Saturday, March 17, 2018


Crowdfunded Israeli Initiative Seeks to Land Torah on the Moon

TEL AVIV—French-Israeli entrepreneur Haim Aouizerate announced today the initiation of “Torah on the Moon” (TOTM), a “values-driven” space initiative aimed at landing a Torah (a Hebrew Bible scroll) on the Moon to celebrate the ancient book’s innumerable contributions to morality, justice, education, culture, arts, and sciences

How Kosher Is the Kosher Switch?

As technology changes, new opportunities arise for Shabbos-observant Jews that should not be ignored. However, when evaluating new technology we have to look at reality and not hype. Four years ago, the “Kosher Switch” launched online, billed by its inventor as a game-changer that will radically redefine the Shabbos experience.

How Kosher Is the Kosher Switch?

As technology changes, new opportunities arise

More Voices on the Jewish Left Oppose Iran Deal

Two more prominent voices from the left, one in Israel and one in the American Jewish community, are challenging President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran. The right-left consensus on Iran is broadening almost daily.

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak told CNBC on April 8 that

Serving God by Serving Country

My youngest child, Elie, (20) was recently inducted into the IDF. Elie is now doing basic training in an elite combat unit of the paratroopers known as Maglan (Ibis). For the previous two and a half years Elie was in the Yeshivah of Upper Nazareth. Yes, it turns out that of our five children, our most religious and spiritual child

Religious Dogma of Palestinian Statehood

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remark about the dangers of a Palestinian state has sent advocates of Palestinian statehood into a rage so hysterical that you would think he had questioned somebody’s sacred religious beliefs.

On second thought, maybe he did. The Palestinian statehood crowd has

Why You Should Be Going to AIPAC Next Year

Let’s face it. Some things we simply take for granted. These may be “small” things, like being able to swing a golf club without pain or larger things like getting up in the morning or having a safe and secure State of Israel. I am regularly called upon to serve in a leadership role for my community and as a role model for my

Some Personal Thoughts on the AIPAC Policy Conference

Participating in the annual AIPAC policy conference is always a powerful experience. But the intensity of this year’s conference was especially palpable, taking place only a day before Netanyahu’s historic speech to Congress. The crowds were both electric and unified; I felt connected to my fellow Jews at the conference—and

To Speak or Not to Speak

A controversial topic in the news is whether or not Prime Minister Netanyahu should give his planned speech to Congress.

It is important to first acknowledge how far we have come in limiting Iran economically. The Iranian currency has plummeted, their exports and GDP have suffered, and their currency

Fifty Shades of Red

In his book first published in 1989, Doesn’t Anyone Blush Anymore, Rabbi Manis Friedman bemoans the loss of modesty and decency in society, and describes it as the greatest obstacle to achieving authentic love and intimacy. If 26 years ago people failed to blush when exposed to indecency, perhaps today one could best describe our

Who Is A Jew? What Does It Mean?

Editor’s Note: This op-ed comes from a former member of a “secret” Facebook page for descendants of Holocaust survivors, including many living in the area covered by the Link. The list consists of 3000 members from around the world with approximately 50-60 very vocal contributors, most of them ranging in age from about

Pres. Obama Is Not Serious About Stopping Iranian Nukes

p style="text-align: justify;">New York—Last week, 10 Senate Democrats who had persistently expressed concern over President Barack Obama’s concessionary policy toward Iran over its nuclear weapons program, announced via a letter to the President that they would desist from seeking to pass new legislation to reimpose sanctions in the event of a failure of