Monday, April 19, 2021


Staying at Home on Election Day is Too Expensive

Now that we are past Election Day, I think the clearest message to come out of the elections is “just show up.”

For the past three years, the New Jersey team of OU Advocacy?the public policy arm of the Orthodox Union?has reached out to the New Jersey Jewish community to stress the importance of


Danny Ayalon: ‘Israel Security is Strong, and the US-Israel Alliance is Unbreakable’

On November 5 I hosted Ambassador Danny Ayalon, Former Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States, and the Rennert Visiting Professor of Foreign Policy Studies at Yeshiva University, on “JM in the AM.”

While I originally booked Ambassador Ayalon to hear his thoughts on


Why Israel Matters to Me, Even If I’m Not Jewish

I was thrilled as a young boy to watch the rebirth of Israel. I knew of the Holocaust; pictures of people suffering and dead in the camps sent shivers up my spine. I celebrated with Jewish friends in Philadelphia when Israeli independence was declared in 1948. But it wasn’t the same, really, because I’m not Jewish. For Jews, supporting


Israel’s War with the U.S.

Three wars made blips on Israel’s radar screen this week, and then disappeared. Israel has been conducting two out of the three wars against its will. One is the war against Iran’s nuclear plans, which played on the imaginations of many observers Oct. 6 when reports emerged about a tremendous and mysterious explosion at the secretive


The United States Congressional Elections: The Significance for Israel

INSS Insight No. 627, reprinted with permission

The sweeping Republican victory in the Congressional elections indicates virtually nothing about the 2016 presidential elections. On November 4, 2014, the US cast a vote of criticism and protest against an incumbent president, and not necessarily a vote in


Principle, Rigor, and Execution Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. President Barack Obama has come under intense criticism for his foreign policy, along with many other things. This is not unprecedented. Former President George W. Bush was similarly attacked. Stratfor has always maintained that the behavior of nations has much to do with the impersonal forces driving it, and little to do with the


From the Distaff Side

We know a few things about the personalities of Avraham, Sara, Hagar and Yishamel, as well as Avraham’s relationship with Hashem long before the akeda story. We know Yitzhak was a late baby, to say the least; that there was rivalry between Sara and Hagar that didn’t end nicely because she was extremely protective of Yitzhak.


Talmud Scholar Tikochinsky at Rinat

On Sunday, Nov. 16, at 8:00 p.m., Rinat Yisrael presents Dr. Michal Tikochinsky, Director, Women’s Beit Midrash, Beit Morasha, Jerusalem, speaking about “Rabbinical Courts and Female Conversion Candidates.” The lecture will be in conversational Hebrew. Dr. Tikochinsky is one of the leading women Talmud scholars and educators in the


Israel’s Security and Unintended Consequences

When in 1942 American General Douglas MacArthur took command of the defense of Australia against imminent Japanese invasion, one of the plans he rejected was to withdraw and fight behind the Brisbane line, a move that would have given large swathes of territory to the Japanese.

Instead, he adopted a


Why I Became a Republican

I remember it like it was yesterday. November 7, 2000. Gore versus Bush. Our Vice President, with a strong history of support for Israel, versus the son of a former President with a controversial U.S.-Israel record.

When “W” was eventually declared the 43rd President of United States, I was deeply


I Am a Democrat Because I am Jewish

People often ask me how the values I learned as a Jewish woman affect my everyday life and my public service responsibilities. And then they often ask why I am such a passionate Democrat.

When we speak of standing by Israel, we Democrats cherish Harry Truman, our President who recognized Israel; our late


Klinghoffer at the Met: Stifling the Exchange of Ideas

On Monday night I went to the Metropolitan Opera. I went for two reasons: to see and hear John Adams’ controversial opera, The Death of Klinghoffer; and to see and hear what those protesting the Met’s judgment in presenting the opera had to say. Peter Gelb, the head of the Met Opera, had advised people to see it for themselves and then