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Land of Giants

Land of Giants

It took two strong men to carry a cluster of grapes. Not only was the fruit gigantic, there were also giants in the Land."

A  plan to stop the liquidation of Diaspora Jewry

A plan to stop the liquidation of Diaspora Jewry

There is only one way to stop the liquidation of Diaspora Jewry and it is not the well meant plan of former Minister Yankelevitch. Opinion.

The Baba Sali

The Baba Sali

He said that he could see things other people couldn’t see because he didn’t look at things most people gazed at. Like photos on the web...

Planet of the Blues

Planet of the Blues

A semi-humorous, semi-macabre parable about the doomsday future of the Zionist dream. Opinion.

Teaching Torah to non-Jews

Teaching Torah to non-Jews

Lighting up the nations. An interview with Rivkah Lambert Adler, Ph.D..

Using the Rambam as an excuse to stay in the Diaspora

Using the Rambam as an excuse to stay in the Diaspora

'The reason the Rambam does not list living in Israel as a mitzvah is not that he thinks it less than a mitzvah, but just the opposite.'

Pack of liars

Pack of liars

A fictional scenario one year to the death of teenager Ahuvia Sandak when a police car chasing the car he was in rammed into it. Op-ed.

Hannukah: Joy in the Old City of Jerusalem

Hannukah: Joy in the Old City of Jerusalem

A visit with Rav Shlomo Aviner, head of the Ateret Yerushalyim Yeshiva in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City.

Mashiach, Mashiach, Mashiach

Mashiach, Mashiach, Mashiach

"The ingathering of the exiles, and Jewish sovereignty over Eretz Yisrael – Medinat Yisrael – are clear steps in the process of Mashiach.".

The Leningrad Trial - a modern day Hannukah saga

The Leningrad Trial - a modern day Hannukah saga

The trial began on the first day of Hannukah and the accused's imprisonment lasted for years, but a miracle occurred along the way. Excerpt.

Mashiach, Mashiach, Mashiach…

Mashiach, Mashiach, Mashiach…

There are people who claim that until the Mashiach comes there is no obligation for a Jew to live in Israel.Look again.

Who is a Jew?

Who is a Jew?

A short story. About an age-old history.

"Youth of the plains"

"Youth of the plains"

Young Native American Indians in Nevada establish a make-shift settlement near Las Vegas- one is killed by police. What happens next? Op-ed.

Major League Judaism

Major League Judaism

Maybe we can borrow a few metaphors from baseball to help America Jews understand that Judaism in the Diaspora is the Little Leagues.

Miss Universe pageant in Eilat - on Hannukah

Miss Universe pageant in Eilat - on Hannukah

What will those Israeli Hellenists think of for next Hannukah? Can they do better than this year's Miss Universe pageant?. Op-ed.

Interview with Michael Ben Horin: Rabbi Meir Kahana in Israel

Interview with Michael Ben Horin: Rabbi Meir Kahana in Israel

During Rabbi Kahana’s years in the Knesset, Michael Ben Horin served as the Kach Party’s general secretary. Interview.

Tell them the whole story, my daughter

Tell them the whole story, my daughter

Mourning the terrible murder of PM Yitzchak Rabin does not mean we must ignore his negative actions and disastrous decisions. Op-ed.

WARNING! Lech lecha!

WARNING! Lech lecha!

A Jew cannot forge the same connection to Hashem in Ur Kasdim, Haran, Berlin, Brooklyn, Las Vegas, or Palm Beach, as in Eretz Yisrael.

The Arabs are winning the war

The Arabs are winning the war

A chance encournter and a surprising conversation lead to a shocking conclusion. Op-ed.

The goal of teshuva - Jerusalem

The goal of teshuva - Jerusalem

Rabbi Kook writes that the rebirth of the Jewish nation in Eretz Yisrael is the foundation for the ultimate t’shuva.

The way to save the Jewish State

The way to save the Jewish State

The best New Year Resolution of all is to act to save Medinat Yisrael. It is all a matter of numbers.Op-ed.

The Chofetz Chaim – on his Yahrtzeit

The Chofetz Chaim – on his Yahrtzeit

“If we had the capability,” he wrote to his son, “it would be appropriate to buy land and make aliyah to Eretz Yisrael.”

Inspiration for the Jewish Festivals:Speaking to Rabbi Dov Begun

Inspiration for the Jewish Festivals – Interview with Rabbi Dov Begun

On the first English book by renowned founding head of Machon Meir in Jerusalem, seen as the baale t’shuva wing of Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav.

The Rabbi Eliezer Melamed controversy

The Rabbi Eliezer Melamed controversy

From the harsh, condemning tone of some of the articles opposing Rabbi Melamed's opinions, you might think he was a serial murderer.

What we can learn from the Taliban

What we can learn from the Taliban

Armies fueled by religious faith can only be beaten by an even greater religious faith and belief in the righteousness of the battle.Op-ed.

Mount Herzl is disappearing

Mount Herzl is disappearing

There is a cataclysmic traffic jam on the highways of our national existence, and it is not easy to remain optimistic

The Age of Anxiety

The Age of Anxiety

Vials of valium and an assortment of anti-depressants and “uppers” can be found in the medicine cabinets of the very best homes.

Listen, do you want to know a secret?

Listen, do you want to know a secret?

A Jewish farmer in Arkansas cannot keep the mitzvot of Shmitta because he is outside the Land of Israel. There is a Torah of Eretz Yisrael.

The Good Land

The Good Land

Rabbi Gold said that there is a yetzer hara (evil inclination) that causes a person to see the Land of Israel in a negative perspective.

A curse on Columbus

A curse on Columbus

Over 50% of the "Reform Jews" who demand free expression of worship at the Kotel aren’t Jewish at all. Op-ed

On Tisha B'Av, don’t confuse Torah with Buddhism

On Tisha B'Av, don’t confuse Torah with Buddhism

Here's one of the basic principles of the Torah - it doesn’t change. And it is meant to be kept in Israel.

The Holy Arizal and Eretz Yisrael

The Holy Arizal and Eretz Yisrael

Today is the yahrzeit of the revered Kabbalist whose work on the Zohar and spiritual way of life are legendary. How he saw the Holy Land.

For Jabotinsky's Yahrzeit: Jabotinsky and the Haganah

For Jabotinsky's Yahrzeit: Jabotinsky enlists Tuvia in the Haganah

“The point of the matter is, as Rabbi Kook writes, that the inner soul of the Zionism movement derives from a holy source." Book excerpt.

Bring on the Jewish parade!

Bring on the Jewish parade!

Jewish jokers, like the Joker of Batman fame, make good out of evil, and evil out of good. Israel is not good enough for them.

City of spies

City of spies

The mere fact that Jews are living outside the Land of Israel is a desecration of G-d. Why? Op-ed.

The Book of Hirsh

The Book of Hirsh

The Book of Hirsh packs everything about today's Israel into a fast-paced, but thought-provoking, short novel Recommended. Review.

Shelach: To which camp do you belong?

Shelach: To which camp do you belong?

The Gaon of Vilna taught that the sin of the Spies haunts the Jewish People, that many people are caught in its web, evenTorah scholars.

Guide to a chosen and perplexed people

Guide to a chosen and perplexed people

Review of “Faith and Redemption,” by Rabbi Meir Kahane who wrote: "This is the worst of all periods when we could be making it the best."

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Rav Tzvi Yehuda said: Our joy on this day is the joy of a mitzvah. We have merited fulfilling the mitzva to dwell in Eretz Yisrael, Op-ed.

Today's Korachs are politicians

Today's Korachs are politicians

The mini Korachs of today express the same jealousy and hatred for Netanyahu that Korach had for Moshe.