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Seared into the story of the Jewish people

LIKE you, dear readers, “libi bemizrach,” “my heart,” at this very moment shredding to splinters, “is in the East.”

For 18 days we traveled a painful, yet hopeful, journey together.

As this painful chapter draws to a close, the release of the pent up hope we were all holding in has now turned to unbearable grief. The hope has burst forth in a wave of collective pain and sadness. We hoped together, now we weep together. We are all hurting.

Together.

That is the legacy that our beloved Eyal, Gilad, Naftali, with their families, Yifrach, Sha’ar and Frenkel, have bequeathed to us.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:50 )

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Conservative Lens

What’s the preoccupation with the Redskins?

GIVEN how much evil there is in the world; given how many signs of moral, intellectual and economic decline there are here in America; and given the increasing irrelevance of America to world events, it is fair to ask why the American left is preoccupied with the name Washington “Redskins.” The Washington Redskins have been in existence for 82 years. For about 80 of those years, virtually no one, including the vast majority of American Indians, was troubled by the name. Yet, it is now of s...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 July 2014 02:07 )

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View from Central Park

Celebrating a kidnapping [VIDEO]

It’s Day 13 since the vicious violation of children’s rights, since the kidnapping by Hamas of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali. As IDF’s “Operation Brother’s Keeper” was unfolding the first week in Hebron, I felt this intense sense of the boys being protected. Hebron, after all, is our “Ir Avot,” the city of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs. I felt like they were with Eyal, Gilad and Naftali — that hopefully they would be OK. Truly we were like a family, in an instant a diverse and all ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:27 )

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View From Denver

Is there order in the Torah?

Is there order in the Torah?ORDER in the court! Order in this sense means silence, or good behavior. Order in the Torah means sequence. Did the events recorded in the Torah actually happen in the sequence in which they are recorded? The question seems almost non-sensical. Who writes things out of order? Actually, both fiction and non-fiction are filled with events out of order: with flashbacks, with contemporary references in histories, with oscillations between one generation and another, or within early and later stage...

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 June 2014 04:35 )

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View from Central Park

The three kidnapped teens

What really is there to say at such a painful time? My heart is broken along with all of yours. I feel consumed with worry. I am holding my breath along with the anguish of the entire Jewish people. All the Israeli friends I have spoken with are consumed. From “What more can Am Yisrael suffer?” to “Don’t worry, G-d is big.” We are strong.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:50 )

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