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This week’s haftarah portion contains two of the most celebrated pasukim of Sefer Hosea: “And I will betroth (v’arastich) you to Me forever, and I will betroth you to Me with … more
As we begin the fourth book of the Torah, we embark on a journey, along with the Israelites who are leaving Sinai after having been there for 11 months. Not only does the focus of the … more
By any standards, it was an extraordinary week for U.S.-Israel relations—and that was before President Donald Trump even arrived in Israel for his official visit. It began with what sounded … more
This week not only marks the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, Yom Yerushalayim, but, the next day, the 29th of Iyar, marked the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Hebron, site … more
By any standards, it was an extraordinary week for U.S.-Israel relations—and that was before President Donald Trump even arrived in Israel for his official visit. It began with what sounded … more
When President Trump fired FBI director James Comey last week it was one of the most ineptly handled major announcement by a president in recent history. The way the firing was announced was nothing … more
One of the first acts of the Nazis after they came to power in Germany in 1933 … more
A few weeks back, as I was reading an op-ed in the New York Times, my temperature began to rise. Here is the opening sentence: “Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have … more
Parshat Behar begins with the following two pasukim: “And the L-rd spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel and you shall say to them: When you come to the … more
In the Torah, there are a number of times when G-d uses the word v’natati (and I will place or give) to indicate what He will give to the Bnei Yisrael. Sometimes it is good, and in the cases in … more
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