Cross-Currents Blog

Exceptional Circumstances

R. Yaakov, I’m not sure we disagreed. Of course Israel will be demonized – the point is that Israel is demonized regardless of what it does – short of overtly suicidal acts – but...

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Laughable?

Jeff, I take exception to your taking exception. 🙂 1 – You are absolutely right. Anyone on the planet could do that sort of transfer, and has. The Jews of Israel, however, cannot. We...

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Jumping to Contusions

Drive them all out in a campaign of ethnic cleansing as in Kosovo? I do not see Jewish soldiers dragging Arab mothers from their homes and throwing them into trucks. And besides, NATO would...

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Peace and Pluralism

In a few days, I will be going away for two weeks, and Rabbi Yitzchak Adlerstein asked me to make a contribution to the blog before I go. Reb Yitzchak, your wish is my...

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Arafat’s Heir

The CBS host this evening called it simply “celebrating, Palestinian style.” The noise in the background was unmistakable: machine guns firing almost at random. I wonder how many of their own were killed by...

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…And I’ll Cry if I Want To

I couldn’t find this yet on the Internet, but I was chatting this morning with a friend in Israel and it sounded like he did a spit-take looking at the Jerusalem Post. Apparently, today’s...

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Oops, They Did It Again

As Joseph Schick notes, Jonathan Rosenblum pointed out here last week that calling a single incident a “phenomenon” of Jews spitting on priests is a wild exaggeration. There was no reason to call upon...

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A Sigh of Belief

R. Yitzchok’s post, specifically his recounting of Rav Avigdor Miller’s story, led me to consider once again something that I’ve pondered over the years. In my experience, people constantly and unsuccessfully use physical evidence...

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