Op-Ed

The Tune of Tehillim

For the heavily guarded group of young Jewish children, their worst nightmare had just become reality. Despite their tender ages — they were only six and seven years old —…

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Shavuos — Infinite Fruit

The Yamim Tovim are connected by the Torah to the agricultural growth cycle, as Hashem put into the world a natural rhythm that then becomes an appropriate time for our…

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Mortal Etiquette vs. Immortal Truth

As you may have noticed, the first day of Shavuos falls on the fourth day of the week this year. Were any Tziddukim around today, they’d be unhappy. They held…

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Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia

The quixotic American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to give it a try. The Trump administration is no different.…

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Close Call?

A chazakah is often a good thing. For example, if someone gets a chazakah on a seat in the Mirrer Yeshivah of Yerushalayim (in spite of the fact that the…

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The President’s Proposed New Drone Rules

They range from inexpensive models on toy store shelves to four-figure ones equipped to multitask. They are sent over roofs and backyards, and over forest fires and stadiums. In some…

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Seeking Out Tzaddikim

It was a Friday morning when Harav Elazar, the Rebbe of Kozhnitz, zy”a, visited a small town to attend a bris. Somehow, it got delayed, and by the time it…

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Entitled to Survive

The White House’s proposed budget was announced on Tuesday. It will take some time before Senators and Congressmen and all the experts will be able to fully examine the massive…

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The Message From Riyadh

For President Trump and his many supporters, the timing could not have been better. Just as the ever increasing stream of negative media stories — mostly based on anonymous sources…

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A Display of Genuine Friendship

It’s too early to gauge the results of President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel this week, but not too early to appreciate the effort and the genuine display of friendship.…

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Mr. Berman’s Bubby

“An ugly chapter in voter suppression is finally closing,” declared Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. He was referring to the U.S. Supreme Court’s declining, last week,…

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The Guardrails Can’t Contain Trump

The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being…

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Ships Without Sailors

It sounds like a ghost story: a huge cargo vessel sails up and down the Norwegian coast, silently going about its business, without a captain or crew in sight. But…

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President Donald Trump at the Kosel

Every American presidential visit to Israel is historic. Accounts of a president’s travels go into history books — or at least into the presidential archives. But when it’s Israel the…

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Appreciating a Malchus Shel Chessed

On Monday, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, the leader of the premier malchus shel chessed in our time, is scheduled to land in Israel. Torah Jewry in…

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He Who Sustains the Bear

The story is told of a Yid who made a living chopping wood in the forest and using his horse and wagon to sell the firewood. Near his worksite, a…

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