Amb. (ret.) Yoram Ettinger

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) guide for the perplexed, 2019

Facts and figures about the holiest day of the Jewish year., 10/8/2019, 5:18 AM

Clarifying the Palestine Saga

How 'Palestine’ is the Greek equivalent of ‘Israel'. And how the Anglo-Palestine Bank was established on February 27, 1902 as a subsidiary of the Jewish Colonial Trust, evolving into Bank Leumi., 9/7/2019, 11:35 PM

The most calamitous Jewish day

The Ninth Day of Av (August 10, 2019): Guide for the Perplexed  , 8/10/2019, 10:51 PM

The Saudi-Palestinian labyrinth

The pro-Palestinian Saudi talk has diminished, increasingly replaced by an adversarial Saudi walk., 8/1/2019, 9:03 AM

Passover and the roots of the United States

The United States is based on the liberty proclaimed in the Bible. The message of Passover/Exodus is dominated by the theme of liberty., 4/25/2019, 4:02 PM

Arbor Day (Tu Bishvat) Guide for the Perplexed, 2019

Jewish tradition stipulates a one-sentence-blessing before consuming any fruit. It also has laws for when those fruits can be eaten from a young tree and when a portion is to be donated to the Temple. Tu Bishvat is the line of demarcation for tithes., 1/21/2019, 9:06 AM

Hanukkah guide for the perplexed, 2018

A primer based on the ancient Jewish sages and historical insights., 12/4/2018, 6:52 AM

The critical November 2018 mid-term US election

After the elections, will Trump be a coattail – or an anchor chained – President?, 11/4/2018, 10:09 PM

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) guide for the perplexed, 2018

From the Zohar to Senator Byrd, facts and miscellany about Sukkot., 9/22/2018, 7:39 PM

The Ayatollahs' clear and present threat to the USA

The architects of the July 2015 Iran Deal failed to realize that peaceful-coexistence and compliance with agreements, on the one hand, and the nature of the Ayatollahs, on the other hand, constitutes a classic oxymoron., 5/8/2018, 6:21 PM

US Palestinian policy – water or gasoline?

The Israeli architects of the Oslo Accord – and their US partners – genuinely aimed at extinguishing fire, but failed to realize that their pumps were filled with gasoline, not water. A two-state solution is more of the same., 2/8/2018, 9:07 AM

Tu Bishvat Guide for the Perplexed

The state of the roots determines the future of trees and human beings.  Healthy roots facilitate the blossoming of fruit/sprouts., 1/30/2018, 7:37 PM

The Jewish-Arab demographic about-face

Ignore the Cassandras. Israel is not facing a potential Arab demographic time bomb., 11/10/2017, 7:08 AM

Wake up America, Islamic terrorism targets you!

The NYC bicycle-path-terror was consistent with the definition of terrorism - a systematic and deliberate targeting of civilians - aiming to erode the confidence of Americans in their country's homeland security forces., 11/5/2017, 7:57 AM

Yom Kippur: Guide for the perplexed 2017

Enhance and improve is a key message of Yom Kippur. A primer for those who wish to learn about the significance of the fast. , 9/29/2017, 1:31 PM

Arabs marginalize the Palestinian issue 

Arabs have never shed blood – nor have Arabs dedicated their economic power - on behalf of Palestinians., 8/6/2017, 7:25 AM

Interesting facts about the 9th of Av

A guide for the perplexed bsed on ancient Jewish sages., 7/31/2017, 12:30 PM

Hanukkah 2016 guide for the perplexed

A key motif of Hanukkah is education - the word "education"is in the root of the holiday's name. A primer to educate us all on this uplifting holiday of lights., 12/24/2016, 5:53 PM

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Guide for the Perplexed

Facts and figures on Sukkot., 10/7/2014, 6:59 AM

Rosh Hashana Guidelines

A concise 'guide to the perplexed.', 9/24/2014, 4:18 AM

Shavuot Guide for the Perplexed

A Shavuot primer from a former ambassador of Israel., 6/2/2014, 6:59 AM

Passover Guide for the Perplexed

A review of the holiday based on the writings of Jewish sages, by a former ambassador. , 4/13/2014, 2:05 AM

A Purim Guide to the Perplexed

A comprehensive guide to the holiday based on the words of the Jewish sages, including the holiday's four commandments and at the end, its lesson for today., 3/13/2014, 9:26 AM

Tu Bishvat, Guide for the Perplexed, 2014

In Israel, one can merit an ambassador who is able to write this kind of article on our Jewish heritage. , 1/16/2014, 11:11 AM

Sukkot: a Guide to the Perplexed

In Israel, a retired ambassador can write an erudite article on understanding Jewish holidays, their symbolism and observance., 9/17/2013, 5:39 AM

Rosh Hashanah Guide for the Perplexed, 2013

A guide to understanding the laws and customs of the New Year period., 9/4/2013, 3:42 PM

Purim Guide for the Perplexed 2013

Interesting facts and tid-bits for the holiday. Happy Purim!!, 2/24/2013, 2:13 AM

Hanukkah 2012: Guide for the Perplexed

Most Maccabean battles occurred in Judea and Samaria, Paul Revere was called a modern-day Maccabee and other fascinating facts and messages on the Holiday of Lights., 12/10/2012, 5:34 AM

Passover Facts and Figures

Passover holds a special place in Jewish history, world history and even American history--for many reasons. Read them below., 4/1/2010, 8:39 PM

The Iran Threat in a Nutshell

The former ambassador says it all in this short and succinct article: Take heed, world, Israel's destruction is not Iran's only goal., 3/7/2010, 7:38 AM

Peace or Appeasement?

What expectations lie behind the building freeze in Judea and Samaria? What are the actual results going to be?, 12/6/2009, 2:04 AM

Yes-- to Demographic Optimism

Demographic scare tactics are proven hollow now that population figures have been audited. A comparison of Israel's Jewish and Arab fertility rates can and should reshape Israel's state of mind and policies. , 10/23/2009, 9:10 AM

A Guide to US Pressure

US pressures, Israel constructs; and gains respect, 9/14/2009, 11:50 PM

Palestinian State: Deal-Breaker

The road to peace goes through Arab capitals., 4/21/2009, 12:55 AM

Debacle of Demographic Fatalism

Projections have crashed on the rocks of reality., 3/30/2009, 1:26 PM

Syria-Iran: A Critical Alliance

The Syria-Iran axis bolsters Bashar al-Assad., 3/16/2009, 12:10 AM

Israel and the Economic Meltdown

Israel has remained a relative island., 11/2/2008, 7:28 PM

Refugees: The Global Context

Millions have become refugees., 8/22/2008, 12:36 AM

Mainstream Tractor-Terrorism

Palestinian tractor-terrorism was expected., 7/10/2008, 1:11 AM

On Israeli Support for a Palestinian State

55% of Jews define Judea & Samaria as "liberated.", 4/22/2008, 10:33 PM

A Fumbled Opportunity

Bush's visit was based on the wrong assumptions., 1/16/2008, 7:06 PM

The Other Side of the News From Israel

Never compromise your dream., 12/20/2007, 7:16 PM

Israeli Concessions Won't Dismantle the Syria-Iran Axis

Syria's alliance with Iran has been strategic., 8/21/2007, 1:18 AM

Proposed Palestinian State: US Asset or Liability?

The PLO is a role model of international terror., 7/17/2007, 1:18 AM

'Defense Shmefense'

Fourteen years of unprecedented terrorism., 6/4/2007, 6:20 PM

The Impact of Passover on US Democracy

A global inspiration for the concept of liberty. , 4/10/2007, 11:54 PM