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At the end of July, we were on a family vacation in Havana. We had flown from Mexico with a boisterous group of young Danish Communists on their way to cut sugar cane in the Marxist paradise.
Despite all the lies parroted by the modern world, the Muslim conquerors knew well that Jerusalem was not their home.
After decades of his teachings being pushed to the margins of public discourse, today Jabotinsky finally receives a proper place in history.
Mainstream Orthodox Judaism does not yet recognize women as rabbis, there is no reason that women cannot take the tests that are otherwise given to men studying to become rabbis.
Because of his works, we all have the ability to realize the passion for knowledge and wonder that sprouts from every page of the Talmud.
Arguments for a binational “solution” are a century old – and they collapsed under the weight of Jewish blood and Arab intransigence.
What did Lebanon expect? What did the citizens of a country sadly known for years of civil war and internal strife think would happen, after they let their country be taken hostage by terrorists?
The skies need to open, but, for the open skies plan to work, so much more needs to be done.
If retirement means laying on a beach and rubbing cocoa butter on your stomach, about 48 hours of that will be enough for most people. You’ll want something new. - Tim Ferriss
Nuvo, a Tel-Aviv based start-up, has developed an innovative monitoring platform that women can administer at home as prescribed by their doctor.
An economic update amid the coronavirus crisis in Israel.
The Israel Police needs to have a properly appointed full-time police commissioner who will safeguard the public’s freedom to demonstrate.
The history of the Arab Spring revolutions suggests that the recipe for regime change includes four essential ingredients.
If the answer to this question had been self-evident, perhaps the political turmoil we’ve been experiencing over the last two years could have been avoided.
Perhaps, now, Saudi Arabia is set on a path intended to lead to the development of its own nuclear weapons program
What should define pro-Israel in 2020 across the political spectrum? Here are a few suggestions.
“October Surprise” is the American political term for a fake crisis – usually involving foreigners – that is “discovered” by a president trailing badly in the polls before elections.
“A climate of punishment, heretic hunting, recurrent feature of left-wing politics has set in, enforced in some places, through workplace discipline, including firings.”
My congregant’s question starkly reminds me that I’m no longer so young. The Bible spells it out in Psalm 37:25, “I was young, now I am old.”
Movers and shakers in Israeli society.
The privilege of participating in the grand drama of Jewish national renewal and redemption.
It is one thing for Jerusalem to offer assistance, but it quite another that Tel Aviv cover its municipal building with the flag of that enemy country as a symbol of solidarity.
Does the fact that I don’t support the Likud, that I loved Yitzhak Rabin and admire David Ben-Gurion, turn me into a traitor?
Challenging times necessitate a reality check and far-reaching change.
Readers of the Jerusalem Post Magazine have their say.
There are more laws regulating family relationships than almost any other sphere of law.
A systemic crisis represents a strategic threat to a country because of the devastating effects it could produce. Thus, understanding its causes is of great importance.
Despite the lag in the polls, despite the difficult situation in the US, all the cards are in the hands of the president.
In trying to delegitimize the election Trump has raised legitimate worries about how he might use the military to reject the outcome of November’s election.
Trump has dictatorial tendencies and occasionally acts on them.
Despite the arguments of the die-hard advocates of the two-state solution from both sides, I cannot perceive how it is still possible.
While understandably the coronavirus now dominates everyday life, we must continue to face our ongoing domestic and global security issues.
Hezbollah would rather the Lebanese people suffer, than let them partake of assistance offered by the Jewish state.
The joy associated with Tu Be’av stems from the empowerment of equality as a value.
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Get-refusal is nothing less than a disgrace. Although it is not forbidden by Jewish law, we have a moral and religious obligation to prevent it.
A consensus is forming that Prof. Alon Tal is the right person for this difficult KKL-JNF job at this critical moment.
Israel should not turn away Jews under any circumstances, and that includes the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most Israelis and Palestinians haven't given up on a two-state solution.
He enables hate, he emboldens violence, and ultimately, he practices a depraved indifference to human life.
It is time to awaken the hope among the Iranians to make a real change.
Mercenaries with ties to Kremlin seize oil fields, complicating a wide variety of conflicts.
One of the most outrageous incidents emerged last week in America’s City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia.
All social media platforms should be adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism and using it as an educational tool rather than for censorship.
The synagogue model is teetering and will, almost certainly, collapse.
This young Swede demonstrated how one compassionate person can make a significant difference.
These extraordinary last few months are a fascinating and worrying laboratory for understanding what happens when antisemitism is allowed to flourish.
Why does Benjamin Netanyahu think so ill of the media here?
For the first time since the start of the “second wave,” the infection rate has fallen below threshold 1 – each contagious person is currently infecting less than one other person, it was disclosed Sunday.
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Minority communities are in constant pursuit of equal opportunity, particularly in education, employment and welfare.
Azerbaijan, a predominantly Shi’ite country, is also home to other ethnic and religious groups, including ancient Zoroastrian, Christian and Jewish communities.
Amsalem was arguing that it is not the Right that is inciting its members to attack the Left, the courts and the legal system, but the Left that is responsible for the incitement in the country.
For the first time since the start of the “second wave,” the infection rate has fallen below threshold 1 – each contagious person is currently infecting less than one other person.
Despite the hot sumer heat and the coronavirus pandemic, there's still lots of places in Israel to go.
Three key factors have coalesced to provide a rare opportunity for Ashkenazi to revitalize the ministry.
There is no reason to “rethink” this relationship, because frankly, it’s one of the best there is.
"The thing is that Khamenei doesn’t just tweet about destroying Israel. He also tries to act on it."
The brilliance in Israel’s alleged reactions lay in how they have managed to face Iran on a number of fronts: in Iran, in Syria and in Lebanon.
The bottom line is that Israel’s media have a responsibility, first and foremost to the public, in helping the government to protect us from the virus.
The current coronavirus crisis requires scientific collaboration on an unprecedented scale, and the platforms and infrastructure to support it.
True, we will reach a peak in about forty years’ time of 9.7 billion, but by century’s end we will be sliding down the other side of the population mountain quite fast.
Lately Amnesty has been targeting Israel through its fixation on Pegasus, a software that can be “injected” into smartphones to track the user’s location, calls, messages, etc.
No government is willing to step forward to help them rebuild their destroyed villages, not even their own governments.
Israeli and Diaspora Jewry need to move forward in respectful partnership with one another, which must include a dialogue which has room for honest criticism.
Movers and shakers in Israeli society.
I can’t answer all the questions on one foot, but just to put down here, I gave in a paper two Fridays ago ending with "history repeats itself the attack of Hezbollah is near." Why did I write that?
Antisemitic hate crimes are rising at an alarming pace, and according to the ADL, 2019 saw the highest level of antisemitic incidents since tracking began in 1979.
Kai.ai was founded at the beginning of 2020 and quickly raised a pre-seed round of investment from a number of serial entrepreneurs and academics.
Without fully understanding the implications for our future, the Israeli Right with Netanyahu at the helm “marketed” one of the greatest dangers to the State of Israel as “a legitimate achievement.
Earlier in the month, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar courageously penned an op-ed not just calling out antisemites in the black community, but also railing against the apathy toward hate in general.
The UAE has been unprecedentedly public in its warnings to Israelis about the consequences of annexation.
If implemented, the exclusive and isolationist approach that Hacohen presented could prove dangerous, and potentially turn Israel into a backward state like North Korea.
Our so-called “unity government” has proven to be filled with ministers who are suspicious of one another and unwilling to yield power to the others.
When serving as vice president to Obama, Biden had a warmer relationship with Israeli leaders, including Benjamin Netanyahu, than Obama did.
The author laments the replacement of Jewish values and unity with partisanship, sectorial interest politics and crass materialism.
They will continue to demonstrate until Netanyahu leaves, and with him his delusional wife and deranged son.
It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing. – Gertrude Stein
Movers and shakers in Israeli society.
The ITA raised the possibility of best-judgment assessments in transfer-pricing cases, among others, in a recent tax circular.
"The UN, where Israel is singled out for condemnation as a matter of course, is far from able to provide the solution for world peace."
Lapid’s acknowledgment that the current team in the White House has been “friendly,” was necessary. Nobody knows better than him how misleading polls can be.
Steinitz's proposal will increase the country’s use of solar energy from just a few percentage points today to 30% within the next 10 years.
To avoid giving Bennett a win, Netanyahu preferred to play political games with lives on the line.
Word is that Rogen has already privately apologized via DM’s on Twitter to several people for what he said.
Though this story is most closely associated with the fast of Tisha Be’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, [...] its enduring appeal no doubt lies in its profound optimism.
You have to wonder what side some of these guys would have been on in 1861.
It is easy for us to take on three weeks of mourning, nine days of added stringencies, and a full day of crying, fasting and praying, and then move on with our lives.
The cauldron of anger and dissatisfaction mixed with messianic hope was beginning to boil; soon it would erupt in serious outbreaks of violence throughout the land.
We, exactly 100 years later, who are undergoing our own extended tumultuous period of the Three Weeks of mourning, must remember how far historically the Jewish people have come
The egalitarian Kotel feels like the back seat of the bus and looks like a building site lacking any semblance of dignity or splendor. It has become clear that some holy sites are holier than others
Every generation has its own barns, whose stock is the source of its national resilience. We have a supreme obligation to protect them against those who would set them afire to promote their ideology
"Even if we think that the hatred is not baseless, we must – as we always have – ensure that it does not bring us closer, even by the tiniest step, to our downfall and destruction,” said Rivlin.
"Gershon, you talk about making peace, and I, the small citizen, ask with whom? With people who declare, day and night, that their goal is to exterminate the State of Israel [...]"
Not since the days of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination in 1995 or the withdrawal from Gaza a decade later has Israel seen such internal strife, division and vitriol.