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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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The Spiritual Snake Oil Salesman

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 11:37 AM

Many things may be said of Ayatollah Ali Khameini.

That he is the world's foremost terrorist is born out by the simple fact that he is the supreme head of the world's leading terror regime. For over three decades, Iran has acted as a central banker for...

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No Holds Barred: The Iranian 'Problem From Hell'

(50) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 6:18 PM

One can only hope that a moral voice like Samantha Power's will not join Kerry's misguided appeal on Iran.

No Jewish leader came out more strongly than I in support of Samantha Power's nomination as U.S. ambassador to the UN, and no one came out as early. No one paid...

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The Sad Desperation of John Kerry

(4) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 6:58 AM

Witness the transformation of John Kerry from global diplomat to global supplicant, Diplomat-in-Chief to Beggar-in-Chief.

Just a few weeks ago the new US Secretary of State bestrode the world like a colossus. The man who could not be president in 2004 got a new lease of life as second only...

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Casual Sex and the Unsatisfied Woman

(113) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 2:56 PM

"Women are less likely to have orgasms during uncommitted sexual encounters than in serious relationships." Hmm... And the pope is Catholic. And, oh yes, the world is round.


The quotation above about women and sex, from yesterday's New York Times citing a new Kinsey Institute at Indiana...

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My Family's Terror at the NJ Garden State Mall

(200) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 10:22 AM

I had just finished buying electronics at Best Buy at the Garden State Mall in New Jersey. I had our three young children with me, ages twelve, seven, and five. It was about 9:10pm. I had brought the kids with me because, due to the statewide elections the following day,...

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Apologists for Israel Hatred in the UK

(20) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 10:17 AM

The British Board of Deputies is an important and distinguished organization that is undermined by Jonathan Arkush's head-in-the-sand approach to the deluge of Israel hatred that has erupted in the UK. Arkush is hell-bent on defending Anglo-Jewry from charges of insufficient action. But in his response to me...

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The Uncomfortable Silence of British Jewry

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 9:28 AM

In what's becoming a regular and predictable occurrence, yet another leading British politician attacked Israel and the American Jewish lobby. This time it was MP and former Foreign Secretary and Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw. Speaking of Israeli "theft" of Palestinian land and "Germany's obsession with [defending] Israel," Straw lamented the...

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Jewish Leaders Who Attack the Most Devoted Jewish Communal Activists

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 9:47 AM

By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Rabbi Eric Yoffie is one of those courageous souls, prepared to throw stones while living in a glass house. Not content to criticize the Chabad movement as offering feel-good, commitment-free, money-chasing Judaism ("Reform rabbis tell me of Chabad rabbis who come into their communities and spend...

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Sheldon Adelson's 'Bomb Empty Iranian Desert' Comment

(158) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 8:42 AM

Last Tuesday I organized an event in New York City at Yeshiva University that addressed the two existential threats confronting the Jewish people worldwide: a nuclear Iran in the Middle East and assimilation in the West. The event, the full video of which is available here, was organized...

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The Real Cory Booker

(16) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 8:39 AM

I have met Steve Lonegan. He is a fellow Republican and there are obvious areas of policy agreement. But many things trump party loyalty, with friendship being foremost among them.

I have known and loved Cory Booker for 21 years. Ever since he walked into our Jewish student facility in...

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Three Ways to Save American Jewry From Extinction

(80) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 8:12 AM

By now you've heard about the Pew Research poll, published this week, that concludes that American Jewry is on its way to oblivion. No need to wait for Hassan Rouhani of Iran to drop a bomb on us. We're doing an incredibly fine job of destroying ourselves, thank you very...

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