Shavou'ot (Pentecost) Guide for the Perplexed, 2013
Shavou'ot (Pentecost) was, originally, an agricultural holiday, celebrating the first harvest/fruit by bringing offerings (Bikkurim) to the Temple in Jerusalem. Following the destruction of the second Temple and the resulting exile in 70 AD - which raised the need to entrench Torah awareness in order to avoid spiritual and physical oblivion - Shavou'ot became a historical/religious holiday of the Torah. The Torah played a key role in shaping the US Constitution and the American culture, as well as the foundations of Western democracies.
May 15, 2013 - 7:35:37 PM
What's the Difference? Obama / Nixon
Perhaps Americans have become hardened to scandal and no longer expect honesty from their President. Perhaps if this was a Republican administration, there would be dozens of reporters assigned to get to the bottom of this story and 24/7 coverage would continue until all of the facts were exposed.
May 10, 2013 - 6:21:18 AM
Beware of Arabs selling oceanfront property in Arizona
Those who welcome the Arab League proposal demonstrate suspension of disbelief. They subordinate reality to wishful-thinking, urging Israel to assume tangible lethal risks in return for an intangible agreement. They ignore the lessons of the 1993 Oslo Accord -- replete with intensified Palestinian hate education, terrorism and the abrogation of agreements -- as well as the last three years on the tumultuous, boiling, seismic Arab Street. Western policy-makers and public opinion molders call upon Israel to commit to "painful concessions" in the most conflict-ridden region in the world. They would never assume such concessions in their own less violent regions.
May 5, 2013 - 12:10:26 AM
City Officials to blame for 20 deaths in Chicago
Not long ago, NRA's President Wayne LaPierre noted Chicago had the nation's toughest gun laws, yet was failing to enforce them. He noted that if federal gun laws already on the books were enforced, instead of putting even more restrictions on gun legal ownership, it could help solve the city's violence problems.
May 3, 2013 - 6:36:32 AM
The orphan on the White House step
Eight months after the attack on our consulate, many of the key players involved in the decisions on Libya have distanced themselves from the administration. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has retired, so have Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and CIA Director David Petraeus. Senior National Security Advisor, Samantha Power & UN Ambassador Susan Rice, both resigned to "spend more time with their families." Many of the top military commanders in that region of the world have been replaced.
May 2, 2013 - 6:35:15 AM
Israel - United We Can Achieve It!
We write good articles full of facts supporting the rights of Israel to exist and exposing the lies of our enemies, protest anti-Israel media bias, sign an endless stream of petitions, call our political representatives and still wonder why nothing has changed. Meanwhile, the situation in Israel is getting worse!
May 2, 2013 - 6:27:52 AM
The Other Immigrants
One can imagine, then, how uneasy it must be for these people to hear the President of the United States use phrases like "social justice," "for the greater good," "spread the wealth around," "pay your fair share," and "shared sacrifice." They have heard these phrases before. They know exactly what those words mean. They recognize the code words for communism, the very system which they left their homelands to get away from -- and now, by all appearances, the powers-that-be in America seem to be bent on imposing that very system in the country long touted as the Land of the Free.
Apr 28, 2013 - 5:20:11 AM
When Terrorism is not Terrorism
The attitude by the present administration is eerily similar to what the Clinton administration had, that lead up to the 9/11/2001 terror attacks. Criminalizing terror is in fact ignoring the active war being waged against our country and western society. As if we don't name it, then it doesn't really exist. The Obama administration still refers to the slaughter of American soldiers at Ft. Hood Texas by Major Hassan, as workplace violence, even though he had ties to radical Islam and he was uttering Allah Akhbar as he squeezed the trigger killing our unarmed soldiers.
Apr 26, 2013 - 5:30:13 AM
At 65 Israel Defies Global Economic Meltdown
While most of the world is afflicted by an economic meltdown, Israel demonstrates fiscal responsibility, sustained economic growth with no stimulus package and a conservative, well-regulated banking system with no banking or real estate bubble. At 65, Israel's credit rating is sustained by the three leading global credit rating companies: Standard and Poor's (S&P), Moody's and Fitch Ratings . Moreover, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) commends Israel's economic performance and expressed confidence in its long-term viability.
Apr 23, 2013 - 8:31:55 AM
Securing our Borders
That's 20 million people who entered our country, most without permission and we do not know who they are, or where they are. That's a recipe for disaster when it comes to terror potential. This administration keeps patting itself on the back and saying our borders are more secure now than ever. But the truth is, the job they are doing is totally unacceptable. We already know there are drug and smuggling corridors openly used between Mexico and our border states. It is relatively easy to cross the border in many areas and that puts our national security at risk.
Apr 21, 2013 - 12:20:44 AM
The Devil in the Details of New Immigration Bill
Last time there was a headlong rush to pass legislation in Washington, Obamacare was birthed. 2,500 pages of excruciating small print, plopped on legislators desks just days before they were expected to vote on it. 2,500 pages purchased with "sweeteners," "arm twisting" and coercion. Almost all of it done behind closed doors. The new immigration bill is reportedly 1,500 pages long already and it too has been negotiated in secret behind closed doors, by the gang of 8 bi partisan Senators.
Apr 16, 2013 - 2:51:05 AM
America: The Addicted Nation
America's insatiable desire to get high, has kept our prisons full. Many of those incarcerated, abused drugs or alcohol; which may have accounted for the criminal behavior that landed them in prison…Perhaps they were involved in the sale and marketing of drugs, or were themselves the end users.
Apr 12, 2013 - 9:30:33 AM
Benghazi: Special Forces warriors demand answers
Why are so many agencies now requiring their personnel that were involved in or have access to information regarding the events that took place in Benghazi sign Non-Disclosure Agreements? Even though the main stream media and the Obama administration seem to want to forget about this, a large segment of the American population doesn't... and they are demanding answers.
Apr 9, 2013 - 3:45:18 AM
Israel's Jewish Demography Defies Conventions
On March 21, 2013, President Obama stated at the Jerusalem Convention Center: "Given the demographics west of the Jordan River, the only way for Israel to endure and thrive as a Jewish and democratic state is through the realization of an independent and viable Palestine."
Apr 7, 2013 - 6:19:05 AM
Kelsey Grammer as "Boss" targetted by Hostile Hollywood?
Grammer, an unapologetic republican, has publicly stated his conservative political leaning has made him a target in Hollywood and might have something to do with the shows cancellation. He also thought his politics had something to do with his Emmy snub last year, after he earned a Golden Globe for the role.
Apr 7, 2013 - 6:09:39 AM
President Obama's immigration reform ploy
The hypocrite Senator Schumer, couldn't have been caught at a more inopportune moment when he and Senator McCain recently stood in front of the border fence in Arizona for photo ops. Just when the pictures were being taken, an alien from Mexico climbed over the fence and entered the US illegally. This could make Schumer the poster child for non secure borders.
Apr 3, 2013 - 8:39:23 AM
Resurrection of the Bible in full swing.
Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett are setting records with their extraordinary Bible mini series. The series outperforms all other television shows on Sunday nights, reaching close to 80 million viewers with its first three installments alone.
Mar 31, 2013 - 12:20:41 AM
Passover Guide for the Perplexed 2013
Passover has four names: The holiday of Pesach ("Passed-over" and "sacrifice" in Hebrew), the holiday of liberty, the holiday of Matzah and the holiday of spring. The number 4 features in the Passover Saga, representing the four women who shaped the life of Moses (Batyah -- Pharaoh's daughter, his savior, Yocheved - his mother, Miriam - his sister and Ziporah -- Jethro's daughter, his wife); Joseph's four enslavements- twice to the Midianties, once to the Ishmaelites and once in Egypt; the 4 times that the word "cup" was mentioned by Pharaoh's jailed wine-butler when recounting his dream to Joseph; the 4 Sons (human characters) of the Haggadah; the 4 glasses of wine drunk on the eve of Passover; the 4 Questions asked on the eve of Passover and the 4 stages of the divine deliverance from Egyptian bondage. The 4th Hebrew letter is an acronym of God.
Mar 27, 2013 - 11:06:15 PM
CBS assaults America with communist propaganda
But what about the contestants on the show? Didn't it even dawn on them that they were useful idiots in a choreographed propaganda piece used to hurt their country? Why didn't one of them stand up and refuse to be a part of it? A shame on CBS, Amazing Race, it's producers and contestants.
Mar 24, 2013 - 10:14:25 PM
Arafat learned from Ireland's Michael Collins.
According to the group known as the "Committee for Accuracy in Mideast Reporting in America," Arafat is the father of modern day terrorism. Perhaps that is why Sean Hannity echoed that opinion today on his radio show, as he railed against the President getting caught under the Arafat poster. But modern day terror tactics were not an invention of Yasir Arafat, they were in fact invented by Ireland's military leader and brilliant tactician, Michael Collins
Mar 24, 2013 - 9:55:35 PM
U.S. big city political corruption
Democrats are fighting tooth and nail, any efforts to clean up our election system. Just the simple act of proving you are an American citizen to vote, is being fought all of the way up to the Supreme Court by the Obama administration, in its attempt to thwart Arizona's voter ID laws.
Mar 20, 2013 - 9:33:39 AM
Americans expect a friendlier policy on Israel
According to The Hill, which features a Pulse Opinion Research poll, "The President's support for Israel was found wanting by many voters.... Three times as many voters believe that the Obama administration is not supportive enough of Israel [39%] as believe it is too supportive [13%]...."
Mar 16, 2013 - 7:15:56 AM
Korea threatens us with nukes.
Last week North Korea cancelled the armistice it had with South Korea and declared their right to launch a preemptive nuclear strike on the US in retaliation for new sanctions imposed on them.
Mar 16, 2013 - 7:02:29 AM
Holy Smoke ushers in Pope Francis
The white smoke billowing out of the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaled a changing of the guard for the Catholic Church. Acknowledging the almost half billion Catholics who live in Latin America, the council of Cardinals finally recognized the "new world" by electing Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, as the next Pope.
Mar 13, 2013 - 9:07:53 PM
Is this story just too horrific to bury?
Over the weekend it was announced that Chinese officials were fishing the carcasses of 2,800 dead pigs out of the Huangpu River. This river bisects Shanghai and is a source of drinking water for the city's 23 million residents.
Mar 12, 2013 - 8:21:07 AM
"He's as dumb as an ashtray"
In Zev Chafets' new book, "Roger Ailes: Off Camera," excerpts are released on the Vanity Fair website. In the book, Ailes is an equal opportunity detractor of Washington leadership, not only comparing Joe Bidens self described vaunted "genius" as being equal to that of an ashtray, he also has a scathing evaluation of President Obama.
Mar 6, 2013 - 10:18:59 PM
Outcome Based Education - Hold Colleges Accountable
Let's use some outcome based education for a change. If you are going to let a student burden him/herself with a huge debt in order to graduate from your school, you should have some skin in the game. Colleges should have to guarantee these loans, instead of laying that debt off onto taxpayers if the student defaults. Perhaps there would be a change in admissions, stricter standards and heavier counseling.
Mar 5, 2013 - 11:02:21 PM
President Obama, beware of benevolent ethnocentrism
On the eve of President Obama's visit to the Middle East, he should examine the damage, to vital US economic and national security interests, caused by benevolent ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism -- judging other cultures by one's own standards -- is morally wrong, especially when motivated by superiority complex or racism. Benevolent ethnocentrism -- the assumption that other cultures are ready to embrace one's own standards and worldview - is morally flawed and strategically self-destructive.
Mar 3, 2013 - 2:35:47 AM
The Hagel Finagle
"You have a budget of $660 billion a year. It's a place that should be run by people who have spent their entire life learning these processes, and unfortunately, Mr. Hagel hasn't spent much more than two years in the Army; 45 years ago. That does not qualify him to run the most complex armed forces in the world today." Unfortunately, if the last two presidential elections are proof of anything, during this period of American politics qualifications have little or no bearing.
Mar 2, 2013 - 5:41:34 AM
"se.ques.ter": To isolate, or hide away
Sequester. Since we are getting bombarded with the word, I decided to look it up to see what it means in the dictionary. In its noun form, it is a general cut to government spending. In the verb, it means to isolate or hide away. In this case I think it's use is the verb and the truth is hidden away.
Feb 28, 2013 - 6:21:15 AM
Time for the Oscars to have a "best of" politicians category
Presidential campaigns are heavily choreographed; every word for a campaign speech is carefully scripted and inserted in the teleprompter. Crowds (extras) are bussed in, the locations carefully selected and decorated for maximum impact, including the use of Greek columns.... All hallmarks of Hollywood.
Feb 25, 2013 - 9:33:06 PM
Dread Scott decision-Florida Governor caves on Obamacare
Longtime foe of Obamacare, Florida Governor Rick Scott, did an about face and agreed to implement the first step of it yesterday. The Governors decision shocked many republican leaders around the country as many of them jostle with the unpopular health care program.
Feb 22, 2013 - 12:13:12 AM
The case for Judea and Samaria
The inquiry, which was conducted by the "International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory," accuses Israel of carrying out a policy of "total segregation" and "systemic discrimination against the Palestinian people." It asserts that the Jewish state has committed "serious breaches of its obligations under the right to self-determination and under humanitarian law" and demands that Israel "immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers."
Feb 21, 2013 - 9:05:10 AM
Sandy aid shows, Irish sit in the back of the Democrat party bus
The Irish American coalition used to have great sway in the Democrat party. But some high profile Irish Americans weren't even invited to a traditional St Patricks special event dinner in Obamas 1st term.
Feb 20, 2013 - 12:30:57 AM
With Her Dead Baby in Her Arms, Sarah Renewed Jewish Burial in Hebron
Nachshon came to the cemetery with her dead infant, and with a large crowd following her. The military commander there could not halt the funeral procession and the burial in the cemetery. Nachshon's infant was the first of the Jews to be buried in the ancient cemetery in modern times.
Feb 19, 2013 - 6:23:00 AM
Unity Needed Behind One Zionist Vision!
During his speech Moshe Feiglin, head of the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) faction of the Likud party, informed delegates that the amount of money Israel has spent on security since the Oslo Accords could pay every Arab family $500,000 to relocate from Jewish land (most of them would have happily moved out for much less)! The need for such expenditure is clear evidence that, in spite of all efforts and concessions Israel has made, the walls it has built and advanced weapons it has developed, Arabs will never agree to peaceful co-existence with Jews - not just Jews!
Feb 19, 2013 - 6:14:16 AM
The religion of "peace" isn't so peaceful
Violent oppression of Christians has become the norm in Muslim-majority nations, especially in Africa and the Middle East. In some countries it is government sanctioned violence that burns down churches and imprison parishioners.
Feb 17, 2013 - 12:10:46 AM
Fox Finds Lost Politicians
Where do failed politicians go after they've been rejected by their electorate? It seems Fox News is their new destination. To help ratings, Fox has been shifting the face of its commentators steadily more to the left in order to keep it more "fair and balanced."
Feb 15, 2013 - 3:30:42 AM
President Obama's visit to Israel -- continuity or change?
The Middle East has defied Obama's assumptions and world view. None of Obama's Middle East goals were achieved, highlighting the increasingly violent and unpredictable anti-US Islamic Street, totally independent of the Palestinian issue. The tumultuous Islamic Winter -- from the Atlantic Ocean to the Persian Gulf -- has further accentuated Israel as the only stable, predictable, commercially and militarily capable, innovative, democratic and unconditional ally of the US.
Feb 10, 2013 - 1:10:40 AM
Obama CIA appointee mugged by senators
One issue that was brought up and should be squarely focused upon in the next hearing, are the murders of our personnel in Benghazi. The Obama administration, including Brennan, has been given a pass on this by the main stream media. It has been too long for the Obama administration to come forward with the truth on this.
Feb 10, 2013 - 1:07:38 AM