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Friday, April 18

A Community in Peril

Throughout the Middle East—except in Israel—Christians are under assault. Who will stand up for them? 

Expect the Unexpected

In order to succeed, an Israeli attack on Iran must employ the elements of deception and surprise. On this point, history is informative. 

Ordered Liberty

As the Exodus story suggests, the blessings of freedom are secured through laws: guardrails that tame the ego and remind us of permanent truths.  

Abusing Anne Frank

An exhibit bearing the Dutch girl’s name decries modern-day instances of hatred and ethnic and cultural prejudice. Missing is any mention of anti-Semitism.

Keeping it Together

Did the talmudic sage Hillel anticipate by eighteen centuries the invention widely attributed to the Earl of Sandwich?

Thursday, April 17

Shocking Ignorance

Blind to intra-Palestinian rivalries, and to the local character of Arab politics, Washington misses the real cause of the breakdown in peace talks. 

Aliyah on the Rise?

With rising anti-Semitism abroad and growing prosperity at home, is Israel set to experience a new large-scale immigration?  

Brought to You by Syria

The career of Patrick Seale, for decades the most important foreign apologist for the Assad family, offers a useful study in how dictatorial regimes spread propaganda. 

Who Wrote the Haggadah?

The book read today would be unrecognizable to the ancient Jews who first devised the home ritual of the seder.   

Passover 1948

“A five-year-old boy didn’t merely recite the traditional four questions, but asked them, as if he wanted to be told why a seder in besieged Jerusalem was different from any other.” (1948)

Monday, April 14

What Tehran Fears

A credible threat of U.S. force could still persuade Iran to change course in its nuclear program. But time runs thin, and so does American credibility.

No Theocracy

Highly publicized worries about the role of religion in Israeli public life rely on a false view of Israeli politics—and a gross misunderstanding of Judaism. 

To Free Our Brothers

When Jacob Birnbaum, who died last week, launched the American struggle for Soviet Jewry in the 1970s, his goal seemed wildly quixotic. Within a decade, it was U.S. policy. (2004)

Last Seder?

It has long been thought that the “last supper” meal celebrated by Jesus and his disciples was the ritual Passover meal. Most likely, it was not.

Passover 1864

“There, in the wild woods of West Virginia, away from home and friends, we offered up to the ever-loving God of Israel our prayers and sacrifice.” 

Friday, April 11

Self-Inflicted Wound

The plight of the Palestinians is as nothing compared with the tribulations suffered by others—and besides, they brought it on themselves.  

Trembling with Bravery

What the martyrdom of the rabbi of the Warsaw ghetto can teach us about true courage and devotion to others.  


Running a repressive tyranny? The very latest in social-networking technology will help you broadcast your message. 

A Fair Hearing

The German Republic has long prided itself on its support of the state of Israel; now is the time for its leaders to act on what they profess. 

Begin at the Beginning

To prevent an evangelical turn away from Israel, Christian leaders should focus on our common origins, not on what will happen at the end of days. 

Thursday, April 10

Outrage at Brandeis

By revoking its conferral of an honorary degree on the heroic human-rights campaigner Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Jewish university has betrayed its core mission. Hirsi Ali's response

Lessons from Crimea

Acquiescing in Russian aggression, as the West has done, is wholly incompatible with the defense of democracy, to which the West professes attachment.   

Railway to Auschwitz?

Did the French national railroad company collaborate in the deportation of French Jews to their deaths? 

Common Story

Once a year, during the seder, everyone is at the table, including the evil son—an important message for a people at frequent risk of fraying. 

Censorship in London

At the British Library, you can access many websites run by Islamic terrorist organizations. Just don’t try visiting one on the dangers of Islamism.
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What do evangelicals really think about the Jewish people, what are the roots of their Christian Zionism—and what is now driving a growing number away from wholehearted support of Israel.
by Robert W. Nicholson

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“Dara, you’ll love this!” Actually, I don’t.
by Dara Horn

Degenerate Art

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The story of the family behind the Nazi-era art trove.
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Conservative and Orthodox

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Orthodox rabbis need to stop worrying about 200-year-old battles with “Reformers” and allow Jewish law to develop organically, as it did in the past.
By David Golinkin


The Situation in Europe

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Vibrant Jewish communities were reborn in Europe after the Holocaust. Is there a future for them in the 21st century?
by Michel Gurfinkiel