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Recalling the menace of May 1967

May 18, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

As the nation prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and the liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights, it is perhaps only natural that our focus is primarily on the miraculous outcome of the June 1967 Six Day War. After 1,900 years of yearning, the Jewish people were at last reunited with the heart of our ancestral homeland, when Divine providence granted Israel a resounding victory over our adversaries.

For the first time since the Roman legions under Titus set Jerusalem aflame, holy places such as the Temple Mount, Shiloh and Hebron were once again under full Jewish sovereignty and control.

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Why can't Jews pray freely in the Jewish state?

May 11, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

A series of troubling incidents in recent weeks has left little room for doubt that one of the central pillars upholding Israeli democracy is increasingly coming under assault.

Indeed, even as the Jewish state likes to boast abroad that every citizen enjoys freedom of worship and free access to the holy places, Israeli security forces have repeatedly curtailed the exercise of that right specifically when it comes to Jews.

This disconcerting development not only flies in the face of Jewish self-respect and common sense, but also runs counter to Israel's raison d'ĂȘtre, and it cannot be allowed to continue.

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From far-off India to the IDF: An immigrant's tale

May 4, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

While much of the nation was engaged in grilling various forms of meat in public parks and enjoying an otherwise peaceful Independence Day earlier this week, one immigrant family was busy setting an example of the true meaning of patriotism.

At a ceremony held in Jerusalem, Staff Sergeant Eliezer Menashe ascended the podium as his relatives looked on, and was granted a Medal of Excellence by President Reuven Rivlin along with more than 100 other IDF soldiers.

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Recalling the hassidic rebbe who pioneered aliya

April 26, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Today, the first day of the Hebrew month of Iyar, marks the anniversary of the passing of one of the unsung heroes of the Jewish people's return to the Land of Israel in the modern era.

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Cheapening the value of Jewish lives

April 21, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Defying any sense of fairness or logic, an Israeli military court earlier this week provided a mortifying example of why Palestinian terrorists have little to fear from the country's justice system.

Despite confessing to opening fire on a group of Jewish worshipers at Joseph's Tomb in Shechem (Nablus), which left one Israeli dead and four others injured, Nuaf Auda was sentenced to just six years in prison.

The leniency of his punishment is simply incomprehensible and underlines the need for the Jewish state to take a tougher line on how terrorists are penalized for their actions.

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