Op-Ed

A Wall Too High

The barrier separating state and religion in the United States, that has been constructed layer by layer over centuries by the Supreme Court, may have reached a limit of sorts,…

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A Penny a Jew

Unfortunately, if we set aside a day for every tragedy in Jewish history, the calendar would be full. But the scope, circumstances and impact of the Holocaust are so immense…

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What Would the Kedoshim Have Wanted?

There are numerous dates that have been dedicated to Holocaust remembrance. The United Nations has set it as January 27, the date that Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz. Others chose to…

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Eternal Joy

As Bnei Yisrael rejoiced with the erection of the Mishkan and the inauguration of Aharon and his sons into the kehunah, a devastating tragedy occurred: Two of the four sons…

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Removing Assad Is Key in Diminishing Terror Threat

Since responding to an allegedly government-led chemical weapons attack with a missile strike on a Syrian air base earlier this month, the administration of President Donald Trump has offered conflicting…

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The Art of Middle East Peacemaking

President Donald Trump has surprised many of the pundits in Washington and the Middle East with his energetic pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. He has sent Jason…

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Fear Itself

A navi I’m not, but, still, it was good timing. Several weeks back, at the height of the fears fomented by bomb threats against U.S. Jewish institutions, I wrote an…

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We’re Doing Well

Polls consistently show us that people are unhappy. The Harris poll, which has been tracking happiness in the United States since 2008, always finds that what they call the “happiness…

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Dumb Luck?

“He’s on fire” sounds alarming. That is, unless it is a commentary about someone playing basketball, successfully scoring basket after basket. “Hot hand” and “in the zone” are synonymous expressions…

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The Mitzvah of Time

When Hashem created the heavens and the earth, He created time as well. Chazal say that every thing has its place, but every man has his hour (Avos 4:3). We…

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7 Ways U.S. Entry Into WWI Changed the World

The United States entered World War I one hundred years ago [this month]. Much has changed since then, obviously. And a lot of what’s changed has done so because the…

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Soaring at the Seder

If we would only be able to see it! If our eyes would only be able to perceive all that we accomplish with Pesach cleaning! The Yesod Yosef and others…

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Brexit Negotiations Likely to be Contentious

Nine months after the historic Brexit referendum, the U.K. formally notified E.U. Council President Donald Tusk this week that it will leave the European Union. The results of the forthcoming…

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Outcry Over Syria Redux

As we go to press, the United Nations Security Council is deliberating a resolution proposed by the United States, Britain and France to condemn an alleged chemical weapons attack in…

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The Seder – Seize the Opportunity

My paternal great-grandfather, Rav Reuven Dov Dessler, zt”l, was a prosperous timber merchant in pre-World War I Russia. His business dealings and his philanthropy reflected the absolute highest ideals of…

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Out of Excuses

When the Jewish tenant heard that his employer, the local poritz, wanted to attend his Seder, he was distinctly unhappy with the idea of hosting the coarse Polish landowner, but…

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No Solution?

No solution! No way out! It is a feeling that matters are well beyond our own capabilities to address. How many times do we feel that we have reached such…

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