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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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Recently there’s been is a lot of debate and discussion on the issue of vaccinations. As a parent, I’m curious what Jewish law has to say on the topic.
The Rebbe’s Response to Tragedy
“I lost everything in the fire,” he cried out yesterday. “There’s only one way to survive this—complete and total surrender.”
In tribute to the Jewish volunteer security guard killed outside a Copenhagen synagogue
Q&A with Rabbi Manis Friedman, who provides the Biblical account in “Patterns of Evidence” documentary
A new documentary that screened on January the 19th in more than 600 cinemas across America grapples with controversial questions about the search for archaeological evidence for the exodus of the Jews from Ancient Egypt as recorded in the Torah.
In tribute to Rabbi Lipa Dubrawsky
Rabbi Binyomin Bitton writes about the sudden loss of his friend and colleague, Rabbi Lipa Dubrawsky.
The Rebbe's emissaries followed his directives, while wondering about the sudden urgency... That afternoon, the threat of horrific terror against Israel was averted...
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...
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...
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?
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...
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...
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?
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...
Barry Bonds hit his 757th, Matt Cain his first, but Rabbi Langer hit the most spectacular home run of the evening...
Happy 231st America – Happy 20th Prozac!
What they didn't tell us that you're not necessarily entitled to happiness--your right is merely to pursue it...
That question probably crossed the minds of millions of Americans as they scrambled to meet the tax-filing deadline last week...
The ironic side of the “Iraq Debate” is that it actually demonstrates how much we do agree on basic principles...
Listening to and reading all the predictions and prognostications of Global Warming can be downright depressing. Will we be saying goodbye to our world sometime soon?
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