Tuesday, December 07, 2021


The New Drivers of Europe’s Geopolitics and Problems

For the past two weeks, I have focused on the growing fragmentation of Europe. Two weeks ago, the murders in Paris prompted me to write about the fault line between Europe and the Islamic world. Last week, I wrote about the nationalism that is rising in individual European countries after the European Central Bank was forced to allow


The New Old Me

My parents moved into my childhood home five days before I was born. Like the new, adorable baby they brought home from the hospital, the house was new as well (though not as adorable as the baby). Every year, on my birthday, my mother tells the tale of how my older and only sister was throwing up, my grandfather was being taught


Kean College to Present How to Spot One of Us, Joint Exhibition by Daughters of Survivors

Union—Aliza Augustine and Janet R. Kirchheimer, both daughters of Holocaust survivors, have been invited to exhibit their work at Kean University, Human Rights Institute Gallery. Their exhibit, How to Spot One of Us, runs from January 26 through May 18.The opening is Tuesday, February 10 from 5:00 – 7:00pm and is open


Torah She’ba’al Peh and Jewish Values

Eventually, every student of the Talmud will (or at least should) ask himself, and others, the simple question, “Why?” Why learn Gemara? What is the value in analyzing legal conversations that often contain rejected opinions and halachot that don’t apply to us today? Why can’t we just be told what to do? Many of those who have


CJF and Joint Distribution Committee Sends 15 YU Students to Haiti

[Ed. note:] Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF), partnered with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to bring a group of 15 students from Stern and Yeshiva Colleges to assist in Haiti since the devastating earthquake in 2010 that affected more than 3.5 million people. Staffing


The Story of a Real Blizzard

There was a great buzz in the neighborhood, and especially in the media, about the approaching snowstorm. But who really needed to close down two states because of a few snowflakes? As you already know, we both take local snow warnings here with great amazement, especially as we watch the supermarket shelves empty, the rock salt


Remedies for Ineffective Immigration Counsel

The Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees that, in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall “have the assistance of counsel for his defense.” Nearly 200 years later, the Supreme Court decided in a landmark decision, Strickland v. Washington, that the right guaranteed by this amendment is the right to effective assistance


The “Married to Another Man” Story and Zionism

In the introduction to his popular and influential history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World(2000), Oxford University Professor Avi Shlaim tells the following story: “The publication of [Theodore Herzl’s] The Jewish Stateevoked various


Lessons Learned From the Super Bowl

In honor of the Super Bowl we present some life lessons to be gleaned from the game of football. [The first three are based on the lecture of Dr. Yitzy Schechter for the YU Halftime show 2013—Super Bowl XLVII]

1. No game requires as much of a team effort as football. The quarterback needs the


Tax Tips: Driving Down Taxes

Americans love their cars. Case in point: In 1999, a Tennessee man, Buster Mitchell, tried to get married but was denied by county officials. You’re probably thinking, why would they deny poor Buster one of his most fundamental rights? The love of his life was not his high school sweetheart nor was it the woman of his dreams, but


Robot Submarine Looks Under Antarctic to Find Out Why Sea Ice Is Getting Thicker

For several years now climatologists have puzzled over an apparent conundrum: why is Antarctic sea ice continuing to expand, albeit at the relatively slow rate of about one to two percent per decade, while Arctic sea ice has been declining rapidly (by some 13% per decade in late summer)?


Deaf, But Hardly Excluded

A Jewish overnight summer camp may be an experience most Jewish kids have come to expect, but it was with the opening last summer of a program created for deaf Jewish children—the only such program in the world—that they too, will have the same benefit. Now two Israeli deaf children will also get to join, promising to make

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