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Eight Jewish organizations this week signed a statement accusing Israel of, in effect, racism. Seven of them were left-wing groups whose harsh criticism of Israel is old news. But one was the … more
The Egyptian government recently passed a new law against spreading “rumors.” By “rumors,” President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi means anything that might undermine confidence in … more
Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager who beat up IDF soldiers on camera, was released from Israeli prison after eight months. She thrives on attention. She has verbalized her support for … more
When Rosh Hashanah comes so close to Labor Day, I find it hard to get into the mindset of brisket and chicken soup. I just don’t want summer to end, and I certainly don’t want to eat … more
In this week’s parsha, Ki Tetze, the last two verses of Chapter 21 seem to describe a clear case. The corpse of a person executed by the court is to be hanged from a tree for a short period of … more
It was the height of the intifada, and we were in the midst of a month’s reserve duty. Deep in the heart of Hebron was an Israeli lookout position, meant to spot trouble on the road below and … more
With the onset of Elul, the prelude to the upcoming High Holiday season, it is my sacred honor to bring to your attention the publication of a new English translation and commentary of Rabbeinu … more
In an eloquent and scholarly essay, “The recitation of L’Dovid Hashem during the month of Elul,” by Rabbi Moshe Walter in his latest work, “The Making of a Minhag” … more
Our parasha, Ki Tetze, begins with the following pasuk: “If you go out to war against your enemies, and the L-rd, your G-d, will deliver him into your hands, and you take his captives” … more
Americans spend about 37 billion hours a year waiting in line. Few of us enjoy the experience. What really irks us, though, is when someone tries to push ahead in line. These “cutters” … more
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