Op-Ed

The Futility of a Mexico-United States Wall

Building a wall to control immigration from Mexico is hardly a new idea. In October 2006, President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act to authorize and partially fund…

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A Revelation With Implications

Newly released Federal Bureau of Investigation documents fill in the details of a central episode in the American conflict with al-Qaida: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s recruitment for the job of blowing…

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America Had a Government Before the Constitution

Americans have started paying more attention to the Constitution in recent times, in part to see what wisdom it might hold, and also to better understand what constraints might bind…

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Lost and Found

Among the chassidic Rebbes who survived the Holocaust was a spiritual giant who had tragically lost his entire family, with the exception of one granddaughter. When she came of age,…

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Old Hatred Needs New Response

On Monday and Tuesday, bomb threats forced the evacuation of Jewish community centers in a dozen cities; and in St. Louis, a 123-year-old Jewish cemetery was savagely desecrated, with at…

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An Extra Measure of Compassion

A broken-hearted widow came to Harav Yaakov, the Rav of Hrimilov and author of Kochav MiYaakov, and poured out her tale of woe. Left with insufficient income to sustain herself…

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Accept No Substitutes

Reflecting the wonderful growth, baruch Hashem, of the Torah-observant tzibbur over the years, the community as a whole has become more prominent in American society. That, of course, brings both…

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Reading Between the Hardlines

Mere days after senior Hamas operative Muhammad Hemada Walid al-Quqa blew himself up preparing a bomb, The New York Times noted, in a recent front page story about the Muslim…

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How to Make Your Voice Heard in Washington

Since the November elections, we’ve seen unprecedented numbers of Americans speaking out on public policy. Voters want to influence their lawmakers on high-stakes issues from health care to climate change,…

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The Two-State Imposition

For years now, the United States of America has had a very particular idea of how the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians was supposed to play out. The only…

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A Nickel More or a Nickel Less?

Punishment. It seems that so many of us favor it as the preferred motivator. Students, children, employees. You name it. If we want them to do something, or not do…

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The Case of the Cover-Up in Search of a Crime

It’s a Watergate-era cliche that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence…

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Winter of Their Discontent

Those relying on the BBC for their news are assuming that the number of people thinking about leaving the United States because of the election of President Donald Trump has…

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Modern Weapons, Malign Designs

When North Korea threatened, on January 1, to test an intercontinental ballistic missile, then-president-elect Donald J. Trump vowed to stop the rogue nation from developing a nuclear weapon capable of…

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Why Did He Come?

“What did Yisro hear that impelled him to come and visit Bnei Yisrael in the Midbar? He heard about krias Yam Suf and the war with Amalek” (Rashi, beginning of…

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Trump’s Travel Restrictions Are in Place to Protect U.S.

Protests against President Donald Trump, some peaceful and others destructive, continue to be celebrated by the media. The most recent ones are protests against Trump’s travel restrictions on several countries…

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