Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker

Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker, currently rabbi and education director of Congregation Hesed shel Emet in Pottstown.Rabbi Zucker’s areas of political expertise include: the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS=VEVAK), the Iranian opposition (MEK/NCRI), Iran, Iraq, and Israel. His Judaic specialties include Bible and Biblical, Hellenistic, and Rabbinic history and archaeology, Sephardic and Ethiopian Jewries, and Jewish Education. He is the author of over ninety published articles on the Middle-East.

Most Recent Articles by Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker:

Remembering Kristallnacht

Nov 9, 2018 — Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker

Remembering Kristallnacht
Eighty years ago, on the night of the 9th to the 10th of November, 1938, the Jewish People began a journey of exile from civilization that ultimately ended in Hell. The journey was not one taken of our own volition; rather, we were sent upon it by a nation reputed for its culture and enlightened, rational, scientific approach to the human condition, but which in reality became—for a period of twelve years—the earthly embodiment of absolute evil. Seventy-nine years ago, the sun disappeared from the sky and ceased to shine for the next seven years—eclipsed by hearts of darkness so thick that no light could penetrate their souls. Never before, and—we swear before Heaven and Earth—never again, such a wickedness that defies all attempts at redemption. Never before, such a ruthless, stone-hearted, systematic manifestation of total evil, and as long as we remember that seven-year eclipse of humanity, never again will we permit such a darkening of the moral climate on this planet. It may rain; it may snow, but never again will we permit such total darkness to engulf us. No, never again!

Flawed U.S. Iran Policy breeds backing for Islamic State

Aug 28, 2016 — Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker

Hudson Institute scholar Michael Doran’s February 2, 2015 essay “Obama’s Secret Iran Strategy” demonstrates that a very flawed U.S. policy towards Iran actually helped breed Sunni backing for the radical Islamic State. Due to what former Senior Director at the National Security Council Elliott Abrams terms Obama’s “ideology” the administration not only failed to comprehend Iranian culture and the absolutist theological nature of the Islamic Republic of Iran—a blunder already begun in the Carter White House and perpetuated through all subsequent administrations—but also compounded the error by believing that the mullah regime could be enticed to moderate its behavior.

How to Judge the Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Jul 15, 2015 — Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker

Early on July 14th, as news of the pending deal between the P5+1 and Iran concerning the Iranian nuclear program was about to be announced, I received the following analysis from my decade-long friend and Iranian politics expert, Alireza Jafarzadeh. In the interests of a careful analysis of the treaty by American officials and the American public—whose lives will be affected by this treaty—I present Mr. Jafarzadeh’s analysis.  Beneath the first letter is one from a few hours later as Mr. Jafarzadeh presented his first thoughts on what has been revealed of the treaty.

Suspected VEVAK Agent Poses as Researcher at Harvard & MIT

Apr 6, 2015 — Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker

VEVAK 1 (Farsi: Vezarat-e Ettela’at va Amniat-e Keshvar) is the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (abb.: MOIS) of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Purpose in Addressing the US Congress on Iran

Mar 5, 2015 — Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker

Over the past several weeks the American and Israeli national presses, as well as the American Jewish press, have debated the wisdom of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a joint session of Congress concerning the Iranian nuclear program. President Obama indicated quite clearly that he was most displeased by this prospect and applied quite some pressure on Israel in an effort to force PM Netanyahu to cancel the speech—all to no avail. We might want to ask why Obama desired to scuttle such a presentation on the part of the Prime Minister, and what drove Netanyahu to resist all this pressure.