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When will American Jews stop ignoring the Bnei Menashe Jews?

September 22, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Having recently celebrated his 90th birthday, Mendel Kingbol has a great deal for which to be thankful.

Residing in Afula, he fulfilled a life-long dream when he made aliya from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram a decade ago.

With an abiding faith in God, 43 beautiful grandchildren living throughout the Jewish state, and several great-grandchildren too, Kingbol would appear to have every conceivable reason to bask in a sense of contentment as he enjoys his golden years.

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Stop the crackdown on China's Jews

September 8, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Over the past two years, a series of disturbing developments has taken place in Kaifeng, China, one that threatens the future of the city's tiny Chinese Jewish community. Inexplicably, certain local authorities have launched what can only be described as a crackdown on any expression of Jewish life in Kaifeng, and it is time for Israel and world Jewry to speak out and raise this issue with Beijing.

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The Princeton 'man ban'

September 1, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

In the 26 years since I tossed my tasseled cap into the air along with hundreds of other proud graduates of Princeton University, I have never felt as ashamed of my revered Ivy League alma mater as I did this past month. In a move that seems almost to have been designed to tarnish the vaunted institution's reputation, the school's Office of Human Resources issued a document entitled "Guidelines for Using Gender Inclusive Language" that quickly became a running joke, as well as a starkly sad commentary on the state of American liberalism.

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Waking up Angela Merkel in Wonderland

August 24, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Anyone looking for compelling proof that European civilization is hurtling inexorably towards its own self-inflicted demise need only listen to the utterly inane remarks made last week by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Speaking at a campaign event in northern Germany, Merkel insisted – apparently with a straight face – that the recent upsurge in Islamic jihadist terrorist attacks that has left many Germans on edge had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the flood of over a million refugees from Syria and the Middle East that have overrun her country over the past year.

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Tisha Be'av, a day of delight?

August 9, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

This coming Saturday night, Jews around the world will gather together to commemorate Tisha Be'av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, when we recall many of the frightful tragedies that have befallen our people down through history.

Since the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av falls out this year on Shabbat, the observance of the fast day is deferred until the evening.

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