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The namesake of our parasha is Korach. It is not surprising, therefore, that most meforshim focus the majority of their exegetical efforts on this rabble rouser and his sycophants, Datan, Aviram … more
What exactly was wrong in the message of Korach and his fellow agitators — “You have gone too far! The whole community are holy, every one of them, and the L-rd is with them. Why … more
Very often, we think that if a person is especially spiritual, he cannot possibly be very practical. It is as if religious devotion and good common sense just don’t go together. My own … more
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof followed his recent televised exchange with Bill Maher with a column meant to push back on one of the points made by the HBO show … more
For nearly a decade and a half, there has been an ongoing and grinding effort to draw attention to the gathering storm clouds on Israel’s diplomatic — and strategic — horizon. … more
Some time ago, at a Rosh Chodesh prayer service at the Kotel, things got ugly. As they had been doing for nearly 25 years, a group of women from a range of Jewish backgrounds, known as the … more
For one of the New York Times’ most devoted readers, the front-page spread published on May 28 essentially accusing Israel of murdering Palestinian children was the final straw. Former … more
When Sultan Doughan signed a hateful letter falsely claiming that Israel and Zionism were based on “Jewish Supremacy,” the ugly rhetoric wouldn’t have attracted much attention … more
The tsunami of anti-Semitism over the past few weeks is the work of an axis of anti-Jewish evil that spans continents and has the whole Jewish world in its crosshairs, the product of an alliance … more
It is a conversation I will remember forever. We were in the midst of basic tank training, enjoying a brief respite from the grueling pace of maneuvers and marches. The tanks were encamped … more
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