Shelomo Alfassa

Sephardim and Modern Spaniards

Many Jews converted to Christianity under threat., 12/7/2008, 10:13 PM

Champion of Zion

Hakham Mordechai Eliyahu is a voice of reason., 6/18/2008, 11:57 PM

Nazi Hatred Survives in the Arab World

The Nazi influence in Arab reaction to Israel., 3/4/2007, 10:27 PM

Jews at Risk as Turkey Goes Radical

The Turkish Muslims, long known for their hospitality and peacefulness towards the Jewish people, are quickly being radicalized by the introduction of Nazi-inspired Arab zealotry against the Jews. , 10/10/2006, 11:52 AM

Andalusi - What's In a Name?

"Emir Andalusi" translates from the Arabic as "Prince of Andalus". It was not his real name, which was Assem Hammoud, but his pseudonym told something of his outlook on the world. It was a window into his political agenda. , 7/10/2006, 1:01 AM

A Sephardic Perspective on Hevron<br>Part II

Prior to 1929, Hevron possessed four Sephardic Talmud-Torahs. There were three mutual-aid societies and a free dispensary for medications. During the period of British occupation of Palestine, the British expropriated Beit Romano and used it as a police station; after the 1929 riots, the Jewish survivors were brought there., 1/29/2006, 11:17 PM

A Sephardic Perspective on Hevron<br>Part I

The most notable influx of Jews into Hevron and Jerusalem came in 1517, after the Ottoman Turks had taken control of the land of Israel. With this change in administration came an influx of Iberian Jews from Salonika to Jerusalem and the surrounding cities. These were Jews who had been forced out of Spain in 1492, only 25 years earlier, 1/24/2006, 11:02 PM

Revisionism is Growing

Radicals like Mahmoud throughout the Islamic world have been calling for war against the Jews for decades. The Palestinian National Covenant, the "constitution" of the Palestinians, has long called for the "elimination of Zionism in Palestine." In addition, Hamas' constitution declares, "Israel will exist until Islam will obliterate it.", 12/23/2005, 2:10 PM

Is Uncle Sam Confused?

"Now is the time to put your unique language skills to the test as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Your command of the Arabic language will be invaluable among the elite few - where you'll play a pivotal role in communicating with people from Arabic-speaking countries.", 10/26/2005, 10:36 PM

Disarming and Converting Israelis

Recently, the media has reported that Gush Katif activists have warned that organizations desiring to help expelled former residents of Gush Katif and northern Samaria may have an ulterior, missionary motive. Nothing could be more true., 9/21/2005, 5:56 PM

Rabbi Kahane, Vindicated

No matter what you think of him, whether you hate him or love him, the name Meir Kahane is a name that will forever be engrained in the history of the Jewish people. But just this past week, fifteen years after his murder, he was vindicated on the world stage via American national television., 8/29/2005, 10:04 PM

Sharon Has Isabella Syndrome

This month, 513 years since the Expulsion from Spain, Jews are once again faced with being forced from their homes, primarily because of non-Jewish pressure. What makes it unique this time is that pressure is also coming from within the Jewish community., 7/14/2005, 8:03 PM

Mr. President, Please Call Tehran

Numerous articles in the world media have said Israel is preparing to make preemptive strikes against Tehran to destroy their nuclear reactors, but if they do, what will be the fate of the 30,000 Jew who live in Iran?, 4/20/2005, 11:57 PM

Get Prepared for a Media Blackout

[W]ithout doubt, the government will block the phone networks. A similar tactic was employed March 10, 1951 in Iraq, when the Iraqi Arabs needed to control the flow of information among the 120,000 Jews in Iraq, prior to their expulsion., 4/3/2005, 1:34 PM

From Babylonia to Barcelona

People in the Jewish world often argue about who is "Sephardic". But what many people forget is that the Jews of both Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and the Mizrahi lands such as Babylonia developed, and still share, common religious and cultural bonds., 3/11/2005, 9:21 AM

The Vatican and Its Friends

The Pave the Way Foundation, which organized the meeting in Rome, said, "We have traveled here with the blessings of millions of our faith in order to thank you." Well, with all due respect to that group, I doubt millions of Jews were sending blessings to Vatican City., 2/24/2005, 11:27 PM

Palestine: It is Already Here

We all know there is no Palestinian people nor entity of Palestine - or do we? , 1/27/2004, 6:46 PM

American Media Blackout of the Rally

For Americans, both Jew and Gentile, it is simply impossible to figure out what is going on in Israel. There is a clear and defined media blackout, a silence of the popular outcry of the people who are standing up and saying, ?No, we will not give land to terrorists.? We can watch the news in America, but we won?t see the daily events unfolding in the holy land. An outrageous example of this occur, 1/13/2004, 6:56 PM

A Few Bad Apples

We are talking about people who put themselves on the line every day in the ongoing war against the terrorists. They are a brave and courageous force, made up of paid and volunteer professionals, who have the same fears and aspirations as all Israelis. However, as we know, the old phrase "a few bad apples can spoil the bunch" can be a realized even in such a professional force., 9/15/2003, 7:09 PM

An Open Letter to Minister Poraz

I read with horror and disgust that you stated that Reform and Conservative conversions should take place in Israel. Mr. Poraz, like Tommy Lapid and other members of the anti-religious parties, you have no idea or generally seem to not care, of the conversion crisis in North America, which is having a direct impact on the Jewishness of the State of Israel. , 7/3/2003, 11:20 PM

On the Death of a Righteous Muslim

This past <i>Shabbat Shavout</i>, Selahattin Ulkumen, a Muslim gentleman and true <i>hasid umot ha'olam</I> - righteous gentile who was pious among the nations - died in Istanbul. Ulkumen was a Turkish diplomat who saved more than 200 Jewish souls from being murdered at Auschwitz near the end of WWII. Born in 1911 on the Turkish mainland, by the age of 30, Ulkumen would become Turkish Consul at Rh, 6/10/2003, 8:03 PM