Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) guide for the perplexed, 2019

By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel initiative” More on Sukkot and other Jewish holidays, see Ettinger’s ebook: Jewish Holidays, Guide for the Perplexed. 1. US-Israel special ties are highlighted by Columbus Day (October 14, 2019), which is always celebrated around Sukkot (October 13-20, 2019). According to “Columbus Then and Now” (Miles Davidson,…

Trump’s new actions, inactions on Kurds, Syria, Iran have Israel deeply worried

By David Horovitz, Times of Israel— President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of US troops from a crucial area of the Turkey-Syria border, widely seen as an abandonment of America’s Kurdish allies there, has reinforced the resonance of a series of “emergency” warnings issued by Israeli leaders in the days leading up to Wednesday’s solemn Yom Kippur.…

The Shofar of Auschwitz

By Dr. Yvette Alt Miller, Aish— Rosh Hashanah, 1944: A group of ragged Jewish prisoners assembled for yet another exhausting work detail. All around, Jews were starved, tortured and murdered. The slightest expression of Jewish faith was strictly forbidden, grounds for execution by Nazi guards. Yet on that Rosh Hashanah, a group of courageous Jews…