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Shalom Pollack

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Lessons from the Exodus for Israel's government

Not surprisingly, it is those who most clearly represent evil that lead the charge against the Jewish people in every generation, but the Jewish people are not a one-time episode and the Torah tells us what to do.

Lessons from the Exodus for Israel's government

Being tough and being prepared: Lessons for Middle East survival

Being tough pays off in the Middle East and so does being prepared for the worst. How Israel once behaved and should again. Op-ed.

Being tough and being prepared: Lessons for Middle East survival

Are we listening now? No one listened to Noah

If we look at the prophets of Israel, we will notice an amazing fact: Generally speaking, they were dismal failures.

Are we listening now? No one listened to Noah

Righting a wrong at Yad Vashem

Perhaps if there is a new head of Yad Vashem, they will correct the historic wrong the current head refused to right. Op-ed.

Righting a wrong at Yad Vashem

"Relocation"

Once it was called "yerida", descent, and you were ashamed of it. Op-ed.

"Relocation"

Druze tradition: Always go with a winner

The Druze have mastered the art of group survival in a merciless, Muslim Middle East. They will be loyal to Israel if we seem strong. Op-ed.

Druze tradition: Always go with a winner

The majority has re-affirmed: Israel is a Jewish state

At Thursday night's 600,000 strong generation, I met the Israel I made aliyah to once again. Op-ed.

The majority has re-affirmed: Israel is a Jewish state

How can it be?

How did this tiny, persecuted dispersed people survive and come home after two thousand years? How did they survive at all? Op-ed.

How can it be?

Another day in the Jewish homeland

Another day, another terrorist murder. Today it was two sisters dead and their mother in critical condition. Who can digest it? Op-ed.

Another day in the  Jewish homeland

How is embattled, polarized Israel 4th on the happiness scale?

Israel places fourth in happiness survey? What does it mean? Op-ed.

How is embattled, polarized Israel 4th on the happiness scale?

The Israel bug

What is the common denominator between Jews from the US, Ethiopia, Russia, and Burma? And the Jews who came from so many other lands? Op-ed.

The Israel bug

One day will 13 year old Arab children not try to kill Jews?

What makes a child lie in wait for people, men, women, and children he does not know and murder them? Op-ed.

One day will 13 year old Arab children not try to kill Jews?

Civil War? Don't threaten us

Between the courts, the Disengagement and the Altalena, the Right has had many reasons to foment civil war. But it loves Israel more.Op-ed.

Civil War? Don't threaten us

Learn from the Druze and get results

How long have we been trying to have the bodies of our soldiers returned from Gaza? The Druze needed 30 hours. Op-ed.

Learn  from the Druze and get results

One law for Arabs, another for Jews

Five years for breaking into a Jewish home and attempted rape of a 10 year old in her bed. Sodom, anyone? Op-ed.

One  law for Arabs, another for Jews

That 'pintele' Yid

There is a question regarding certain Western immigrants to Israel that can have only one answer. Op-ed.

That  'pintele' Yid

They gave out candy in Shuafat

There was once another world, one that we replaced with a world in which Jews are afraid and Arabs are not. Op-ed.

They gave out candy in Shuafat

The Duma appeal rejection

Oddly, this week's Torah portion is called "Judges" and this week was a test for justice in Israel. Op-ed.

The Duma appeal rejection

Is something rotten at Yad Vashem?

Once again, Yad Vashem is embroiled in deep controversy this time regarding the choice of an anti-Zionist for a senior post. Op-ed.

Is something rotten at Yad  Vashem?

A different Israel

That is what former Likud Minister Dan Meridor thinks Ben Gvir's party will create. Op-ed.

A different Israel

Old stones

The love of the promised land and its stones, that brought their grandparents home, was not transmitted to their grandchildren. Op-ed.

Old stones

Weep for our Jewish daughters

No one imagined in their worst nightmares that benefits granted imprisoned terrorists by wardens included female soldiers..Op-ed.

Weep for our Jewish daughters

We need less police at Maoz Esther, more policing our cities

I have never met a group of young people that made a finer impression on me than those atMaoz Esther. Why did 400 policemen raid it? Op-ed.

We need less police at Maoz Esther, more policing our cities

Ukraine and the Jews

What can Israel and worldwide Jewry learn from the Ukraine crisis? Op-ed.

Ukraine and the Jews

Husseini and Yad VaShem: A response to Dr. Shmuel Katz

Dr. Katz's timely article showed he may not be aware of an event at Yad Vashem concerning a specific aspect of antisemitism.Op-ed.

Husseini and Yad VaShem: A response to Dr. Shmuel Katz

I can dream, can't I?

Jacob's dream came true, Joseph's dreams changed history, so did Herzl's, and to a certain extent, Martin Luther King's. Why not mine?

I can dream, can't I?

Yad Vashem covers up the Islamic Role in the Holocaust

Veteran tour guide Shalom Pollack refused to back down when Yad Vashem removed photo of Jerusalem Mufti meeting Hitler from its walls.Op-ed.

Yad Vashem covers up the Islamic Role in the Holocaust

The missing photo of Hitler and the Mufti of Jerusalem

When Yad Vashem exhibits were redone, a telling photo was not returned to the prominent position it had had before. Why not? Op-ed.

The missing photo of Hitler and the Mufti of Jerusalem

What is a Jew - and what is an Israeli?

There is a war being waged for the soul and Identity of this country. Op-ed.

What is a Jew - and what is an Israeli?

You will not find them in Berlin

A great man prophesied and his words came to pass. Op-ed.

You will not find them in Berlin

The last one standing - the Religious Zionist party

Everyone is angry at the National Religious Party for keeping its word and refusing to join a government with Raam. Except its voters.Op-ed.

The last one standing - the Religious Zionist party

A meeting with "hilltop youth"

Their heroes are those who faced the Romans or the British.They are as practical as Begin was when he wrote Jewish history. Op-ed.

A meeting with "hilltop youth"

My Arabic tutor

Israeli Arabs are MKs, judges,doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and to be found in every field. But don't confuse them with the facts. Op-ed.

My Arabic tutor

Baqa al Gharbiya celebrates, a Jewish family mourns

Shimon Peres' decision to reduce sentences of convicted terrorist murderers is the reason Moshe Tamam's murderer is out of prison. Op-ed.

Baqa al Gharbiya celebrates, a Jewish family mourns

The sane among us: On Ra'am joining Israel's government

What does it mean when "hilltop youth" are public enemy number one to the media, while a pro-Muslim Brotherhood Arab party is lauded? Op-ed

The sane among us: On Ra'am joining Israel's government

What would Ben Gurion and Golda Meir say to Merav Michaeli?

The Labor party has suddenly risen from barely 4 seats to 7 in the polls. Would its legendary leaders approve of how that occurred? Op-ed.

What would Ben Gurion  and Golda Meir say to Merav Michaeli?

A Russian-Israeli show host meets an Arab-Israeli academic

Alex cannot understand, for example, why Abed does not feel an obligation to join the IDF if he lives here. Op-ed.

A Russian-Israeli show host meets an Arab-Israeli academic

Headlines about IDF soldiers pack a message

When it comes to an IDF soldier, the verb in the headline tells it all. Murdered or died? The word chosen is never accidental. Op-ed.

Headlines about IDF soldiers pack a message

Budget Priorities: Terrorist Wages or Electricity Bills

Budget Priorities: Terrorist Wages or Electricity Bills

Do Tour Guides Need to be "Politically Correct" Too?

Do Tour Guides Need to be "Politically Correct" Too?

Who's Afraid of Acco?

Who's Afraid of Acco?

In Those Days, in These Times

In Those Days, in These Times

Today's Battle of Jericho

Today's Battle of Jericho

Israel 5769-2009

Israel 5769-2009

When Did It All Begin?

When Did It All Begin?

Without a Doctorate in Expertise

 Without a Doctorate in Expertise

At the Nadia Matar Trial

 At the Nadia Matar Trial

Gaza Reflections

Gaza Reflections

Miracles - A Natural Phenomenon

 Miracles - A Natural  Phenomenon