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The destruction of the First Temple, depicted by Francesco Hayez. (Wikipedia)

Tisha b’Av: Tracing tragedy, part two

Several years ago, in a post entitled “Tracing tragedy,” we explored the claim that national Jewish tragedies take place on Tisha b’Av, the Fast of Av, or within...

A treasure chest of family history

It all began in 2001 with my mother’s insatiable curiosity and desire to discover more about her background and family.  I had heard stories since I was a young girl...

People don’t exist anymore

Have you noticed? “People” don’t exist anymore. I do not recall a single instance in which President Obama referred to “people.” He always preferred...

Requirement to pray: tolerance of bloodshed

And so the legend in Jewish tradition goes: There were two brothers who together worked the earth on a piece of land they had inherited from their father. The brothers...

Occupation of the Temple Mount

The Temple Mount is occupied. The occupier is Jordan and its representative: the Wakf. “Occupation” means control of someone else’s territory. This makes Jordan...

Checked-out

Many people would agree that the best thing about vacation is that for a period of time one can “check out.” For someone working in the news business it’s crucial,...

Trump’s Syria policy endangers Israel, emboldens Iran and rewards Russia

‘Ceasefire.’ Welcome in Syria only if it is not an excuse for Iran to increase its power and proximity to Israel. President Trump’s Syria policy — to the...

Whoever dies with the most fonts wins

“Whoever dies with the most fonts wins.” This adorned a poster by a former IJN graphics designer. I was  reminded of this when I heard a recent pitch on the radio...

The Jewish group that demonizes Jews

The issue the organized Jewish world has struggled most with in recent years is how to keep communal peace at a time when the debate over Israel has become increasingly...

The modern day foxes

In these days leading up to Tisha b’Av (Aug. 1), the Temple Mount issue is really coming to a head. Under the cover of “holiness” and of “worship” at a place...