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WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN 3/2/2015 01:42 PM

One of the great dangers in life, both national and personal, is looking backwards and dwelling upon what could have been, had we but chosen to behave and choose otherwise. There is much to be said for knowing history and appreciating the past. Yet the past, glorious and correct as we may wish to make it in our memory, is simply no longer here and many times it is no longer relevant to the issues...

זאת אשמתנו – האומנם? 2/24/2015 01:01 PM

שגריר ישראל בשוודיה התראיין השבוע בתחנת רדיו בשטוקהולם. הוא התראיין בהקשר לפיגוע בקופנהגן שבו נרצח מאבטח היהודי ליד בית הכנסת. אחרי שהשגריר נתן ביטוי לתחושות האימה והקבס שהוא חש בעניין זה, שאלה אותו המראיינת ה'מקסימה'...

IT IS OUR FAULT – REALLY? 2/23/2015 12:56 PM

The Israeli ambassador to Sweden was interviewed this week on a radio station in Stockholm. He was being interviewed in connection with the recent killing of a Jewish security guard outside of the synagogue in Copenhagen. The charming woman interviewer, after the ambassador expressed is horror and disgust over the matter, asked him: “Don’t you think that the Jews also have to shoulder some...

NONSENSE 2/16/2015 03:46 PM

The famous legend is that while Rome burned to the ground, its emperor Nero entertained himself by fiddling on his violin. The current election campaign in Israel reminds me of that legend. Every nonsensical issue from returning used bottles and pocketing the deposits to the current contempts regarding the appointment, firing and reappointment of avowed leftists as judges for the awarding of the...

הבלים 2/15/2015 05:41 PM

האגדה המפורסמת מספרת שכאשר רומא נשרפה עד היסוד, הקיסר נירון שעשע את עצמו בנגינה בכינורו. מערכת הבחירות הנוכחית בישראל מזכירה לי את האגדה הזאת. כל נושא מטופש - החל מהחזרת בקבוקים משומשים וגניבת כספי הפיקדון ועד הוויכוח...

EXPECTATIONS 2/8/2015 07:17 AM

A great deal of our reactions to events is dependent upon what our previous expectations regarding those events or personalities were. If we have very high expectations of success, morality or altruistic behavior from our individual leaders, be they political or religious, national or personal, we are invariably doomed to disappointment - the higher the expectation, the more bruising the...

ציפיות 2/6/2015 03:07 PM

חלק גדול מהתגובות שלנו לדברים שמתרחשים נקבע על פי הציפיות שהיו לנו מהאירועים או מהאנשים הנוגעים בדבר. כשיש לנו ציפיות גדולות להצלחה, למוסריות ולהתנהגות אלטרואיסטית מהמנהיגים שלנו, בין אם הם פוליטיים או דתיים, לאומיים...

NEVER AGAIN 2/2/2015 01:01 PM

I am well aware that there is no use beating a dead horse and that the subject of the Holocaust is already in the minds of most of the world's population, truly a dead horse. Last week the United Nations and over fifty countries commemorated the seventieth anniversary of the expulsion of the Germans from the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. This commemoration was marked by the usual plethora of...

FORTUNE AND EQUALITY 1/26/2015 01:36 PM

One of the more popular and populist social and electoral issues here in Israel and in the rest of the Western world as well, is rectifying the seeming inequality of the distribution of wealth. The upper five percent of the population, in terms of wealth worldwide, control close to eighty percent of the wealth of the societies that they inhabit. In order to correct this seemingly unfair...

MY BOOKS 1/19/2015 12:56 PM

I have always been a lover of books. Even when I was a young student in the yeshiva many decades ago I would read books on all sorts of different subjects. Back then, I then used the meager financial resources at my disposal to purchase books. Prices were different then and for three dollars I was able to obtain classic books by great Talmudic scholars. When I was a rabbi in Miami Beach, I...