Egypt, Syria and Turkey have been complicating efforts to hold what...
Israel establishing national cyber defense authority
Israel, Palestinians to pick up cease-fire talks in Cairo
Part of White House evacuated; Obama not present, witnesses say
Cartoon: Everything in moderation
Bennett and Weston: The politics of scapegoating
This lightweight is heavily into Sumo
Charles Bronfman: The most wonderful gift I’ve ever received
To be read at the NYC Rally protesting “The Death of Klinghoffer”
October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pmAs the Annapolis peace parley rapidly approaches, some of the Arab and Muslim players expected to play a key role in creating conditions for a favorable outcome are proving to be more of an obstacle than an asset.
August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pmThis week's portion, Ki Tavo, is best known for its bikkurim (first fruits) passages, the verses we are commanded to recite when bringing our first fruits to the Kohen at the Temple in Jerusalem (Devarim 26:5-10). You will recognize the text as one of the most frequently quoted...
August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pmIf turning 40 isn't challenging enough, try preparing for this milestone when you're as old as one of the worst defeats Arab armies ever suffered at Israeli hands. Wars mark time and generations in the Middle East, so it's difficult not to take the humiliation personally.
My birth at...
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Universal Newsreel from 1967 recaps the Six-Day War
Was the Six-Day War a blessing or a curse for Israel's place in the Middle East and its long-term survival?
Forty years on, the jury is still out.
In the war's immediate aftermath, it seemed Israel's sweeping victory would...
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December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pmAfter the plethora of goodwill gestures Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made in his meeting Saturday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, politicians and pundits on both sides are asking one question: Will it be enough to kick-start the stalled Israeli-Palestinian...
December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pmUpon analyzing Vayigash, one of my bar mitzvah students commented: "Joseph sure cries a lot ... it's kinda weird."
Well put. In fact, Joseph does not simply cry -- he weeps. A lot! "Aloud [so] that all of Egypt and the house of Paro heard."
He turns on the waterworks upon revealing...
October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm
September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pmWe love to play Jewish Geography. Whenever we meet a fellow Jew for the first time, we try to find mutual people or places we might have in common.
I was leading a Jewish history tour to Prague when our group encountered a group of seniors from Israel. We immediately began to...
June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm
The centerpiece of the third section of the Tanach, the section known as Ketuvim (the Writings), is the Book of Psalms. The Book of Psalms contains some of the most majestic poetic images in the history of the Hebrew language. They express awe at the artistic power of the Creator and...
May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm
I often give young people advice on dating, occasionally without their asking. I tell young women not to judge a man by his car, since you will not end up living with the car but with the man who drives it. I advise men, when they take a woman to a restaurant, to sit facing the wall,...
April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Are we Jews too sensitive to what non-Jews say about us? The haggadah, which we just read on seder night, hints at the answer. The telling of the story of our enslavement in Egypt begins, "The Egyptians [spoke] evil about us" (usually mistranslated as "the Egyptians did evil to us"),...
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The holiday of Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, but the Haggadah doesn't mention
Nachshon ben Aminadav.
Who was this man?
According to the biblical account of the Exodus, the people have no sooner left Egypt than they encounter a...
March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm
The story of the Exodus from Egypt makes for great cinema and stunning visual effects, as Cecil B. DeMille and Charlton Heston proved half a century ago.
Now a new version of "The Ten Commandments," with its timeless themes of slavery and freedom, faith and doubt, adultery and...
March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Music Festival Celebrates Jewish New Orleans
Hot on the heels of Mardi Gras, a recovering Big Easy will soon play host to the inaugural New Orleans International Jewish Music Festival. The two-day gathering on April 1-2 will celebrate the rebuilding of Jewish New Orleans following...
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American legislators, Israeli officials and Jewish groups are working diplomatic channels in an effort to stave off a looming lulav shortage ahead of Sukkot.
Their efforts follow a surprise move by Egypt, which -- after years as the world's primary supplier of the palm fronds that...
June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm
I first saw night-vision goggles when I watched Harrison Ford in Tom Clancy's "Patriot Games."
The bad guys were prowling in a dark bedroom. Suddenly, a good guy switched on the room lights, practically blinding them.
The technology was featured again in "The Silence of the Lambs,"...
April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm
We learn in the haggadah, "B'chol dor v'dor, chayav adam lirot et atzmo k'ilu hu yatzah mi'mitzrayim" -- "In every generation it is one's duty to regard himself as though he personally had come out of Egypt."
In effect, I had a rather personal and literal fulfillment of that...
January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm
The Fight for Freedom
In last week's Torah Portion, the Israelites sat back and watched as God brought seven plagues upon the Egyptians. This week, in Parshat Bo, we read of the last three plagues. All of a sudden, the Israelites are told that they must help God in the last plague...
December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm
"Cain's Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East," by Matt Rees (Free Press, $26).
Journalist Matt Rees was born in Wales, the great-nephew of two brothers who joined the Imperial Camel Corps and made their way to Egypt in 1916. His uncles fought in a World War I...
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Nonie Darwish spreads an Egyptian newspaper across her knees and points to an old black-and-white photograph of a family. She identifies her father, mother and siblings in the photo.
"I am 8 years old here," she says and gestures to the image of a serious little girl. The photo was...