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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Editorials

A Timely Look at Masorah

The second night of Pesach we started Sefirat HaOmer, each evening counting the 49 days between Pesach and Shavuot. We all know that during the first 32 days of the counting of the Omer we hold by certain restrictions to reflect our sadness for the deaths of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students.

Lag B’Omer,

A Folded Flag, Memories and Memorial Day

In the spring of 2004, a color guard honored Sam Cohen, my deceased father-in-law, with a somber, dignified salute.

Sgt. Samuel Cohen served in a medical capacity in France, landing there in the days following Normandy.

He and his one and only, Shirley, my

Punditry and the Israeli Leadership ‘Earthquake’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government finds itself in a political arena that is being watched across the world by both friend and foe.

His foes would probably like to see a Netanyahu-led coalition fall after his decision to replace veteran soldier and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon

J Street Is Getting It Wrong

Once again, J Street is getting it wrong.

The group, according to the website Politico, is circulating a memo among members of the Democratic Party’s drafting committee calling for a “balanced position” that includes recognizing Palestinian claims to Eastern Jerusalem.

From the Peace of Shavuot to a Violent Reality

We entered Shavuot with the fresh pain of the June 8th killing of four Israelis by two Palestinian terrorists at the Max Brenner Café at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market complex, only to emerge from Matan Torah to find our entire country suffering after an unthinkable early Sunday morning massacre in Orlando, Florida. There, at Pulse,

Candidates Do Not Exist in an AIPAC Vacuum

The presidential candidates were on their game and said the right words. But though we may wish them to, candidates don’t exist in an AIPAC vacuum, and few of us are one-issue voters anyway.

Many of us have a history with these candidates going back decades.

The

Candidates Do Not Exist in an AIPAC Vacuum

The presidential candidates were on their game and said the right words. But though we may wish them to, candidates don’t exist in an AIPAC vacuum, and few of us are one-issue voters anyway.

Many of us have a history with these candidates going back decades.

The

Our Disposition During the Coming Days

It used to be that on Shabbat morning during the spring and summer I’d bring the local newspaper inside my house because I wanted to see the baseball scores from the previous night’s action. If my team wins, my day is already better. If my team loses, it changes my day.

I know, I know. Shabbat is

Why I Make Project Ezrah Part of My Purim Day

When I was a child, I would hop out of the car with one of my mother’s brightly colored Purim baskets and run up to the houses of our family friends. It was always fun to ring a doorbell and bestow this special, joyful gift. Perhaps my costume was admired, or maybe I was patted on the head, but more than likely I was greeted with

Wiesel Knew His Torah and Israel’s History

In a week of pain and sorrow, the Jewish people lost Hallel Ariel, a 13-year-old girl who was killed as she innocently slept in her Kiryat Arba home last Thursday.

Rabbi Miki Mark, a father of 10, was killed in a drive-by shooting near Hebron the following day.

Then

Showing Our Respect for the U.S.-Israel Relationship

Several years ago, the lower level of the Walter Washington Convention Center in our nation’s capital displayed, in vivid props and models, the process and timetable Iran was using in its quest to formulate military grade nuclear capabilities.

The display was daunting and perhaps prophetic. The

IN MEMORIAM