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Israeli Postcards 2017: Feeling Jewish

May 22, 2017 Scott Kirwin 1

By Scott Kirwin – Cross posted at TheRazor Last in series. Part 1. Part 2. Coming of age in the 1970s when Israel was often in the news, usually battling for its survival, I developed a strong affinity to the Jewish state even though I knew little as a Catholic [Read More]

Faith

Israeli Postcards 2017: Jewish Stories

May 16, 2017 Scott Kirwin 3

By Scott Kirwin  Cross-posted at TheRazor 2nd in a 3-part series. Part 1. Part 3. In the Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem at the craft beer stall the bartender’s accent gives him away. “I’m from Baltimore,” he says, and he’s lived in Israel for 7 years. I ask him what [Read More]

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Israeli Postcards 2017: Preparations

May 14, 2017 Scott Kirwin 1

By Scott Kirwin – Cross posted at TheRazor First in a series. Part 2. Part 3. My first awareness of the Jews and Israel probably was typical for Catholics, the stories of the Bible told to us as children at school and church. But my first awareness of the State [Read More]

Islam

A Two-State solution? The Hell you say?

February 26, 2017 Doug Hagin 0

Any two-state solution would require two engaged parties would it not? That is the flaw in such a solution to the Israeli/Palestinian situation. Only one side truly desires peace, the other desires nothing of the sort. David Harsanyi offers up these thoughts When we act like both sides are equally [Read More]

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Parshas Yithro: This Week’s Torah Portion

February 17, 2017 JoshuaPundit 0

by Dr. Joseph Frager This weeks’ Torah portion, Parhsas Yithro  concerns Yithro (Jethro), the father-in-law of Moses. Why would someone who was a priest who worshiped idols be included as a subject to study and learn from? The ultimate lesson is what a righteous gentile can teach the  Jews. as  [Read More]

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Chanukah 2016: A New Antiochus, Same Bloody Ground

December 26, 2016 RAvrech 0

by Robert J. Avrech A Chanukah message from Simon the Maccabee: “We have not taken a foreign land, nor did we take the property of others — for this is the inheritance of our fathers, which was for some time unjustly possessed by our enemies. But we, having the opportunity, returned [Read More]

Christianity

Flashback: Hollywood Celebrates Christmas

December 22, 2016 RAvrech 0

by Robert J. Avrech During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the studios, through newspapers, fan magazines, and trade publications, published photos of their stars celebrating Christmas. In this way, Hollywood—though founded by poor immigrant Jews—assured its vast audience that the motion picture industry was in harmony with Christian America. My wife and [Read More]

Donald Trump

Drama Queens and Faux Fear on the Left

November 29, 2016 RAvrech 1

by Robert J. Avrech Endlessly and tediously we hear about the fear that grips the Hillary dead-enders. They are afraid that Donald Trump is a fascist demagogue. Which is quite weird because these are the very same people who are grief-stricken over the death of the fascist demagogue Fidel Castro.

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My Favorite Veteran, Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech

November 11, 2016 RAvrech 0

by Robert J. Avrech My father, Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech passed away on March 15, 2014. This is the third Veteran’s Day without my father’s physical presence in this world. He is gone, but like all veteran’s certainly not forgotten. Take a moment to ponder the enormous sacrifices made by [Read More]

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Propaganda

October 18, 2016 TheGlitteringEye 0

Most of what Americans know about history, government, politics, and current events they learn from watching television. And most of that is not from watching news or public affairs program but from watching television dramas or even comedies. That television dramas have enormous power in influencing opinion very nearly goes [Read More]

Celebrating Greatness

Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate

October 13, 2016 RAvrech 0

by Robert J. Avrech Yom Kippur was a deeply moving experience. The Jewish liturgy emphasizes personal responsibility. Traditional Jewish prayer—not the watered down liberal versions practiced by the Conservative and Reform movements—is a stark and bracing contrast to this postmodern age where lies are a new truth, slavery is redefined [Read More]

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Jews and Guns

September 19, 2016 RAvrech 0

by Robert J. Avrech Before our son Ariel Chaim ZT”L passed away, age twenty-two, in 2003, we spent a good deal of time discussing the Second Amendment, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Ariel was amazed that so many American Jews–overwhelmingly liberal and secular–aligned themselves with the advocates of gun control, [Read More]

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