The Powerhouse of the Middle East
Ra’anana, Israel — As Israel marks the 67th anniversary of its founding, I find myself reflecting on a construction sign.
With all the challenges confronting the Jewish state — from Palestinian unrest to Iranian nukes to ISIS kooks, from European disaffection ...
Of ScarJo, Soda, Settlements, and Super Bowls
Of all the possible defenders of the Israeli town of Ma’aleh Adumim, a burg of 40,000 located five miles east of Jerusalem’s Western Wall, a gorgeous worldwide movie star is hardly the most likely candidate. But there was Scarlett ...
NFL Draft Preview: San Francisco 49ers
“Continuity is vital,” legendary San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh once said during the glory days of the mid-1980s. “So many clubs don’t have continuity; as soon as the team has disappointment the coach is fired or ...
Oakland, Calif. — “The silent majority of people here, eking out a living, they just want to come home and be with their family at the end of the day,” an off-duty Oakland police officer I’ll call ...
Beinart Gets It Wrong Again
Peter Beinart took a break from bashing Israel today to argue in the Daily Beast that “the GOP is blowing it” by nominating candidates like Carly Fiorina to challenge Barbara Boxer for U.S. Senate this fall. Beinart&...
And Now, The War On Hanukkah
Just when it seemed that the much-ballyhooed “War on Christmas” had run its course, the battle seems to have opened up a new front: Hanukkah.
#ad#The Jewish festival of lights ended on Monday. But before it even started, on ...
Why We’re Moving Our Family into a War Zone
In two weeks, we’re taking our four kids to Israel for a year — that is, unless El Al decides to stop flying into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.
Amidst the current conflagration in the Holy Land, friends and ...
Belle Harbor, N.Y. — “Bob Turner for Congress” yard signs dot the lawns of the quaint homes lining Rockaway Beach Boulevard. This augurs well for the upstart Republican on the verge of a major upset in this heavily ...
Why This Orthodox Jew Loves Christmas Music
For me, an Orthodox Jew in 21st-century America, December truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
Yes, there’s Hanukkah and the family and community celebration it entails. And, sure, there’s winter vacation, the week ...
Crist's Indy Bid Hurting Meek More than Rubio
Republicans furrowing their brows over the Florida Senate race should try smiling instead.
For weeks, the GOP approached Gov. Charlie Crist’s potential party-switch with something like dread. Bravado and (justified) indignation aside, Republican activists despaired in their heart ...
Franken's Craven 'Anti-Rape' Amendment
When it comes to Sen. Al Franken, sometimes it’s hard to tell if the joke’s on him or on all of us.
In early October, Franken — a former Saturday Night Live comic and now the ...
California is not a swing state but a “swung” state: It has bestowed its 55 electoral votes on Democrats in every presidential election since 1988. Before ‘88, it elected Republican presidents six straight times.
#ad#The Golden State, then, has shifted reliably into ...