Op-Ed

The German Elections: Outrage and Perspective

When examining an event such as the German elections, in which a far-right, anti-Semitic party won seats in the Bundestag for the first time since Hitler, there are two basic…

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In the Wake of Hurricane…Sandy

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and with the hurricane season not yet over, insurance experts are dispensing valuable advice in the media about filing claims. Typically, they…

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The Prince, the Stone, And the Wall

“Stay close to me at all times,” a powerful king instructed his beloved son. “Never stray too far, for there are bandits that kidnap,” he warned him. On one occasion,…

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One More Minute, Please

It is Erev Rosh Hashanah. It has been a while now that my desk evolved into a kind of a community center, where letters, emails and calls ask for the…

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How Far We Can Go, How Close We Can Come

For those who heed the call of Rosh Hashanah, Aseres Yemei Teshuvah and Yom Kippur to teshuvah, Moshe’s statement about return should be encouraging, not only because he says that…

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Recidivist Repentance

It’s easy to feel disheartened, even despondent, as Rosh Hashanah approaches, at the realization that some of the things we did teshuvah for last year are things we need to…

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Are We Prepared?

Harav Chizkiyahu Mishkovsky, Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivas Orchos Torah, which was started in Bnei Brak by Harav Aharon Leib Steinman, shlita, once related a fascinating story. A Jew in Bnei…

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Equifax Should Be a Public Utility

Will Equifax finally be the one? Will this summer’s data breach involving 143 million of the credit bureau’s U.S. customers finally generate enough fear and outrage to cause Congress, the…

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Something Rotten in the State of Cuba

“Mysterious happenings” has been the most common trope summoned by the media over recent weeks about the strange occurrences in Cuba that began in late 2016 but were first confirmed…

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The High Court Doesn’t Want Us to Be Chareidim

Were it dependent on a majority of Israeli High Court judges, they would seemingly prefer that there not be a chareidi sector in Israel at all. The judges are ready…

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Why Trump Will Have to Continue Working With Democrats

Shortly before Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. mainland, the latest waves of Hurricane Trump hit Washington, reshaping political battle lines in a totally unexpected but potentially productive way. Many analysts…

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Senator Feinstein’s Dogma

During the past few days, the issue of a religious test for public office — something barred by the U.S. Constitution — has arisen in, of all places, the U.S.…

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Getting the Message

For those who find themselves within — or fleeing from — the wide path of the storm’s spiral bands, a hurricane is a traumatic and often devastating experience. For the…

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Unacceptable in a Jewish State

Shock and disbelief. That is the only possible reaction to the news report last Friday that a Chabad shaliach in Herzliya, Israel, was ticketed and fined NIS 730 ($200) for…

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Here Come the Dems! Hang On to Your Property

Just one year ago, we were watching Hillary Clinton stumble away from the 9/11 memorial and wondering what our future president was up to. A year later, all we have…

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One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor

Recently, Rabbi Avi Shafran wrote in these pages that it is important to avoid partisanship, or what he called the “political sports team mentality” (The Peril of Partisanship, Aug. 30,…

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Kashering Elephants and Donkeys

I appreciate that Rabbi Menken, my friend of many years, agrees with me (facing page) that treating political affiliations like sports teams is wrong, as is attaching ourselves to political…

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