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Horror and Heroism at Homesh

January 14, 2022  •  Jerusalem Post

It is a short clip, barely 24 seconds long, that was neither filmed professionally nor with a steady hand. But perhaps because the footage is so raw and so shocking, and the reality that it reveals is so brutal, is what makes it essential viewing for every Israeli.

The video was taken on January 10, when Border Police officers and soldiers once again returned to Homesh, the Jewish community that was needlessly destroyed as part of Ariel Sharon's 2005 expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif and northern Samaria.

A yeshiva student, Yehuda Smotrich, can be seen lying down passively, as officers kick, punch and scream at him before lustily and violently wrenching him upward off the ground.

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There is nothing quite like the uniqueness of a Jewish wedding

December 31, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

There are moments in life of such profound significance that they become indelibly etched into your memory, never to fade away into the mists of the past.

Standing under the huppah and watching your child get married is just such an event, pristine in its joy. Indeed, the unadulterated purity of the setting, the sanctity of the hour, makes the sense of destiny almost tangible.

Last week, I merited to have such an elevated experience, when the second of my sons and his fiancée were wed. It was a traditional Jewish affair, with energetic dancing and spirited song, full of verve and vitality that stretched well into the wee hours of the night.

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The Palestinian land grab of Judea and Samaria

December 17, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

Earlier this week, in a meeting at the Knesset, new data was revealed that should set off alarm bells concerning Israel's future.

At a hearing held by the parliamentary Land of Israel Caucus, Meir Deutsch, director-general of the Regavim movement, unveiled his organization's findings regarding illegal Palestinian construction in Area C, the portion of Judea and Samaria that is under full Israeli military and civilian control.

The startling statistics show that in just the past two years, from 2019 to 2021, the Palestinians have built a whopping 5,907 illegal structures in Area C, which averages out to seven new illicit buildings per day, or about one every three hours.

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Israel's growing intermarriage problem

December 3, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

It is the bane of much of world Jewry, a phenomenon growing worse with each passing year, one that poses a grave threat to the future of the entire Jewish people.

For the past few decades, scholars, activists and educators throughout the Diaspora have grappled with the challenge of soaring intermarriage rates, warning of the dire consequences for Jewish identity and continuity.

And while Israel had largely been immune to this peril, over the past few decades, new data indicates that may no longer be the case.

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It's time to speak out for China's beleaguered Jews

November 19, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

Later this month, Jews around the world will gather to celebrate the festival of Hanukkah in places as far afield as Tehran, Toronto and Tokyo.

Continuing a tradition dating back to the Second Temple period, they will kindle lights for eight nights, recalling the miracles of old and seeking to inspire a new generation to carry the torch of Jewish identity into the future.

But there is one small community that will be unable to mark the festival this year, a tiny, beleaguered group whose most basic rights are inexplicably being repressed: the few hundred remaining Chinese Jews of Kaifeng, China.

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