Understanding Tisha B’Av

The saddest day on the Jewish calendar will commence tonight at sundown and extend through sundown tomorrow.  Jews around the world will commemorate Tisha B'av (the ninth of the Hebrew month, Av) by fasting and refraining from any sort of pleasure or enjoyment. But what exactly are they commemorating?  The destruction of both the first …

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Will there be a US Strike on Syria?

News is abuzz over the potential US strike in Syria.  President Trump has cancelled a trip to South America in order to remain at the White House to manage the situation, and movement of US vessels and aircraft has been observed in the Mediterranean.  The Pentagon has likely drawn up possible attack options, while the …

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Nikki Haley at the UN: a Candle in the Darkness!

When I saw the picture above of Nikki Haley casting her lone veto vote in the UN on Monday, I immediately thought of Hanukkah! You see, Hanukkah is a celebration of light, and US Ambassador Haley was a bright light in a dark place during the most recent fiasco at the United Nations.  Following President …

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Celebrating 100 Years of the Balfour Declaration

Following World War I, British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour (a Christian Zionist) authored a declaration to restore a national homeland for the Jews.  It was clear by that point that the Ottoman Empire, which previously ruled the area, would be unseated and the League of Nations would give Britain the mandate to assist in building …

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