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Europe's occupation hypocrisy

February 9, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

After Monday's passage of the law aimed at regulating certain land issues in Judea and Samaria, Israel's ostensible friends in Europe wasted little time before lambasting the Jewish state in remarkably harsh terms. Mustering all the vitriol at their disposal, which appears to be boundless when the subject is Israel, the leaders of the Continent went on a rhetorical rampage that was as obscene as it was offensive.

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Amona shall rise again

February 2, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

As the security forces descended on Amona on Wednesday with orders to expel the town's Jewish residents, it was hard to overlook the bitter irony of the move's timing. For it was precisely 11 years ago, on February 1, 2006, that then-prime minister Ehud Olmert carried out the destruction of the Amona community in a whirlwind of violence and bloodshed that shocked the nation.

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The silent screams of Inquisition victims in Sicily

January 19, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Towering over the Piazza Marina near the sea in Palermo, Sicily, stands an ornate medieval structure that conceals within its walls chilling evidence of one of the darkest chapters in European history.

With its crenellated walls and imposing fortress-like architecture, the Palazzo Chiaramonte, or Steri Palace as it is better known, is one of the coastal city's most prominent sites, a place drenched in a torment that many would prefer to forget.

From 1601 to 1782, the site served as the headquarters of the "Holy Inquisition," an institution that used decidedly unholy means to hunt down suspected heretics, sectarians and of course secret Judaizers, or crypto-Jews.

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The success and failure of Orthodox Judaism

December 22, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Seemingly by every measure, this is a time of triumph for Orthodox Judaism in the United States. Just five decades after being written off as a relic of the past, Orthodoxy in America is on the upswing, spiritually, demographically, socially and economically.

More Torah is being studied on the continent than at any time since the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus.

Minyanim have proliferated to the extent that there are apps to help one locate the closest mincha or maariv service, and you can even join one during the seventh-inning stretch at numerous baseball stadiums throughout the country.

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A soldier's father and his smartphone

December 9, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

It was the middle of the day when the WhatsApp arrived, accompanied by that familiar ring which indicates that someone, somewhere, has sent you a message.

In our eventful everyday existence, that charming little "ding" often serves as a form of soothing background music, one whose chime seems to fade in and out of our consciousness from morning till evening, reminding us that we are never truly alone or isolated.

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