Shifra Hoffman

"Judging" G-d's Ways

Which human being has not been tried and tested?, 9/21/2015, 10:52 AM

What Does it Take to Get Them Here?

How do we get the Jews out of exile before it's too late?, 2/27/2015, 9:17 AM

The Die has been Cast

While we are fighting Hamas in the south, and Europe is turning into an anti-Semitic Eurabia, this writer sees the same thing coming in the United States. Readers are asked to give their opinion., 11/15/2012, 3:12 PM

For Elul: Israel's Most Powerful Weapon

In the month of Elul, we must remember that there is a special avenue to success open to G-d fearing Jews., 9/2/2012, 5:25 PM

And Then There Was One: Remembering Rav Meir Kahane

He had the courage to say that the Jewish people must act against the dangers and hatred surrounding them. For saying this, like prophets of old, he suffered criticism and contempt. Looking around us, his words echo as many of them come true. , 11/18/2011, 8:10 AM

Do We Really Remember the Shoah?

There is only one way to remember, says this activist writer., 1/25/2011, 11:37 PM

Wisdom is Like Rain

Media and government antagonism to Rabbi Kahane blurred his fight for Soviet Jewry and defense of elderly, helpless US Jews. Twenty years after his murder, his warnings about Arab enemies and the United States seem prophetic. A friend remembers., 10/26/2010, 11:48 AM

In Memoriam: Rabbi Meir Kahane

The author, who worked closely with Rabbi Kahane for many years, shares little known memories and insights of the dauntless, ideological MK and leader of the Kach party on the 19th anniversary of his tragic murder., 11/4/2009, 2:08 PM

A 'Purimshpiel' for Real

The Arab world has staged unparalleled theater., 3/10/2009, 11:14 PM

Wall Street or the Western Wall?

I fear for American Jews. , 5/23/2008, 1:46 AM

Israel's Image

"What will the nations say?", 2/4/2008, 8:12 PM

Israel's Fatal Attraction

The apex of masochism., 10/9/2007, 5:49 PM

Waking Up Late

The Arab-Israeli conflict is a religious war. It cannot be solved by weak and power hungry Israeli politicians whose inane solutions of concessions and appeasement are truly the core of the problem. , 1/17/2007, 11:38 AM

A Monument for Rabbi Kahane

Today, the State of Israel and the Jewish people sit on the precipice of the dangers of which Rabbi Kahane constantly warned. , 11/1/2006, 11:38 AM

Who Will Ask Forgiveness?

The spirit of Jewish camaraderie is seemingly prevalent throughout the country during the holidays. Yet, if we are to be totally honest, then we must ask: Can every wrong that is done by a fellow Jew be forgiven?, 9/28/2006, 12:47 PM

The Silence of the Jewish Lambs

To maintain good relations with the government of Israel, American Jews should "keep their mouths shut and their pocketbooks open.", 6/21/2006, 11:25 AM

Israel's Split Personality

If there is one repetitive expression that is consistently trotted out by Israeli leaders, both Right and Left, as justification for their often detrimental political decisions, it is the hackneyed phrase, "Israel is both a democratic and Jewish State.", 5/18/2006, 11:43 PM

The Measure of a Man

Although conventional wisdom teaches that "time heals all wounds," the pain and anguish of so great a loss continues. Indeed, it is compounded, as Rabbi Kahane's prophetic warnings concerning the rise of an Arab nationalism that threatens Israel's very survival have become stark reality., 11/18/2005, 12:47 AM

When Leaders Fail

In the aftermath of the forced expulsion of the Jews of Gaza, which was followed by the obscene burning of remaining synagogues by frenzied Arab mobs, it is instructive to note the reaction, or lack of same, by world Jewry. , 9/26/2005, 9:10 PM

Nothing Sacred?

If truth be told, the precarious situation in which Israel finds itself today is a disaster of our own making., 8/24/2005, 9:00 PM

Divesting From Disengagement

The ill-fated Oslo Accords and the subsequent so-called 'peace process' endorsed by successive Israeli governments are in direct contradiction to the Torah commandments., 7/11/2005, 9:12 PM

Lacking Wisdom

It is quite amazing (but not amusing) to witness the sudden chameleon-like change occurring in politicians such as former (and once-again wanna-be) Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu...sensing a shift in the wind as new polls show a marked decrease in public support for the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif)..., 6/7/2005, 11:10 PM

In Every Generation...

This year, as Passover approaches, the atmosphere here in <I>Eretz Yisrael</I> is decidedly different from previous pre-holiday times I remember. , 4/18/2005, 7:35 PM

Purim-Shpiel 2005

For generations, Jews have marked this festive day by attending either professional or amateur productions in which reality becomes topsy-turvy, and everything is considered fair game in pursuit of mirth and levity. , 3/25/2005, 1:27 AM

Fair Weather Faith

, 3/13/2005, 6:13 PM

A Recipe for Disaster

The sage adage "many true words are spoken in jest" has long been utilized by popular comedians, as well as writers of satire, who understand that truth couched in humor can often convey a strong message to the public., 2/20/2005, 10:02 PM

Wailing at the Wall

Following the miraculous victory of the Six Day War, which, with G-d's help, liberated Judaism's sacred Jewish shrine, I naively believed Jews in the reborn State of Israel would no longer have to shed bitter tears because of a threat to our existence by internal enemies., 1/12/2005, 9:37 PM

Defying G-d

This unidentified illness is often accompanied by symptoms of extreme headache and nausea, particularly when Israel's re-hashed politicians appear on the screen to present their 'new' images, with which they hope to influence potential voters to elect them as 'leaders' of the Jewish State. , 12/6/2004, 5:26 PM

Laws and Outlaws

The heart of the problem confronting Israelis is not whether the Sharon government or any other government has the right to decide what is best for its citizens by imposing their will on the people of Israel. The true core of the conflict lies in the long-festering, unresolved issue of which law, Torah or secular, should govern a Jewish State., 10/28/2004, 11:20 PM

The Humiliation of the Jewish People

Oh, fear and trepidation! The Great White Father in the White House has spoken! , 9/27/2004, 10:05 PM

Is Everybody Happy?

Pinching myself to make certain I was not reading an article from <I>Mad</I> magazine, whose format lampoons reality with their own brand of fiction, I asked myself if the respondents to this poll and I are living in the same State of Israel., 8/9/2004, 8:30 PM

Ode to a Jewish "Settler"

After all, was not that the <I>raison d'etre</I> for the creation of the Jewish State? , 7/29/2004, 10:39 PM

What We Become

With every passing day, the image of Jews as G-d's chosen people and <I>Eretz Yisrael</I> as the chosen land - which He, the Creator of the world, deeded to us in perpetuity - is becoming a source of mockery in the eyes of Israel's manifold enemies. , 6/28/2004, 9:02 PM

Where There Is No Vision

" Men should build monuments to their heroes out of bricks so that they can later be dismantled and thrown at them." , 5/3/2004, 6:16 PM

Are Jews Really Smart?

Among the kinder stereotypical descriptions with which the Jewish people have come to be identified is the myth that "Jews are smarter than others". Although this characterization has proven to be true in various fields of endeavor where, despite being a minority among minorities, Jews have excelled in academia, finance, the arts and science, there is one major aspect in which we have consistently, 3/22/2004, 10:07 PM

The War Against G-d in Israel

"And you shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land... but you have not obeyed My voice." (Judges 2) , 2/12/2004, 12:02 PM

The Kahane Legacy

As one who had the great merit to work closely for more than two decades with this great, self-sacrificing Jewish leader, both in the United States and in Israel, I feel impelled, at this time of his l3th <i>yahrzeit</i>, to relate a few little known insights about the ?man behind the headlines?., 11/12/2003, 4:36 PM

?And for the Sin of....?

Living here in <i>Eretz Yisrael</i>, in the Jewish State, for which so much blood has been shed (most recently, that of a 7-month old baby, Shaked Avraham , who was brutally murdered together with a friend of her family, Eyal Yeberbaum, as they were celebrating Rosh Hashanah in a caravan near Hebron), I pondered the fact that there are no ?prayers for forgiveness? for successive Israeli government, 10/3/2003, 11:31 AM

A Policy of Dishonesty

Needless to say, not one of these learned ?legends in their own minds? can explain why the terror against Jews preceded the establishment of the State of Israel. In l929 and l933, the Arabs of Hebron rose up with the same cry they utter today - <i>Itbach el-Yehud</i> (kill the Jew) - slaughtering scores of innocent men, women and children, many of whom had befriended them. , 7/30/2003, 8:59 PM

Illusions and Delusions

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! I think I have found the answer to the troubling questions on the mind of most Jews today, regarding the perceived irrational policies of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the Israeli government. , 7/7/2003, 8:59 PM

Searching for Answers

Seemingly, every effort to solve and put an end to these critical problems has been unsuccessful. Despite a myriad of valiant operations by the Israel Defense Forces to thwart terrorist attacks, Arab terrorist carnage against Israelis continues without abating. In a desperate search to find answers to the plague of ongoing Arab terror, Israeli military and academic ?experts? are interviewed <i>ad , 6/8/2003, 6:15 PM