World

The Jerusalem of Ukraine.

Journal of a special trip by Chief Rabbi Jacobs in Ukraine – Around midnight we arrive at our first destination in Ukraine, after a journey of more than five hours in a kind of driving washing machine, along roads full of deep potholes, in a van without normal suspension, but …

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From Israel: Appalled and Grieving!

On Shabbat, in the city of Pittsburgh, as surely all of my readers know, eleven Jews – eight men and three women, but, thank Heavens, no children – were killed in what is being described as the worst antisemitic attack to ever take place in the US. The identities of …

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The Democratic Party and Jews.

The Democratic Party is sabotaging its Jewish constituency and, thereby, in some measure, punching itself in the face. It has put American Jews — who are traditionally among the most loyal Democrats  — into the position of having to choose between a political party and our own families… our own …

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Jewish Kids Need Krav Maga.

When I was a tiny, little Zionist growing up in New York and Connecticut in the 1970s and 1980s, Jewish youngsters did not learn Krav Maga. I doubt any of my friends, Jewish or otherwise, ever even heard of this martial art. We punched a nose when we had to, …

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An Irish Teacher’s Harsh Unreality.

Republished with permission of HonestReporting According to her Twitter profile, Daire Louise O’Dowd is a geography and English teacher.  Sadly, judging by her inaccurate and ill-informed mess of an article on IrishCentral, a US-based news site catering for the global Irish diaspora community, she should certainly not be educating anyone about the …

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The Labour Betrayal .

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party on Tuesday passed a motion strongly criticizing Israel and pledging to halt all UK weapon sales to the Jewish state if it rises to power, as a senior lawmaker warned the party must root out antisemitism amid persistent scandals dogging the party.   Delegates at …

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Young Goodman Lumish.

Young Goodman Lumish came forth at sunset… One of the paradigmatic early American short stories is Nathanial Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown (1835).  The link above goes to the 1846 edition of the story as published in his collection, Mosses from an Old Manse.  What fascinates me, oddly enough, is its potential resonance …

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Julia Salazar and the Jews.

New York State Senate candidate Julia Salazar has the pro-Jewish / pro-Israel world vaguely annoyed… while we are having a sandwich for lunch. Others in recent weeks have occasionally noted her existence with a raised eyebrow over their Wheat Chex. There have been a few notes concerning this person including, for example, …

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The Democratic Party versus the Jewish People.

I understand that most American Jews do not want to hear this message, but there is no getting away from certain obvious political truths. The progressive-left and the Democratic Party believe that the Jewish people of the Middle East, in the form of Israel, are not humane to the Palestinian-Arabs. …

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The Jewish Exodus which Corbyn ignores.

Hardly a day goes by without another shocking revelation of Jeremy Corbyn’s association with antisemites. But while most of us recoil at Corbyn’s documented support for his ‘friends’ Hamas and Hezbollah, his appearances on the Iranian-funded Press TV, and his tribute to the perpetrators of the Munich massacre, little has …

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Remembering Munich.

At the Munich Olympics of 1972, less than three decades after the Holocaust, Jews were murdered on German soil – because they were Jews.  Because they were Israelis. The Olympics has historically been a place of peace where even warring nations could come together and compete in the sports arena, …

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American Jews and the Democratic Party.

One of the vital questions facing US diaspora Jewry is how to respond to the rise of American-Left antisemitic anti-Zionism. The prominent faces of that movement include anyone who looks toward Louis Farrakhan as a positive figure in American cultural and political life. These include low hanging fruit like Linda …

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The Great Halvah Epiphany.

When I was a little boy growing up in Kingston, New York, and Trumbull, Connecticut, halvah was a mystery. I did not understand the stuff. I did not like it. It made no sense to me. And I could not even begin to fathom my father’s joy in this weird …

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Jews Should #WalkAway

There is a small, social-media movement known as #walkaway that is annoying the Washington Post. In a piece by Abby Ohlheiser awkwardly entitled, “The #WalkAway meme is what happens when everything is viral and nothing matters,”  the Post laments: “The pro-Trump Internet is really good at convincing its audience that going viral …

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