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Scholar? Polymath? Renaissance Man?

Scholar? Polymath? Renaissance man? One struggles to come up with a word that encapsulates Rabbi Dr. Professor Avraham Steinberg. A growing number of people today are...

It’s all about Jewish safety

The domestic political lesson of Oct. 7 is that left and right are secondary considerations. It is the rooting out of threats against the safety of the Jewish community...

UNRWA has failed the Palestinians

UNRWA was launched over 75 years ago to deal with the plight of Middle East refugees, including Jews. They bowed out in 1952. But 75 years on, Palestinian Arabs are...

My generation

Having celebrated my birthday last week (along with my cosmic twin Volodymyr Zelensky and my ancestral twin Robert Burns), I am firmly in middle age. No sugarcoating it.

Is the unity starting to wane?

There is nothing the Jewish people cannot do if they do it from unity. Jews have certainly felt this around the world since Oct. 7. “Together we will win” is the...

Live long and prosper?

Does the thought of a super long life thrill or chill you? Once upon a time, the idea of living to be 100 was extraordinary. Now, while hardly commonplace, it’s...

Minor (lethal) Offenses

“The teenagers had been jailed for minor offenses like throwing stones.” This sentence, penned by the AP when a hostage-prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel...

Pierced but unwavering

They ran out of room. The cemetery in Gush Etzion doesn’t have enough space for more graves for soldiers. They need to expand, to dig a new block. “Hutru l’pirsum....

The mystery of the 92nd Psalm

One of the enduring mysteries in the book of Psalms is Psalm 92. Its opening verse reads, “A psalm, a song, for the Sabbath day,” followed by 15 more verses. Not a...

Don’t take pro-Israel politicians for granted

Among the many things that have changed as a result of Oct. 7, I would humbly recommend that the Jewish community would do well no longer to identify with a single...