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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Op-eds

Does Iraq Deserve the Return of Its Jewish Archive?

A Jewish weaver pictured in 1918 in the small town of Ramadi in the middle Euphrates region of Iraq. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

A few years ago, in response to a Palestinian critic who made a disparaging remark about the fact that I don’t speak Arabic, I felt compelled to write an article explaining why that is the case. I said that under different

Repurposing Your Lulav and Etrog

Sukkot is gone. You’ve ordered your annual bouquet of palm fronds, citrons, myrtle, and willows—the famous Four Species. Given the state of the economy these days, it’s painful to buy anything that you can only use once. Why not stretch the value of your lulav and etrog this year with a little creative repurposing post-festival? When they can be

We Like To Party: Childishness Masquerading As Maturity

The internet has been abuzz this week after Miley Cyrus’s raunchy performance at the Video Music Awards, but I’m honestly confused by all the hoopla. Miley’s “We Can’t Stop” VMA dance was not much different than the video version of it, which to date has over 160 million YouTube hits. To be clear, I found both the video and the live performance to

Mr. Assad, You Cannot Win

Once again, the United States is facing the unenviable task of playing global policeman. This time it is Syriandespot Bashar Assad.

A monster so vile, he has deployed chemical weapons upon his own people. While most of the worldwide community knows we must do something to end this nightmare wearestuck on the question of what that response should

Shake It Up

I was recently in the U.S. celebrating two beautiful weddings, multiple festive Sheva Brachot and one wonderful 80th birthday party. Landing in Israel after a five-hour delay followed by a ten-hour flight, I was exhausted. My son and daughter-in-law graciously picked us up from Ben-Gurion Airport with my car, and I proceeded to drive them

GOING HOME

When I took my eldest daughter, Atara, to Israel three-and-a-half years ago shortly before her bat mitzvah, my intent was to afford her the special privilege of visiting the Jewish homeland and allowing her to have an experience unlike anything she had ever had before. It turned out to be a life-altering experience for her. From that point onward, my daughter

Our Selichos Davening: It is Broken. Can It Be Fixed?

“Buh-buh-buh-buh-buh-buh-buh.” The sound of a motorboat? No, these are the sounds actually uttered by a man who davened Selichos next to me several years ago. He is not to be confused with the man who uttered “Nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh” or the one who blabbered, “Vuh-vuh-vuh-vuh-vuh-vuh-vuh.” The Artscroll Selichos machzor states: “The

Understanding the Perks of Power

Despite their portrayal in the media, the recent spate of sexually charged salacious episodes has less to do with lasciviousness and more do to with abuse of power. Prurient as they appear on the surface these incidents, starring an assortment of politicos, corporate executives, sports heroes, and religious officiants, should not be dismissed as the work of sexually

Reuters Kills The Mideast Domino Theory

Reuters recently broke with Big Media’s muddled mantra that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the region’s “core conflict.”

More than 100,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict and violence has flared again in Iraq, with over 1,000 killed there in July alone, many at the hands of al Qaeda. Tensions over Iran’s disputed nuclear program have also

If Peace Never Comes, This Will Be the Reason

www.thetower.org.—[Mudar is an Arab who believes there cannot be peace without the refugees’ right of return.] He is trapped in a psychological construct essential to his identity as a Palestinian—a collectivist identity that dominates the Palestinian mainstream.

One of the more tragic aspects of a collectivist identity is that it stifles those aspects of

Stratfor Reports: Erring on the Side of Caution

(Reprinted with permission of Stratfor.

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Global, nonspecific threats such as those that prompted recent U.S. embassy closures and travel warnings have rarely proved credible. These precautionary measures appear to be the result of two separate threats, one attack against an unspecified U.S. embassy and

Israel’s Bad Neighborhood

While the Middle East combusts, threatening vital U.S. interests, the U.S. attempts to clip Israel’s wings — the only reliable, predictable, stable, effective, democratic and unabashedly pro-U.S. firefighter in the region.

Western policy-makers and public-opinion molders welcomed the 2011 riots on the Arab street as an “Arab Spring,” a people’s