Author: Daniel Loeb

Public Policy Polling found that 57% of Republicans would support imposing Christianity as the national religion, while 30% were opposed and 13% were undecided. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Support for Christianity as a national religion according to 2016 Republican Presidential Primary preferences. (Public Policy Polling) Since 2004, Israel has consistently received the majority share of Americans’ sympathies. (Gallup) Meanwhile, the Gallup found that while a majority of Democrats view Israel “favorably” a majority either sympathized with the Palestinians more…

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President Obama spoke at the first day of the White House three-day summit on combating violent extremism. The United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support…. May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig-tree, and there shall be none to make him…

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Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh captured and killed by ISIL. Ordinarily, I oppose the death penalty and I certainly oppose revenge killings, but ISIL left the Kingdom of Jordon no choice but to do exactly that. Jordan was in negotiations with ISIL to exchange unsuccessful 2012 suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi and two other terrorists for Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh. Jordan was willing to agree to free terrorists from death row, but required proof of that the captured coalition pilot was still alive. They demanded the proof because there had been unsubstantiated rumors that Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh had been burnt alive…

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(DEBKA) French officials say the Unity March against Islamist terror was the biggest rally Paris has ever seen with an estimated 2-3 million people taking part. President Francois Hollande, who led the march with world figures, joined Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on a visit to the Grand Synagogue to express condolences for the deaths of four Jews at the hands of a terrorist in a kosher store and solidarity with the French Jewish community. The victims — Yohan Cohen (22), Philippe Braham (40), François-Michel Saada (in his 60s) and Yoav Hattab (21) — were shot in the early stages of…

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Three Muslim terrorists killed 12 people and injured 11 others in the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which has published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, in the most deadly terrorist attack in France in many years. Charlie Hebdo had received numerous death threats in recent years, and their offices were fire-bombed in November 2011. The magazine was under police protection since then. The terrorists shouted “Allah huwa acbar,” “God is the greatest,” adding, “We have exacted vengeance for the prophet Mohammad,” as they fled the scene of the crime. The victims included: Charlie Hebdo editor and cartoonist, Stéphane Charbonnier, known…

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Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, thanked the U.S., Australia, Rwanda and Nigeria for helping to defeat a Palestinian statehood resolution in the U.N. Security Council: I would like to voice appreciation and thanks to the United States and Australia, and also special appreciation for the president of Rwanda, my friend Paul Kagame, and the president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan. I spoke with both of them. They told me and promised me, personally, that they would not support this resolution. They kept their word, and that’s what clinched this matter. I think this is very important for the state of Israel.…

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A Powerful Companion for Your Spiritual Journey Dr. Joseph Rosenstein, the series creator of Siddur Eit Ratzon, offers authentic, refreshing, and accessible approaches to fashioning a healthy, meaningful Jewish prayer life. This isn’t a denominational publication — whatever your degree of orientation to Judaism, his approach will delight, inform, and awaken. I’m giving birth to this review after nine months of praying over the new Siddur Eit Ratzon collection because I want you to know about this body of work in time to obtain copies to enhance your high holiday experience. More after the jump. Dr. Rosenstein is a mathematics professor at Rutgers University focused on…

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