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On Feb. 12, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) published a blacklist of more than 112 companies operating in Judea and Samaria, which the UN calls “occupied territories.” … more
The United Nations Human Rights Council’s release of its blacklist of companies with ties to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria is a reminder of Israel’s vulnerability and the … more
A couple of friends joined me on Oscar night for ice cream and snacks in front of the TV. As brief Oscar acceptance speeches wore on, along came the “craziest” acceptance speech of … more
In one of his anti-Jewish tracts, Martin Luther, founder of the Protestant faith in Germany, wrote, “Here in Wittenberg, in our parish church, there is a sow carved into the stone under … more
When Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas spoke before the UN Security Council last week to denounce President Donald Trump’s peace plan, he brought with him a peculiar prop: a … more
After nearly 50 mitzvot are described and demonstrated in Parshat Mishpatim, mostly related to damages and other person-to-person circumstances, the laws enter the realm of the holidays as we are … more
In the summer of 1935, even after two years, they still didn’t get it. Germany had begun to gear up for the 1936 Olympics and Goebbels, the Nazi minister of propaganda, had made it his … more
This week’s column is a tribute to our dear neighbor Mordechai Weinberger, zt”l, who passed away last last week. His legacy will surely live on in the Torah teachings of his gifted … more
Two words we read towards the end of our parsha, Mishpatim, — na’aseh ve-nishma, “We will do and we will hear” — are among the most famous in Judaism. They are what … more
A standard question to ask an eight-year-old used to be, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Every child had an answer, which ranged from “fireman” to … more
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