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Demography and Jewish destiny

April 4, 2018  •  Jerusalem Post

The otherwise arcane subject of demography made quite a splash in recent days, thanks in no small measure to a courageous report prepared by a committee established by the Diaspora Affairs Ministry.

Tasked with exploring how the government should relate to millions of people around the world with Jewish ancestry, the committee did not shy away from tackling the crucial subject head on, offering a variety of practical recommendations to strengthen the connection between Israel and "lost Jews." These included ideas ranging from encouraging more academic research on the subject to facilitating visits to the Jewish state by those with a historical connection with the people of Israel.

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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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