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At least since the sixteenth century, Purim celebrations have included costumes and masquerade parties. Various explanations have been given. The Purim story is replete with surprises. Things … more
Translated, mishloach manot means “sending of portions.” So, on Purim, we send delicious foods to our friends and family. We have a long, ingrained and biblical tradition of providing … more
In recent weeks, the Israeli media has covered at length the rapidly deteriorating economic situation in Gaza and the concerns that an economic collapse could lead to a humanitarian crisis or to … more
Flush from his victory over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the French elections last July, President Emmanuel Macron decided to address head on the horrific murder of a Jewish pensioner in … more
Whenever Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu uses props for his speeches, his critics pounce. That’s why some of his usual detractors, both at home and abroad, could barely contain their contempt … more
The final five pasukim of Parashat Tetzaveh focus our attention on the underlying purpose of the Ohel Moed: “… at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting before the … more
By the time you read this, the 2018 Winter Olympics will be coming to an end. Each time the Olympics come around, I marvel at all of the time and determination … more
Appearing at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was questioned by an Israeli journalist who told of his mother’s narrow escape from the … more
Anyone acquainted with the Torah reading we hear each Rosh Chodesh will find themselves in familiar territory as we read in this week’s parsha Tetzaveh (29:38-46) of the daily tamid offerings … more
It was known as shavua Tirgolot, the week of training drills. It sounded pretty innocuous, but as it turned out, it was a week of hell. The IDF prides itself on being prepared for any eventuality, … more
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