Articles by David B. Goldberg

It has been a year of tragedies, threats and disappointments. Terrorism is rampant, the threat of enemies grows daily, and the humanitarians that should be friends betrayed us. In the year since Rosh Hashanah 5776 (the biblical new year, September 13-15, 2015), when the latest intifada against Israel began, 44 persons, ages 13 to 78, ...

Yehuda Bauer on the movement to boycott Israel Yehuda Bauer, 90, is Professor Emeritus of History and Holocaust Studies at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Professor Bauer says the boycott movement wants “not a better Israel, they want no Israel….Now of course, they love Jews. Especially dead Jews. The ones who died in the Holocaust, they’re marvelous, they ...

In a parable of Jesus, it says, “While men slept, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went his way” (Mt. 13:25). The life of Bible believers today, whether Jew or Christian, is being altered rapidly, but few are noticing or doing anything about it. Muslim terrorists are blowing up, chopping up ...

There may be some bad-apple nations, but surely the 191 countries represented at the United Nations can be relied on to promote human rights and peace and human progress? The UN General Assembly passed 20 resolutions last year condemning Israel for supposed violations. Most dealt with Israel’s presence in biblical Judea and Samaria (so-called West ...

A new, improved Iran was welcomed into the circle of civilized nations in recent months. With Iran agreeing to just delay the development of nuclear bombs for a decade or so, all is forgiven and trade resumes. In January, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and an entourage of 120 visited Italy and signed deals worth US$18 billion. ...

A fundamental principle of Jewish teaching is that there is no excess in Holy Scripture; every word is essential. So why is the story of Aaron’s elder sons, Avihu and Nadav, who were consumed by fire when they offered “strange fire” at the dedication of the Tabernacle, mentioned four times in the Torah (Lev. 10:1-2; ...

Major Ala Wahib, 36, the highest ranking Arab-Muslim officer in the Israel Defense Forces, says that, “From the age of zero I was told Israel stole Palestine from us, but when I was 14 I woke up. I discovered Jews are not bad.” Eighteen years later he calls himself a “Zionist Israeli Arab” and is the ...

People rely on the news media in order to be informed about local and world events. That’s clear enough. It is a fundamental tenet of journalism that news be presented objectively. So far the theory. The reality is much different. Much of news reporting today is agenda-driven opinion that conceals facts that conflict with the ...

On New Year’s Day 2016, my son Ariel and a friend were in Tel Aviv to do some shopping along the famed Dizengoff Street before heading home to Jerusalem. Two hours later at the same spot, Nashat Milhem, 28, pulled out a gun and started shooting at shoppers. Survivors of the attack remarked that the ...

The mildest incident–mild because there was no loss of life–was in October, when Joseph’s ancient tomb in Nablus (the biblical Shechem), was torched by Palestinian-Arab rioters. But there has been heart-rending loss of life in other cases. Four rabbis were among those murdered in recent weeks. Two terrorists fired guns into an ambushed car, killing ...