Op-Ed

Renewing the Relationship

“What happened has happened. What was, was already. What will be, will be. But as for now — I am a Yid. Father, renew completely, light a fire in my…

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When the Government’s Policy Is to Pass the Buck

An interesting little tiff has erupted over the Republican health-care bill wending its way through the House. Most of the politicking over this bill has involved pushing and pulling from…

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Threat Ratings

There was a time when you would be on fairly safe ground if you named Egypt and Syria as the biggest threats to Israeli security. Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia…

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The Unpleasant Truth About Purim

In past years, in the weeks prior to Purim, we published strongly worded editorials about the disastrous effects of out-of-hand inebriation on Purim. We wrote about the horror stories related…

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A Breath of Fresh Air for Israel

“Better is the enemy of good.” That idiom, popularized by the French philosopher Voltaire, applies to President Donald Trump’s policies on Israel, at least at this early stage of his…

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Unfair Play

In the current polarized political atmosphere, where “team” mentality — “our guys are great, yours are bums” — seems to be the default state of mind, and where objective, thoughtful…

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Working for a Solution

Considering President Trump’s history-making, outrageous claims that aren’t necessarily tethered to fact, when he announced last Friday that he had won over more than a dozen House conservatives to supporting…

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Juggling Act

He probably felt a pit forming in his stomach as the lights flashed from behind. Blayk Puckett, that is, who was pulled over late Friday night, March 3, in Arkansas…

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The Real World of Obamacare Repeal

The L-rd giveth and the L-rd taketh away, but for governments it’s not that easy. Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans — you…

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The “Trial” of Neil Gorsuch

In former times, the confirmation of a nominee for the Supreme Court tended to be a routine affair. If the nominee was at least nominally qualified to sit on the…

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Leave the Constitution Alone

Our new political environment continually prompts the question “Is nothing sacred?” The grudging reverence people of both parties once felt for presidents is gone. Large segments of the electorate categorically…

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Beware the Cyber-Bear

Criminals, including cybercriminals, people who use the internet to steal personal information or infiltrate commercial, political or government entities, come in all nationalities. But there seems to be a preponderance…

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Erasure, Inscription and Mesirus Nefesh

It was an incomprehensible turn of events. Bnei Yisrael had just reached the greatest spiritual heights imaginable when an unspeakable calamity occurred, a calamity which continues to affect us to…

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What the FDA Gets Wrong About E-Cigarettes

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Scott Gottlieb to be the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration is a hopeful sign that the FDA’s illogical tobacco product regulations may…

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A Head Start on Discrimination

While this week’s ruling of the European Union’s Court of Justice (ECJ) to allow the banning under certain circumstances of Islamic headscarves (the hijab) won’t resolve the highly charged debate…

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Antidote to Amalek

Once again, Klal Yisrael celebrated the joyous Yom Tov of Purim in a spectacular exhibition of generosity. Astronomical sums of money were discreetly distributed to the destitute, mostly through third…

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