Op-Ed

The Longest War Gets Longer

The war in Afghanistan, begun in October 2001, is the longest-running war in American history. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that it will continue to run — indefinitely. The…

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Trump’s Still Campaigning When He Needs to Govern

At the end of last year’s presidential campaign, a sufficient number of voters in just the right places elected Donald Trump to go shoot up Washington and fundamentally change the…

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A Plea for Sanity

Lively public discourse, marked by a passionate exchange of ideas and strongly worded opinions, has long been a hallmark of American culture and politics. Colonial America had barely broken free…

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Death of a Slogan

“Le roi est mort, vive le roi!” That’s the famous French declaration that was traditionally made when a monarch had breathed his last: “The king is dead. Long live the…

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The Many Layers of Bannon’s Ouster

Steve Bannon was fired/let go/allowed to resign/left on his own — whichever version takes your fancy. He is no longer in the administration. And everyone has something to say about…

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What Happened to the USS John McCain?

As these words are being written, a multi-nation search and rescue effort is still underway to locate ten sailors missing in the Pacific Ocean east of Singapore after their ship,USS…

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The New Weapons We Need

With threats, bribes, diplomacy and sanctions, American presidents of both parties have sought for 25 years to try to halt, or at least slow, North Korea’s quest for a nuclear…

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The Mundane, Too, Is Miraculous

Readers who live in or are visiting Lincoln Beach, Oregon, will get the first glimpse. That’s where the solar eclipse, whose totality-path crosses a broad swath of the United States,…

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Alms Collector or Heroic Rescuer?

After a long day spent going house-to-house attempting to collect alms, a beggar knocks on the door of a stately mansion. Without thinking twice, he opens the unlocked outside door…

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On Journalistic Response to Disaster

On Monday night, a truck collided with a pedestrian bridge on the edge of Bnei Brak, causing the bridge to collapse on top of the truck and its driver, who…

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The Very Real Danger of Domestic Terrorism

The horrific attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, reminds America once again that Islamic extremists do not have a monopoly on terrorism. Taking a page right out of the playbook of IS…

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Many Excuses, One Reason, For Lack of Peace

The Palestinian Authority has always been good at coming up with excuses for rejecting peace with Israel. In 2000, Yasser Arafat walked away from then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s offer of…

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America’s Long Legacy of Hate Endures

Hate in America manifested itself troublingly this past weekend in a quiet Virginia town. The death of a young woman protesting a white supremacist rally is another in a long…

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True Jews

You may know something about the Sicarii, or Sikari’im (or Sikrikim), the radical Jewish faction at the time of the destruction of the Second Beis Hamikdash. What you may not…

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Send Me the Clip

We both had arrived at virtually the same time to the entrance of the sefarim store, only to discover that it was already closed. While the store did have late…

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Recognizing Reform — for What It Is

The relentless campaign of the Reform movement has set its sights on the holiest and most sensitive areas of Judaism in Eretz Yisrael — including the Kosel, giyur and mikvaos.…

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