Birthright Israel is crucial to keeping Judaism alive

I remember every second of my first Birthright Israel trip. I’ve never felt that connected to anything in my life. Everywhere we went, everything I saw and did, I felt like I was meant to be there.  I think it’s because it’s the land of my people.  Be the first to know – I didn’t expect to come home and […]

Egypt’s Sisi – a Muslim leader with much-needed moral clarity

Over the past 16 months I’ve met three times with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. There is no doubt in my mind that no other world leader has more effectively won the ideological war against radical Islam. It is astonishing how he came to govern during the most trying time for that Middle Eastern country. During the first visit, the […]

Challenges to German-Israeli relations

German-Israeli relations will always be difficult and sensitive as they are linked to the memory of the Holocaust. In 1951, the first chancellor of West Germany, Konrad Adenauer, spoke of “unspeakable crimes” perpetrated upon the Jews in the name of the German people and saw his country’s new relationship to Israel from both a pragmatic and a moral perspective. Sixty-seven […]

Not a hopeful speech

Everyone in the United States who follows politics tuned in last Thursday to the dramatic Senate hearings regarding the nomination of Judge Brett                         Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Those who closely follow the State of Israel tuned in to the United Nations, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the world.                 […]

THINK ABOUT IT: Head of Knesset science committee won‘t accept evolution

MK Uri Maklev from United Torah Judaism is one of the most diligent and respected Knesset MKs. Two weeks ago, he was one of the recipients of the commendation for upholders of quality government granted annually by the Movement for Quality Government in Israel (the organization established and headed by the red-headed activist Eli’ad Shraga). In the 20th Knesset, Maklev […]

NO HOLDS BARRED: Elie Wiesel’s 90th Birthday

I spent my life loving Elie Wiesel and had the honor and pleasure of knowing him, learning from him and working with him.                         I was a tiny, junior partner in some of his work combating threats to the Jewish people and promoting anti-genocide education. I now have the equally great honor and pleasure of […]

Rouhani’s deceptive U.N. speech

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s September 21 opinion editorial in The Washington Post is extremely dishonest – in its depictions of Iran and of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran deal. The dishonesty begins in the very title of the piece, when Rouhani – the figurehead leader of Iran who actually reports to the Iranian […]