Monthly Archives: January 2011

Confusing Means and Goals

June 16, 2009 It is occasionally said that keeping the Sabbath is a good way to strengthen family unity and closeness. Since parents and children are together for a day without the usual weekly distractions, they are forced to spend … Continue reading

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The Jewish Idea

October 27, 2009 Most people are barely cognizant of the fact that many of their actions are a result of ideas that have seeped into the collective mindset of their community or society. A simple and clear example of this … Continue reading

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Refusing Orders and Democracy

November 25, 2009 Following the recent incidents of soldiers stating their refusal to evacuate Jews from their homes and the subsequent punishment that some of the soldiers received, calls have been heard to both punish the rabbis responsible for encouraging … Continue reading

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The Jewish Response to Anti-Semitism

December 2, 2009 It is safe to assume that the recent ‘kick a Jew day’ in a Florida school elicited the usual response from Jewish leaders and organizations – shock, dismay, anger, and of course the demand for apologies. This … Continue reading

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The Aliyah Mindset

December 30, 2009 Following the recent article Why Make Aliyah?, an article that presented a short list of positive reasons for a Jew to consider building a life in Israel, I was asked by several people to relate to some … Continue reading

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Why Make Aliyah?

December 16, 2009 Roughly fifteen years ago I made a personal decision to leave the comfortable lifestyle and familiar surroundings of America in order to settle down and build my life in Israel. As important as this decision was, it … Continue reading

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Who are the majority of Israelis?

June 13, 2006 There is a widespread belief amongst the members of Israel’s national religious community that the Israeli government represents the majority of Israeli Jews. This way of thinking is so prevalent that it affects both laymen and rabbi … Continue reading

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Sovereignty in the State of Israel

March 8, 2009 Commenting on the role the sovereign nation state plays in the western world vis-à-vis its role in the Islamic world, Samuel P. Huntington states “The structure of political loyalty among Arabs and among Muslims generally has been … Continue reading

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The Importance of Sovereignty in Israel

March 30, 2009 Following the recent article Sovereignty in Israel, an article which suggested that Israel’s passive compliance to the demands of American leadership questions the whole notion of whether Israel actually has true political sovereignty, I was asked by … Continue reading

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When will they wake up?

March 19, 2008 Following the massacre a few weeks ago at Yeshivat Mercaz Ha-Rav, an interesting poster was plastered throughout the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem. Signed by the Council for European Jewry, it was a call to several of … Continue reading

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