Larry Domnitch

One century ago this week, a catastrophe struck Jewry

The pogrom soon began. Hordes of Cossacks divided into smaller groups and began attacks against Jews in the streets and in their homes. Entire families were slain., 2/12/2019, 8:39 AM

Building for Jews in Hevron is not just a matter of living space

The aftermath of the 1929 massacre and resulting forced evacuation are a part of the history of every Jewish home in the City of the Patriarchs., 1/24/2019, 8:01 AM

Armistice Day and Jewry: The Centennial

The sacrifices and loyalty displayed by European Jewry to their respective nations was to little avail at the end of WWI. As defeated empires like Austria-Hungary fell and nations rose in their stead, anti-Semitism increased., 11/10/2018, 8:29 PM

Simchat Torah in Soviet Russia 1928

Two men stood up to the Communist Regime of the USSR and danced with the Torah., 9/30/2018, 11:06 AM

Netiv Ha'avot: November 29, 2017

It is one thing to hear of the uprooting of a Jewish home or building, it is another to see it up close. In Israel., 11/30/2017, 5:23 PM

Reflections on the Balfour Declaration

WWI was devastating for European Jews and not much better world Jewry. The Balfour Declaration seemed like a dream., 11/2/2017, 11:57 PM

Sukkot: United and  Unique

Every Jew is a recipient of the miracles connected to Sukkot., 10/9/2017, 8:11 PM

To bigotry no sanction

George Washington wrote these words to the Jews and it is time to apply them., 6/13/2017, 2:30 PM

Passover, then and now

Did they leave or were they taken out?, 4/10/2017, 11:44 AM

Purim Shpiel: The Reawakening

It is the custom to do satire on Purim, but it wouldn't be so bad if this really happened., 3/11/2017, 6:59 PM

Marking the Centennial: The Russian Revolution and the Jews

The March revolution in Russia raised Jewish hopes, soon dashed by the one that followed., 3/4/2017, 11:05 PM

Speak out now!

Raise the banner of Zion when so many are trying to tear it down!, 1/11/2017, 6:35 AM

Yom Kippur: Bridging the gap in a WWI POW camp

German and Russian Jews praying together? It could never work., 10/10/2016, 10:33 PM

For Jerusalem Day: Standing with Zion

On Jerusalem, the views and interests of some of American Jewry are increasingly out of touch with Israeli opinion., 6/4/2016, 8:57 PM

Jews against their own

Why do more and more American Jews who know better, join the far left Israel-bashers?, 5/16/2016, 1:32 PM

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

A Rosh Hashannah Message From the President

The following is a satirical take on the President’s Foreign Policy., 9/12/2012, 9:12 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

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?, 5/24/2012, 3:18 PM

Salute to Israel Parade Organizers: Say NO to BDS

The 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., 4/9/2012, 10:30 PM

Mishpatim: Reaching the Summit

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

Obama's Egyptian Fiasco

Mubarak 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., 2/7/2012, 8:03 AM

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

For Armistice Day: The Aftermath of WWI and the Jews

Armistice Day was celebrated but the war and the era following the First World War were ominous for Jewry. , 11/10/2011, 10:46 AM

A Night of Reckoning in Kovno, Lithuania, 1917

The courage of a rabbi before Rosh Hashana brought about unity in spirit not only in suffering., 9/27/2011, 12:20 PM

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

1917: British Jews and Zionism

The 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., 5/8/2011, 9:58 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

It's Canada Again

Many 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. , 12/6/2010, 11:59 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

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., 6/30/2010, 8:51 AM

June 5-11, 1967--Lest We Forget

On June 5th, the eve of the 1967 War, Israel stood alone. , 6/6/2010, 10:47 PM

Jerusalem: Past, Present, Future

For Jerusalem Day: A review of the last century and a half of Zionism, leading to the unification of Jerusalem. , 5/10/2010, 10:12 PM

The Jewish Legion and Passover

The celebrations of the holidays of Passover for the Jewish Legion in 1918, was marked by hopeful anticipation, in 1919, disappointment, and in 1920, tragedy. , 3/28/2010, 5:58 PM

Purim in Gora 1917

In 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., 2/25/2010, 8:40 PM

One Jerusalem

When Jerusalem is at stake, every Jew must make his voice heard. A call for action., 12/6/2009, 12:19 AM

To Jewish Obama Supporters

Are you happy now?, 9/23/2009, 11:02 PM

In Praise of Obstinacy

At times, there is no choice but to stand firm., 9/11/2009, 12:47 AM