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Zionist 'nachas'

March 16, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

Since the dawn of Jewish history, Jewish parents have been on a perpetual quest, a seemingly never-ending search for that priceless mixture of pride and joy at a child's accomplishments known by the Yiddish term "nachas."

As with many words from that emotive and expressive tongue, nachas is difficult to translate, yet delightfully easy to comprehend. It is that warm feeling that envelops the entire body and touches the inner recesses of the soul when one's son or daughter achieves something that epitomizes the values and beliefs, the goals and hopes, with which they were raised.

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AIPAC throws Israel under the bus

March 8, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

Each year, thousands of pro-Israel activists gather in Washington for the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference. Like a mini-Zionist amusement park, it offers attendees lots of thrills, hustle and bustle as well as the opportunity to have an immersive and enjoyable experience.

But this week, at AIPAC's most recent confab, Howard Kohr, the leader of the vaunted pro-Israel group, delivered remarks that were akin to a bolt of lightning striking the main roller coaster and setting it aflame.

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Iceland's declaration of war on Judaism

February 25, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

In an unprecedented move, Iceland's parliamentarians are reportedly considering a bill that amounts to nothing less than a direct assault on the Jewish faith.

Incredibly, the proposed law would not only ban the circumcision of male infants, but would criminalize the act and make it punishable by up to six years in prison.

Iceland's authorities might as well hang a large sign in the arrivals terminal at Reykjavik airport saying, "No Jews or Muslims allowed."

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Thank you, Vice President Pence

January 28, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

Standing at the podium in the Knesset this past Monday, US Vice President Mike Pence gave one of the most remarkable speeches about Israel ever delivered by a foreign dignitary.

Indeed, his message of support for the Jewish state was so heartfelt and genuine, and at times even lyrical, that anyone who cares about Israel's standing in the world should take 30 minutes out of his or her busy schedule to watch, listen and learn.

Condensed into that half-hour was a brilliant mix of principle and policy, history and hope, one that went far beyond the standard parameters of routine oratory.

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Time to impose sanctions on the Palestinian Terror Authority

January 14, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

A Palestinian gunman near Nablus (Shechem) unleashed a hail of 21 bullets at an Israeli car on Tuesday – an atrocity that should prompt a thorough reassessment of how Jerusalem and Washington view the hostile entity known as the Palestinian Authority.

With the pull of a trigger, the terrorist murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach, 35, turning his wife into a widow and his six small children – all under the age of 10 – into orphans, denying them the love of a father and destroying their innocence and childhood.

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