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09/19/2011 - 20:00 | Editorial

 With the shofar already blowing every morning, with the Days of Awe just days away, with the headlines more ominous than not, it is only natural for us to be feeling vulnerable, as individuals and as a community. Indeed, a major theme of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, let alone the slichot at Elul’s end, is nothing if not our vulnerability.

09/12/2011 - 20:00 | Editorial

The Mideast, already roiling with violence and unrest, is about to enter an even darker, more uncertain phase as the Palestinian Authority seeks full membership in the United Nations next week. The prospects are deeply worrying, if not terrifying.

09/05/2011 - 20:00 | Editorial

September is certain to be a dramatic and challenging month for the State of Israel, politically and diplomatically. Hopefully not militarily.

09/05/2011 - 20:00 | Editorial

Tisha b’Av (the ninth of Av) is the name that marks the saddest date on the Jewish calendar, recalling the destruction of the Holy Temples. Similarly, the most deadly attack ever on American soil — bringing about the destruction of the World Trade Center, part of the Pentagon, and a more trusting way of life — is commemorated simply by the date on which it occurred: 9/11.

08/29/2011 - 20:00 | Editorial

Question: what do Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, Sarah Palin of Alaska and Glenn Beck of radio and television fame have in common?

Answer: they are high-profile figures who are highly outspoken in their support for Israel — and the very mention of their name may well give hives to the majority of American Jews.

It’s a dramatic and worrisome sign of a national trend showing conservatives and liberals parting ways on the subject of Israel.

08/29/2011 - 20:00 | Editorial

How many of us would risk our life to save another’s? Run into a burning building? Dive into a churning body of water? Fend off an armed thief?

Fortunately, few of us have to face such a test.

On a street corner in Rockland County, a 50-year-old father of four faced this test Sunday morning, hours after Hurricane Irene hit David Reichenberg’s Spring Valley neighborhood, knocking down branches and power lines, flooding roads.

Mr. Reichenberg passed his test.

And in doing so he lost his life.