Not the Moment for “Restraint” Against Hamas

By Jonathan Tobin In a sentiment that was echoed across the Israeli political spectrum, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu vowed that "Hamas will pay" for the...

To Confer A Blessing

By Rabbi Eliyahu Safran A Blessing Makes Us Aware, Not Of Sameness But Of Uniqueness What should we bless our children with?  Good health.  Long life. ...

Summer Camp with Guns

By Benyamin Korn Summer camp can mean very different things to different kids. For Jewish children, summer camp means squirt guns and color wars. For Palestinian Arab...

The Matzav Shmoooze: An Insensitive Email After My Life Was Destroyed By the Hurricane

Dear Editor, This is my response to an email I received from an organization, connecting the recent hurricane to lashon hara. I have copied...

Palestinian Killer Of Americans Gets A Mere Slap On The Wrist

By Stephen M. Flatow The Obama administration announced Sept. 8 that it is putting Mohammed Deif and three other Palestinian terrorists on its “designated terrorists”...

The Matzav Shmoooze: Why Solving the Shidduch Crisis With the Age Gap Misses the...

Dear Editor, With all due respect, the recent discussion here about shidduchim is sorely lacking, because there is a serious flaw in the scaling calculation...

Anti-Circumcision Advocates Should Cut It Out

By Mr. Chaskel Bennett The recent California bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown making it illegal for local municipalities across the state to...

Matzav Shmoooze: Help With Incident at Philly Museum

Dear Matzav readers, I am reaching out to Matzav readers for some help. If anyone was in the Franklin Institute Museum in Philadelphia on Wednesday of...

The Israeli Vacuum: What Happens Next?

By Dovid Efune In the recent past there seems to have been a decline in overt aggressive hostility towards Israel. Defense Minister Ehud Barak was...

A 49-Hour Fast

By Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair Can you imagine what it must be like for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, to last two days? For...