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Chasida v’?eishet ma?ase

When I left Israel a year-and-a-half ago, I left my books behind in the Holy Land, with four exceptions: Aish Kodesh, by Rav Kalonymous Kalman Shapira (the Piaceszna...

George Mitchell needs to listen to his own best wisdom of eight years ago

In his first week as president, Barack Obama has selected George Mitchell, the hero of northern Ireland, to take on the Middle East crisis — sort of. Obama has acted...

Her lavish love of the Jewish people

What would you do if, one fine morning, you found a baby at your doorstep? You’d call the police, or social services, or somebody. Would you take the baby into your...

The bureaucracy of death, part 2

Last column, I focused on death certificates, obituaries and Social Security application records. But death leaves many other records behind. And just to be clear, I’m...

Hibernation

Yes, we know, there’s been a bit of down time on Rocky Mountain Jew. It’s the cold weather outside – we’ve been hibernating and trying to stay...

Not just a black president

“Vayakam melech chadash” — “Now there arose a new king”Exodus 1:8 What is there to say that has not already been said? The people of America came to Washington on...

Obama did not inspire, but what did he say?

The night Barack Obama won the election, he gave one of the most inspiring victory addresses I ever heard. The day Barack Obama was inaugurated president of the US, he...

IJN editor in Israel: War, and no war, in Israel

JERUSALEM — The major report on the war in Israel is not the war in Israel. Despite the war, most of Israel proceeded as if there were no war. That’s the story: This...

Obama has made history; now, time to get down to work

There are precious few moments in our lifetimes when we have the opportunity to watch, with our own eyes and in real time, the titanic shifting of history. This week’s...

Hamas can no longer hide in hospitals, schools, mosques

Hamas was shocked not only by the ferocity of Israel’s response to unprovoked rocket attacks. Hamas was shocked by the red lines Israel crossed — a long overdue tactic...