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BBC Jerusalem correspondent Tom Bateman noted that “the history matters here,” in a report on the Israel Defense Forces operation in the West Bank city of Jenin last Thursday that … more
For the last 11 months, Israel has sought to signal its opposition to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine while avoiding being dragged into a war that compromises its own security and … more
Opposition to American antisemitism is remarkably situational: •By and large, right-wing antisemites face, as they should, widespread condemnation and ostracism. •Left-wing … more
Teaching young children has always been a joy for me. One of teaching’s special advantages is the clarity that emerges from conversation with people under the age of ten. A cute and oft-told … more
The end of parasha Beshalach focuses on the epic battle between our nascent nation and the marauding desert tribe of Amalek: Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. So Moses said to … more
One of the greatest gifts we have in this world is the ability to make choices in our lives. Though sometimes, we might wish we didn’t have to make those choices. Choices. Sometimes obvious, … more
Aheteronym in the Torah appears in three contexts which have too many parallels to be ignored. The prophetess Miriam (M-R-Y-M) appears on the scene to sing about the splitting of the sea, and then we … more
For the first time since their departure from Egypt, the Israelites do something together. They sing. “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel.” R. Nehemiah in the Talmud Sotah … more
Recent days have seen rapid-fire reports of dramatic military operations throughout the Middle East. All the reports have two things in common: The targets are Iranian, and they are attributed to … more
Winemakers often say simply, “It started as a hobby.” What started as a hobby turned into a passion for many who live in the hills of Samaria or Binyamin, where the weather, soil and … more
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