A Torah Perspective on Lion Hunting

August 9, 2015, by

The recent killing of an African lion (”Cecil”) in Zimbabwe by American dentist Walter Palmer is despicable on so many levels. Dr. Palmer lured the lion outside of its legally protective habitat, shot it with a crossbow, and then stalked the maimed and pained lion for 40 hours, until finally gunning it down, skinning and

Extraordinary People Posing as Ordinary, All Around Us

August 9, 2015, by

A few years ago, I was leaving Shul after davening Shacharis one morning when an older gentleman in our community stopped me and asked if I had a minute to talk. The truth was, I was running late and barely had time to say hello let alone entertain an entire conversation.  But, he seemed so

Unearthing Gath, City of Goliath

August 9, 2015, by

Archeologists at Bar Ilan University made a startling discovery last week: remnants of the ancient city of Gath, the city of Goliath. Led by Professor Aren Maeir of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at the University, the excavations of the ancient city of Gath were conducted in the Tel

Love Even in War

August 7, 2015, by

After last year’s War in Gaza, I was speaking to a soldier in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) who served in the elite Golani Battalion. I asked the soldier if he was scared; and if he was, how did he deal with his fear. The soldier replied that he was scared during the war. He

Ask Aviva: Hating the Green-Eyed Monster

August 6, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I have a wonderful dear friend who is amazing in all ways except for just one. But that one is a biggie, as it is one of the Ten Commandments! My friend is a coveter. She covets the things in my home, my car, my style—you name it! At times I find it

Speaking Out Against the Iran Deal: Nathan Diament on Fox News

August 6, 2015, by

This week, OU Advocacy Executive Director Nathan Diament and other Jewish leaders met with President Barack Obama to discuss their concerns about the Iran Deal. Diament told Fox News that they had a “spirited and intense exchange” with the President about the Iran Deal. “If nothing else, the President cannot deny that this deal gives

Jew in the City’s 2015 Orthodox Jewish All-Stars

August 5, 2015, by

Each year, Allison Josephs, the blogger behind the popular Jew in the City, honors several Orthodox Jews for their contributions in breaking down stereotypes. Here are this year’s honorees: Baroness Rosalind Altmann, U.K. minister of pensions; Ahmed Zayat, owner of American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown-winning thoroughbred racehorse in thirty-seven years; and Ilana Wernick, Emmy

Lion Hunters Vs. Hyena Lynchers

August 4, 2015, by

Does the brutal killing of an innocent and endangered wild animal, done for no purpose other than to satisfy the blood lust of the killers, cause global outrage? That depends. Everyone has heard about the horrible killing of Cecil the lion. A google search returns over 43million hits. Nearly half a million people have signed

A Holocaust Survivor’s German Rifle

August 3, 2015, by

After the 1991 Gulf War – during which I gathered real-time information about Saddam’s Scud assaults for Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Nachman Shai – I earned my first military leave. Friends invited me to reef dive Eilat’s crystal clear Red Sea and bodysurf Caesarea’s Roman aqueduct-framed beach. To everyone’s surprise, including my grandfather’s, I opted

Does History Need to Be True?

August 3, 2015, by

From the Orthodox Jewish perspective, history is a means to an end rather than a goal in itself. There is no similar concept to Torah for its own sake–history for its own sake. This translates into two different utilitarian attitudes. One sees history as a source of inspiration, a method of increasing devotion to religious

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