Two decades ago this week on the Hebrew calendar, a typical Thursday in downtown Jerusalem was instantly transformed into a horrifying day of carnage when a Palestinian suicide bomber entered a crowded Sbarro pizza restaurant intent on committing mass murder.
It was on the 20th of Av, or August 9, 2001, that Izz al-Din Shuheil al-Masri, a 22-year-old Palestinian from a well-to-do family, detonated an estimated five to 10 kilograms of explosives hidden inside a guitar, killing 15 people and injuring 130 others. Two of the dead, 15-year-old Malki Roth and Shoshana Greenbaum, who was pregnant at the time, were US citizens.
For the past 15 years, hundreds of Subbotnik Jews in the village of Vysoky in southern Russia have been languishing in limbo, anxiously awaiting the opportunity to make aliyah and be reunited with their loved ones in the Jewish state.
Although untold numbers moved to Israel over the past century without any problems, inexplicable bureaucratic hurdles arose in the early 2000s, and their immigration has been stalled ever since.
With a new Israeli government now in place, the time has come to remove the obstacles in their path and save Russia's Subbotnik Jews before it is too late.
In the sweep of history, 76 years is a blip on the screen, a relatively brief stretch of time too short to excuse a willful and utter disregard for the past.
It is precisely this basic truth that makes Poland's latest assault on the legacy of the Holocaust so thoroughly contemptible.
Last week, the lower house of the Polish parliament, known as the Sejm, passed a bill that would effectively erase any claims to property restitution connected with the murder of six million Jews.
On the surface, the legislation appears rather banal, as it makes no explicit mention of Jews or the genocide committed against them, much of which took place on Polish soil.
It was 40 years ago this month that Israel launched a daring raid to take out the Osirak nuclear reactor that Saddam Hussein was building outside of Baghdad.
The attack shocked the world and underlined the Jewish state's willingness to employ audacious measures to preserve its interests, even at the expense of international opprobrium.
Our present leadership has been terrified by the prospect of a group of young Jews waving Israeli flags while walking in the heart of Jerusalem lest it cause affront to a gang of terrorists in Gaza.
The contrast in resolve is so stark and worrisome that it raises a disconcerting question.