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Who Is Aafia Siddiqui And Why Do Islamists Want Her Released?

This big news of the week is the coverage of and reaction to the hostage situation that took place last Shabbos in Colleyville, Texas.  The terrorist who detained four people against their will had only one demand: Release Aafia Siddiqui from prison.  Who is she, and why did this terrorist, and other Muslim terrorist sympathizers, want her released?

A year ago, Republicans allowed themselves to fall prey to a short-sighted and false narrative that caused large numbers of them to do something that they, and many people around the country, regret.  The nation has paid a heavy price for the failures of these few, and the repercussions of that decision will be felt for years to come.  I am referring, of course, to January 5.

In this week’s parshah, Moshe is instructed to speak to the Jewish people in Hashem’s name, saying, “And now, if you listen diligently to My voice and preserve my covenant, you shall be my treasured people.”

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Last week in Daf Yomi, we learned that Rav Ashi stated that the words “vay’hi biymei – and it was in the days of” is “lashon tzaar–painful language.” In his shiur, Rabbi Shalom Rosner brought a beautiful word from the Gra (the Vilna Gaon).