Debate, Schmebate

First, given Donald Trump's diabolical performance, it’s hard to conceive of anyone voting for him for any reason other than implacable opposition to Hillary Clinton and fear of her worst excesses.

Second, that both candidates have a completely different understanding of national security; for Trump, it starts at home, with the first line of defense, while for Clinton, it hinges upon America's global alliances. 


Posted on September 29, 2016 and filed under Opinion, News.

Israel and the world mourn “founding father” Shimon Peres

The state of Israel, as well as dignitaries and Jewish groups around the world, are mourning the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, who passed away on Wednesday two weeks after suffering a massive stroke. He was 93 years old. 

Posted on September 28, 2016 and filed under Israel, World.

How exiled Spanish and Portuguese Jews are returning home to Israel

Among the world's estimated 100 million to 150 million Beni Anusim (descendants of forced Sephardi Jewish converts to Christianity), some from Spanish and Portuguese communities are reconnecting to their roots in Israel.


Posted on September 28, 2016 and filed under Jewish Life, Christian, Features.

The phony threat of a "Palestinian majority"

A group advocating Palestinian statehood took out a full-page ad in The New York Times last week to warn that there will be "a Palestinian majority" in Israel in less than a decade unless such a state is created. A reader of the ad might think he had fallen into a time warp and ended up sometime prior to the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords.



Posted on September 28, 2016 and filed under Opinion, Israel.

Jewish news year in review: 5776

As Rosh Hashanah approaches and the Jewish calendar turns to 5777, takes a look at the biggest Jewish news stories covered over the past year.


Posted on September 27, 2016 and filed under High Holidays, Israel, News.

Unmasking George Soros and his antagonism toward Israel

By secretly dispersing his money to influence politicians and the media, Billionaire George Soros hopes to drive a wedge between America and Israel without anyone noticing. This approach is wrongheaded and shameful. And it’s not new.


Posted on September 26, 2016 and filed under Opinion, Israel.

Palestinians say 'two states' but not 'for two peoples'

Palestinian Authority officials who speak of "two states for two peoples" when addressing Western audiences, leave out the words "for two peoples" when speaking in Arabic to a different audience because they don't recognize Israel's right to exist as a permanent Jewish state, experts said.


Posted on September 26, 2016 and filed under News, Israel.

Israel's education system, a tool for economic productivity, unity

In the wake of a recent controversial decision where haredi (ultra-Orthodox) students in Israel are missing out on the secular education they need to succeed in the modern employment market, education experts say more is needed to bring together students of diverse backgrounds and level the playing field with an eye toward the country’s future.




Posted on September 26, 2016 and filed under Israel, Education.

What you need to know about Israel's Christian minority

Jonathan Elkoury, who fled the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah's rule in his homeland,  says that to improve the life of Christians everywhere, Israeli Christians should speak out about their positive experiences as minorities in the Holy Land.

Posted on September 23, 2016 and filed under Israel Girl, Christian, Opinion.

Remembering Joan Davenny while a university honors her killers

The name, Joan Edelstein Davenny, is relatively unknown outside of the Connecticut community where she was a teacher and among her family and friends who knew her. Joan was one of the victims of an August 21, 1995 suicide bomb attack on a downtown Jerusalem bus. A little research on Joan shows that she grew up in San Francisco, Calif. So it’s shocking to me that a major university in San Francisco is partnering with a Palestinian university that honors the killers of a prominent San Francisco woman, writes columnist Stephen Flatow. 

Posted on September 22, 2016 and filed under Israel, Opinion.

Is Berkeley's course on Palestine the end of history?

With the off-again on-again University of California, Berkeley course, "Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis," credits are awarded based on "assignments, group presentation and participation" – which means that if you attend a demonstration and burn an Israeli flag, you'll be on your way to an "A" grade, writes columnist Ben Cohen. 


Posted on September 21, 2016 and filed under Opinion, Israel.

Destroy ISIS by creating a secular homeland, group says

A new organization, The Committee to Destroy ISIS, believes an alternative is needed to defeat the terror group. They propose creating a secular homeland for Sunni Muslims and other minority groups in western Iraq. spoke with the organization’s executive director, Sam Patten, to get his thoughts on the current situation in Iraq and how the U.S., including the next president, can successfully destroy ISIS.

Posted on September 21, 2016 and filed under News, World.

Compelling tale of Christians saving WWII Jews in new Ken Burns film

The story of two of these honored heroes, American minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife, Martha, is brought to life in the new Ken Burns film, “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War,” airing Sept. 20 on PBS stations nationwide.

The Sharps' grandson, Artemis Joukowsky, co-directed the compelling new documentary with Burns, which sheds light on how the couple saved refugees from Nazi persecution while the war raged on in Europe.

Posted on September 20, 2016 and filed under Holocaust, Film Review.

Jewish Agency's future in question with Sharansky's departure

News that Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet refusenik, will leave the Jewish Agency next year has fueled discussion of the continuing relevance of the quasi-governmental entity, whose role in the wider Jewish world has come under fire in some quarters, following a series of high-profile financial and political setbacks during his tenure.


Posted on September 19, 2016 and filed under Israel, News.

More retired U.S. generals and admirals line up for Trump

The compelling life story of retired Green Beret Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow, the only Holocaust survivor who became an American general, is driving his effort to collect signatures from other U.S. generals and admirals on an open letter of endorsement for Donald Trump.  

Posted on September 16, 2016 and filed under News, Holocaust.