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Elections, Crises in Israel, Virginia Tech Massacre, the Iraqi War, Hurricane Katrina, the Gaza Disengagement, Shuttle Discovery, 9-11 – What is the Jewish approach to these events?

Editorial & Commentary

Editorial & Commentary

Opinions on news events from the past decade

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Our Portrait of Jewish Americans
Reactions and thoughts on the Pew study, released on October, 2013.
Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
Massacre in Toulouse
A Call From the Heart by Mrs. Eva Sandler
Looking Back at Nine Eleven
Jewish reflections on the terror attack of 9-11, 2001
Together We Mourn, Together We Grow
The Tragic Death of Leiby Kletzky
Legacy of Mumbai
Virginia-Tech Massacre
Reactions to the Virginia-Tech Massacre, April 16, 2007
Hurricane Katrina
Faith in the Path of the Tsunami
Columbia Tragedy
9.11.2001
Reb Lipa, My Dear Friend
In tribute to Rabbi Lipa Dubrawsky
Rabbi Binyomin Bitton writes about the sudden loss of his friend and colleague, Rabbi Lipa Dubrawsky.
A Letter for Peace
The Rebbe's emissaries followed his directives, while wondering about the sudden urgency... That afternoon, the threat of horrific terror against Israel was averted...
Is History Bunk?
A sense of history provides context to help us better deal with the present, tools to understand ourselves and others. Understanding our national past strengthens pride and provides a sense of the mystery of transcendence about our role in the universe. People haven’t changed, and in many ways we face the same challenges that have been faced for thousands of years...
Heads or Tails?
I held up the heavy rusted tail, and presented it to the sixth grade class. It was in excellent condition with all its fins, and with the screw still attached at the end...
Primary Madness
Does a victory in New Hampshire matter?
It doesn't add up. Why do the candidates expend so much time, money and effort on a seemingly trivial contest when substantially more consequential races are on the horizon?
Spiritual Steroids
An exhaustive inquiry reveals that of late many baseball players have made use of illegal performance enhancing drugs. But I refuse to be inspired by this news story...
Stem Cell Miracle
The debate over stem cell research raised serious and fundamental ethical, moral and theological dilemmas, which cut across the social conscience and tore at the very heart of mankind's longing to heal...
The Mystic Brother
Not much has changed in 3,600 years...
Why did they find it so very difficult to accept the guidance of a mystic brother, yet so easy to be subservient to a foreign Pharaoh?
Faith-Based Diplomacy
Reflections on the Annapolis Summit
Apparently, the politicians handling the Israeli-Palestinian Middle East conflict seem to have an unhealthy affinity for the role of the rabbinate...