Why? Why? Why? Why Not?

Why did Nixon refuse to compel Israel to join the nuclear non-proliferation regime? (Ha’aretz)

Why are the “days between the times“–so often “marked by disasters befalling yeshiva students?” (Ha’aretz)

Why, asks Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, “would we punish the proclamation of God’s goodness?” (Forward)

Why do Jews from both Syria and the American South eat black eyed peas as part of a celebratory meal on Rosh Hashanah? (Forward)

Why is there no blessing for the mitzvah of tzedakah? (NJ Jewish News)

Why did the leader of Israel’s non-hasidic haredi Jews issue a statement that Jews must not visit the Western Wall on Shabbat? (YNet)

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Environmental & Energy Issues in Israel

A mere 0.5% of Israel’s energy comes from renewables. Why? (Ha’aretz)It is argued that Israel faces a looming electricity shortage ...

The Loyalty Oath

Yossi Verter looks at how the oath issue came about–and argues it is bad for both Israel and the Jews. ...

Israel, Settlements, and the Diaspora

Does pressure on the Israeli government from diaspora Jews have any chance of actually making a difference? (Ha’aretz)Yossi Verter sees ...