Op-Ed

With the Push of a Button

At about 8:07 a.m. local time, cellphones in Hawaii began to sound off with the aggressive, long pulsating tone that normally indicates a flash flood warning. As the residents of…

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Let the Lights Shine in Yehudah and Shomron

Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, the Rav of Eilon Moreh in the Shomron, put it best. “So much blessing filled you,” he said, addressing Rabbi Raziel Shevach, Hy”d, who died last week…

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Remarkable Bordering on Incredible

Senator Orrin G. Hatch’s announcement of his retirement at the end of the year brought me back to the summer of 1995. That’s when I returned to my family’s former…

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The Real Problem of Fake News

The era of fake news has entered its second phase. France’s President Emmanuel Macron has announced that he will seek new legislation to provide the state with a “legal arsenal”…

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Time to Own Up to a ‘Jew Hunt’

It has been more than 20 years since F.B.I. agents brandishing a search warrant appeared at the front door of David Tenenbaum’s suburban Detroit home as he and his family…

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Why Kim Jong Un Wanted the Korea Talks

Last year Kim Jong Un shocked the world with the unexpected speed of his nuclear missile development, his brutal crackdown on apparent rivals and suspicions that he ordered the assassination…

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Hakaras Hatov Unlimited

When the Ribbono shel Olam brought the first of the Ten Plagues upon the Mitzriyim, he instructed that it be Aharon rather than Moshe who would take the staff and…

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The Day Somebody Picked Up the Phone

On January 3, 2018, the phone rang — and somebody answered. The call was made by South Korea to North Korea on the inter-Korean hotline. Seoul had been calling twice…

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When Gullibility and Sensationalism Reign

It is told that a popular author of non-fiction was once approached by a man who introduced himself as the protagonist in a short story he had published. “I don’t…

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Fund the U.N.’s Goals, Not the U.N.

The Trump administration has shaken things up by announcing that it is reevaluating its generous support for UNRWA, the United Nations’ Palestinian “refugee” agency. The decision is based on at…

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The Jewish Connection

The vandalism of a Fort Smith, Arkansas mosque in 2016 by three young local men wouldn’t seem to have any Jewish connection. But it did. Or, better, it turns out…

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An Emotional Roller Coaster

In “State of Unity, City of Unity” by your guest Dov Fuchs (Features Parashas Vayechi, 9 Teves, December 27), he begins: “Three monumental events over the past week have taken…

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Trump Is Right to Bully America’s Enemies

In recent years, anti-bullying campaigns have become standard fare in high school and college. Our society has decided, rightly, that bullies should no longer be tolerated because their hurtful attacks…

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Talking About Infrastructure

Investigators looking into the Amtrak derailment that killed three people last month have yet to determine why the train was going 80 miles per hour on a tight curve where…

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A Potential Nightmare for Dreamers

There are currently nearly 800,000 of them in the United States. They are men and women who are working and paying taxes and have lived here since childhood but who…

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The Real Cry

A foolish royal prince acted so inappropriately that his father banished him from the palace. Homeless, the prince wandered from place to place, feeling the bitter taste of want and…

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