of Zionism, leading to the unification of Jerusalem.
The Jewish Legion and PassoverThe celebrations of the holidays of Passover for the Jewish Legion in 1918, was marked by hopeful anticipation, in 1919, disappointment, and in 1920, tragedy.
Purim in Gora 1917In the midst of the Jewish suffering in Galicia in World War I, there was a miraculous event that seemed as if the Purim story was happening again. This is the translation of a story by Shalom Ansky, author of the Dybbuk.
One JerusalemWhen Jerusalem is at stake, every Jew must make his voice heard. A call for action.
To Jewish Obama SupportersAre you happy now?
In Praise of ObstinacyAt times, there is no choice but to stand firm.
Remembering EntebbeHeroic actions spoke on that triumphant day.
George W. Bush: A FriendThe leader of the free world steps down.
Queen ShlomtzionShe helped keep the flame of Torah alive.
True Jewish LeadershipLearning from Hillel and the Sanhedrin.
A Cantonist's Prayer on Yom KippurThe heartfelt words of a true hero.
The Fifth of Tammuz: Remembering the VictimsThe year 1768 was a disastrous year for the Jews.
The Reunification of the City of UnityThere is a recurring theme related to Jerusalem.
A Call to ActionKhatami and Ahmadinejad are two sides of the coin.
Passover: Getting the Message AcrossEven when it seems like no one is listening.
March 1881 to March 2007: The Writing on the WallOn March 1, 1881, one event had a profound impact.
The Miracle of PurimThe importance of remembering King Achashverosh.
<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.
Israel Activism in Our TimesIsrael and world Jewry needs an ample infusion of Jewish activism to cope with the coming challenges.
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."
Remember the Twentieth of SivanThe twentieth of Sivan has been designated by sages in two different eras to be a day of fasting and commemoration.
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.