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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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Meeting Pope Francis

August 4, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

This past Sunday, in a large and elegantly-appointed room in the heart of Krakow, Poland, I found myself doing something I never imagined I would do: meeting with the pope.

A group of a dozen or so Jews, headed by Poland's inimitable chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, was given the opportunity to confer with the head of the Catholic Church, who just two days previously had paid a highly-publicized visit to the Auschwitz death camp.

After gathering outside the residence of the archbishop in an afternoon downpour, we were led through a grand courtyard and taken inside a building with a palatial interior.

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Obama and the war on air-conditioning

July 28, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Buffeted by two raucous political conventions, most Americans may not have noticed that their government last week declared war on home appliances.

In remarks that may very well go down in the history of indoor refrigeration, US Secretary of State John Kerry equated the environmental effects of electronic cooling machines with the threat posed by Islamic jihadist terrorism to Western civilization.

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Tunnels of teaching and terrorism

July 21, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

There is a short video making the rounds on the Internet, the kind of audiovisual presentation that serves as a painful reminder, as if one were needed, of the depths of evil that Israel and the West now face.

Produced by Hamas to commemorate two years since the start of Operation Protective Edge, when Israel was compelled to enter Gaza to put a halt to rocket attacks that were terrorizing the country, the two-minute clip speaks volumes about the depravity of our foes and their fiendish vision for the future.

The film takes place entirely underground, in one of the Hamas tunnels that was built in the Gaza neighborhood of Sajiya.

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