Op-Ed

Trump Says Europe Is In Trouble; He Has a Point

Germany’s foreign minister reports “astonishment and agitation.” The French president protests indignantly about unsolicited “outside advice.” Even Secretary of State John Kerry sees behavior that is “inappropriate.” President-elect Donald Trump’s…

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The Unanswered Questions Of Flight MH370

The costliest, most thorough, most painstaking search for airplane wreckage in history has been called off. The three-year, $160 million effort to find out what happened to Flight MH370 mounted…

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The Deafening Silence Must End

For much of the past two centuries, Torah Judaism was forced to wage a constant, fierce battle for its very existence as it sought to counter one of the greatest…

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An Object Lesson in How Not to Make Peace

Two events. One made headlines around the world, the other barely made a ripple. The first, the Paris “peace conference,” was meaningless. The second, a water-sharing agreement signed between Israel…

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Much Ado About an Embassy

It was back in 1995 that the 104th Congress passed an act that mandated the move of our country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim. Although the United…

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Security Is Expensive. Is it Worth It?

The bad news on Monday, January 9, was that as many as 16 Jewish centers in the United States were forced to evacuate. Preschoolers were marched outside in the dead…

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What Happened to the Honeymoon?

The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days.…

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The Inner Life of Elephants

The big tent of the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus is being folded up and put away for good. The leaders of the radical group PETA (People for the…

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A Last-Minute, Ill-Conceived Gambit

With just over a week left to his term, President Obama chose last week to effectively end a 22-year-old policy designed to help ease the way toward American citizenship for…

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The Zeal to Repeal

“Gridlock, deadlock, stalemate, budgetary brinksmanship, paralyzing partisanship.” Those are some of the various terms frequently used to excoriate the dilatoriness of Capitol Hill. Much of the time, the battle-axe of…

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When Words Sprout Wings

Few things are as powerful as the spoken word. A warm greeting, a word of encouragement, a complimentary remark, can do wonders to inspire, uplift, and create a kiddush Hashem.…

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P.M. Netanyahu’s Delaying Tactics on Shabbos

The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday once again squirmed out of its national responsibility and avoided taking a decision on a Tel Aviv bylaw that would allow more supermarkets to open…

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Great People in Our Midst

Many years ago, I had occasion to “be menachem avel” Mr. Moshe Naftali Ullman, z”l, who had, R”l, lost his daughter. Mr. Ullman had been a student of the Chofetz…

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Hypocritic Oath

A nineteen-year-old Israeli citizen of Arab ethnicity was among the 39 people killed in the recent attack of an Istanbul club, for which the terrorist group Islamic State claimed pride…

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Searching for Answers

Life is full of that which we do not understand. In this week’s parashah, as he prepares to take leave from this world, Yaakov Avinu talks to his son, Yosef…

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Cold War Relic, Present Day Threat

You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch…

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