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The Rebbe's Prophecy About Israel

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 2:58 PM

In September, 1993, the Oxford University L'Chaim Society, which I founded, was advancing. The organization we had started just a few years earlier had rapidly grown to be the second largest student society in Oxford's history. Our presidents were Cory Booker, later to be a United States Senator, and Toba...

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Obama: See No Evil, Hear No Evil

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Elie Wiesel is one of my greatest heroes and I've been lucky to have a warm friendship with him. I would rarely consider disagreeing with such a global moral giant and one of the foremost Jewish personalities of modern times who has had such a profound impact on my life....

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Who's Afraid of Hamas?

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:44 AM

My children spent the day on the Gaza Border giving out popsicles to the soldiers going into battle. Of course, to cover all the religious bases, and because we are a Chabad family, they also put on tefillin with the soldiers.

This was their idea completely. They rented a car,...

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Allison Benedikt's Mean-Spirited and Shameful Column

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 11:19 PM

We Jews know what a blood libel is. It captures false accusations that Jews are culpable for deaths they did not commit or are in no way responsible for.

So how should we view Slate's publication of Allison Benedikt's piece that holds Birthright responsible for the death of heroic Israeli...

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Western Leaders Who Demand Israeli Restraint

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 9:08 PM

The greatest challenge facing Israel in its current battle against Hamas is the world's absurd moral equivalence between a righteous democracy trying to protect its citizens from indiscriminate rocket fire and a genocidal terror organization committed to murdering Jews and destroying the State of Israel.

Last...

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Israel Cannot Survive a Two-Front War

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:52 PM

By now let's state what is painfully obvious. Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 was a catastrophe. As Israel stands poised to invade Gaza for a third time since that tragic mistake, it must accept that ceding land to those hell-bent on your destruction is a guarantee that your...

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Fed Up With Dead Jews

(12) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 5:51 PM

There have been other murdered Jews at the hands of terrorists, countless in fact. Walk the streets of Jerusalem and see all the plaques on cafes', pizza shops, and street corners to Jews murdered by Palestinian terrorists.

But something changed with the murder of these three innocent teens. It...

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What Made the Rebbe Judaism's Greatest Contemporary Leader

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 1:58 PM

Twenty years ago this Tuesday I awoke early in Oxford because I was taking a non-Jewish student President of our L'Chaim Society named Cory Booker to Israel for the first time. I was packed and getting dressed when the phone rang. It was my father calling from Jerusalem.

"I don't...

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Obama Fiddles While the World Burns

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Under President Obama the world's becoming unstuck. Iraq is being overrun by Islamist terrorists and the United States is now evacuating its Baghdad embassy. The Arab spring has led to either civil war and mass slaughter, like Syria, or new Arab dictators, like Egypt. Libya is degenerating into a den...

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What Women Really Want

(9) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 10:52 AM

When men complain that their wives don't respond to their amorous advances, chances are they are approaching them as husbands rather than as admirers. They make the mistake of thinking that a wife wants primarily to be loved, when in fact she principally wants to be desired, not just loved...

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President Kagame of Rwanda and His Enemies

(6) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 8:33 AM

Wow. That was quick.

No sooner had I returned from the twentieth anniversary commemorations of the Rwandan genocide in Kigali than I saw Howard French's assault on the man universally credited with stopping the mass killings, President Paul Kagame. I would have welcomed discussing French's allegations against Kagame directly but...

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Rwanda Demands a Muscular Morality

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 10:08 AM

Kigali, Rwanda -- This past week saw the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Rwandan genocide that took the lives of nearly one million Tutsis between April and June, 1994. This mass slaughter of men, women, and children was the fastest killing spree in world history, with 10,000 murders...

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Why Pollard and Rubashkin Are Rotting in Jail

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 11:38 AM

The Jerusalem Post reported that the Obama administration is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard in an effort to save the Israeli-Arab peace talks. But why has the Jewish community left this man to languish in jail for nearly three decades when similar spying offenses carried sentences that were four to seven...

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Will God Visit Another Flood on Humanity?

(13) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 4:07 PM

The movie Noah is generating global controversy even before its release. Bill Maher set the blogosphere alight when he ranted that the movie was "about a psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it, and his name is God. What kind of tyrant punishes everyone just to get back at...

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The Power of Visual Media

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 4:27 PM

The Midrash teaches "eino domeh shmiah l'reiyah," that hearing about something is incomparable to seeing it. No matter how clearly or vividly something is explained, no description of an event or phenomenon can ever match firsthand experience. Today, we might use the expression "seeing is believing."

The power of witnessing...

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Arguing With God at Auschwitz

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 6:10 PM

I traveled straight from Davos for the historic visit of the Knesset and some distinguished American legislators to Auschwitz, impressively organized by 'From the Depths.'

I saw my friend, who also traveled from Davos, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walking out the Crematoria, visibly shaken. "This place is evil. There...

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Davos and the Hatred of Evil

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:13 AM

At Davos, where I attended and spoke last week, there was endless talk of a deal between Israel and the Palestinians. According to Martin Indyk, the American special envoy whose panel I attended on Friday, the deal would look like this. Israel gives up the West Bank and returns to...

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Bar Mitzva in Judea and Samaria

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 6:03 AM

We've decided to dedicate the bar mitzva of our second son to life in the communities of Judea and Samaria, with guests and family from Hebron, Itamar, Eli, Gush Etzion, Har Bracha. I have led a number of unforgettable Taglit-Birthright trips. They were inspirational, fun and historically comprehensive, except for...

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Why Hillel Is Failing in the Fight for Israel on Campus

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 6:05 PM

Perhaps it's only fitting that we should end 2013 with the dumbest Jewish debate of the year, namely whether Swarthmore College's Hillel should be allowed to have an open policy of bringing anti-Zionists and other Israel haters to lecture under its banner.

Firstly, Swarthmore Hillel's announcement of their...

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Mandela and Me

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 11:00 AM

The title to this column is deliberately misleading. There never was a Mandela and me.

I never met the great African leader. I never saw him face-to-face. Never peered into his eyes. Never heard his gentle, welcoming voice through anything but the media.

And yet, I felt a...

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