Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht

Time to Circle the Wagons

Two-faced, anti-Semitic double standards at the G8, 6/29/2009, 7:54 PM

The 13th Yahrtzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Now is time for "all hands on deck." , 6/19/2007, 12:38 PM

You Are Person of the Year

Towards the end of November 2006, I went to Israel to participate in the Orthodox Union's convention. I went with an agenda. Since the "disengagement" of the Jews from Gush Katif - Gaza (summer 2005), my conscience gives me no rest. How could such a travesty of justice and disregard of good common sense "go down on our watch"?, 1/8/2007, 9:56 AM

The Gush Katif Refugees and the Saintly <I>Arizal</I>

With the thousands of Katyusha rockets and other more advanced missiles wreaking havoc upon northern Israel, and the Kassams raining upon Israel's southern border, the question to be asked is: Why now?, 8/6/2006, 11:21 PM

The Desecration of Faith (Emunah) at Amona

Over the years, the religious sector within Israel, as well as all of Israel?s citizens, has been invigorated by the Aliyah from North America. Amongst its more famous members is the Noble Prize recipient Professor Robert Aumann, a graduate of City College and MIT. , 2/19/2006, 2:14 PM

The Know Spin Zone

Chanukah is the moment for all who believe in justice and equality to get out of the spin zone of fantasy and unrealistic expectations. , 1/1/2006, 11:36 PM

Poetic Justice

What American Jewry is in need of is a real house-cleaning, and if need be, even a unilateral disengagement from the very organizations that have betrayed our trust and that of Israel's true heroes - the residents of Gush Katif., 9/7/2005, 11:50 PM

Blinded by Self-Deception

The corpus of Jewish religious law, called the <I>Shulchan Arukh</I>, is explicit in prohibiting any action on the part of individuals or a government entity that jeopardizes security and the protection of life, called <I>pikuach nefesh</I>., 7/14/2005, 10:32 PM

The Call of Mordechai

In Israel, we readily imbibed of the holy spirit of Jerusalem and the exceptional energy of the Western Wall. We were both inspired and captivated by the spiritually vibrant faith and optimism so characteristic of the Jewish people residing in the holy city of Jerusalem., 3/6/2005, 10:00 PM

Israel: The Land That Bridges Continents

From the perspective of Jewish law and tradition, this singular event was a beautiful <I>Kiddush Hashem</I>, a sanctification of G-d's name, and a blessing for the Jewish people the world over. In fact, the Talmud (<I>Berachot</I> 58) informs us that when we witness a large crowd in the Land of Israel, we are to recite a special blessing of praise to G-d. , 7/28/2004, 4:53 PM

The World's Immoral Wall of Silence

It is not by coincidence that the International World Court is situated geographically in the northern country of the Netherlands. The world representatives coming together to condemn the Jewish people is perhaps alluded too in the book of Jeremiah (1:15-16), which was read on the very same Shabbat, only one day following the court's decision., 7/13/2004, 4:54 PM

Upon the Tenth <i>Yahrzeit</I> of the Rebbe

We need to heed the Rebbe's calls now more than ever. Namely, that the definition of "Who is a Jew" is one that is defined exclusively by Torah law, and that the wholeness and completeness of <I>Eretz Yisrael</i> is intrinsically connected to <I>pikuach nefesh</I>, the saving of live. , 6/21/2004, 2:57 PM