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America, ‘greatest threat to peace’?

LAST week the International Business Times reported:?“In their annual End of Year poll, researchers for WIN and Gallup International surveyed more than 66,000 people across 65 nations and found that 24% of all respondents answered that the US ‘is the greatest threat to peace in the world today.’Pakistan and China fell significantly behind the US on the poll, with 8 and 6%, respectively. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea all tied for fourth place with 4%.”

For those of us who believe the opposite — namely, that the US is the world’s greatest force for peace (and liberty) — an explanation of this poll is called for.

Here is my explanation:

Much of the world’s moral compass is broken. The moral north reads south and the moral south reads north.

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Crossing the Red Sea — 46 years ago

Crossing the Red Sea — 46 years agoAPPROXIMATELY 46 years ago, when I was a student at Yeshiva University, I sat for an exam with Rabbi Mendel Zaks. On one level, the scene was surrealistic, perhaps even absurd. Sitting behind the desk was this wizened, elderly, European sage, whose countenance bespoke deep wisdom and a natural, embracing, soothing kindness. In the front of the table was a young man — me — born and raised in the American West, far removed from the world of Rabbi Zaks and incapable of fathoming the extent o...

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Why is rosh chodesh the first mitzvah?

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg’s Torah column is this week written by guest columnist Chaim M. Goldberg, a sophomore at Yeshiva University. IN this week’s Torah portion, “Bo,” the ancient Israelites are given their first mitzvah as a nation, that of rosh chodesh, the determination of the new month (three mitzvot were given to individuals in the book of Genesis). The date of the new month is not merely looked up on a calendar; it is determined through human initiative, as two witnesses must test...
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Quiet revolutions

The anxiety over the issue of the haredi draft in Israel is increasing. Last week in New York City there was a protest by some chasidic groups against the State of Israel and the draft. Some photos showed signs being carried with the slogan, “anti-Semitism.” To me, Jews publicly protesting Israeli policy in the US is simply anathema. Be it JStreeters on the liberal left or extremist chasidim on the right. I will never understand it. We are talking about the State of Israel. Our Israel....
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Territorial Imperative: forward to the past

Territorial Imperative: forward to the pastIn The Territorial Imperative, Robert Ardrey argues that a universal, primal instinct encompasses both the animal kingdom and humankind: the compulsion to possess and defend territory. Without territory, “territorial species” cease to exist. Just one problem, which Ardrey, try as he might, cannot quite wedge into his category: the Jews. For nearly 1,900 years, the Jews had no territory and were subjected to terrible persecutions, yet still flourished as scholars, traders, and even builders ...
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