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Enough Gravestones

Holocaust Remembrance Day has come and gone. The sirens have sounded, the tears have dried. The crowds at Yad VaShem and other Holocaust memorial and educational sites have thinned to average. But for those who actually lived through […]

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Shmuel Eldar

It was a little over a year ago that I received a phone call from the Air Force Base in Palmachim. Would I give a lecture for an officers’ gathering? Mr. Gadol, the education officer wanted to know. […]

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A Shiv’a Call on Ruth

I paid a condolence call the other day. Ruth (not her real name) formerly one of the most respected rebbitzins in Meah Shearim, the wife of a prominent Rabbi and scholar from a distinguished rabbinical family, had lost […]

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Oh, When?

We took a trip to Europe last month to visit our daughter, who is doing her second year of National Service teaching Hebrew in a Jewish school in Toulouse. El Al was very helpful, giving out tickets to […]

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The Unraveling Kippah

The symbol of the election campaign for the National Religious Party is the unraveling knitted skullcap. Vote for the Mafdal, the commercial says, or all our wonderful educational institutions, our youth groups, our synagogues will go under. As […]

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A Phyrric Victory

So, you think you’ve won, do you – all of you who organized and participated in that great show of yeshiva power this Sunday in Jerusalem? And, what then, exactly, is your victory? If you think your show […]

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The Rule of Law

Last week Rabbi Porush the son explained to us on Gabi Gazit’s morning show why the haredim have every right to rob the country’s treasury to support haredim who are too holy to work. What was clear from […]

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It’s Too Late

I was one of those awful people who shouted at Yitzhak Rabin and called him a traitor. I stood behind the barricades, held up my placard and screamed: “Boged.” I remember it clearly. He came right past us, […]

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