Editorial

The Unpleasant Truth About Purim

In past years, in the weeks prior to Purim, we published strongly worded editorials about the disastrous effects of out-of-hand inebriation on Purim. We wrote about the horror stories related…

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A Breath of Fresh Air for Israel

“Better is the enemy of good.” That idiom, popularized by the French philosopher Voltaire, applies to President Donald Trump’s policies on Israel, at least at this early stage of his…

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The “Trial” of Neil Gorsuch

In former times, the confirmation of a nominee for the Supreme Court tended to be a routine affair. If the nominee was at least nominally qualified to sit on the…

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Beware the Cyber-Bear

Criminals, including cybercriminals, people who use the internet to steal personal information or infiltrate commercial, political or government entities, come in all nationalities. But there seems to be a preponderance…

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Erasure, Inscription and Mesirus Nefesh

It was an incomprehensible turn of events. Bnei Yisrael had just reached the greatest spiritual heights imaginable when an unspeakable calamity occurred, a calamity which continues to affect us to…

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A Head Start on Discrimination

While this week’s ruling of the European Union’s Court of Justice (ECJ) to allow the banning under certain circumstances of Islamic headscarves (the hijab) won’t resolve the highly charged debate…

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Antidote to Amalek

Once again, Klal Yisrael celebrated the joyous Yom Tov of Purim in a spectacular exhibition of generosity. Astronomical sums of money were discreetly distributed to the destitute, mostly through third…

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Turning the Clock Back On Daylight Saving

It is that time of year again — for turning the clocks forward, and grumbling about it. This year, though, could be different. Years of grumbling over losing an hour’s…

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Why Amalek?

Throughout our long history, our nation was repeatedly attacked and persecuted by a long list of adversaries and self-declared enemies. Yet the commandment of remembrance and the obligation to eradicate…

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Prepare for a Freilichen Purim!

This year Taanis Esther is observed on Thursday, 11 Adar, since Purim falls on a Sunday. This reminds us of a unique aspect of Purim, that unlike other Yamim Tovim,…

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Destroying the Remnants of Amalek From Within

Although Purim was instituted by Chazal, there are two complementary Torah-ordained mitzvos that play an integral role in the Yom Tov: the negative command not to forget Amalek’s attack on…

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Constructive Criticism

Introspection is a good thing, for countries as well as people. But when it comes to Israel’s habit of investigating itself after every military confrontation, and engaging in public self-flagellation,…

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The Challenge of Asian Carp

In the 1950s, British colonists introduced Nile perch into Lake Victoria, creating an economic boom for the local fishing industry. As the fish propagated, over 180,000 jobs were added by…

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Name-Calling in the Name of Civil Rights

President Trump is said to be considering an executive order barring the federal government from punishing people or institutions that support traditional religious approaches to contemporary social issues. The language…

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Rejoicing In its Colors

For much of his life, the Chofetz Chaim lived in abject poverty. On one occasion, his saintly wife complained about the difficulty of her plight. Speaking out of pain, she…

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Repeal and Replace, Whatever That Means

Seven years after a Democratic-majority Congress passed President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act over tooth-and-nail Republican opposition, President Donald Trump stood before a Republican-majority Congress and declared: “Tonight, I am…

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Words Alone Do Not Suffice

For the second time in a week, word that a Jewish cemetery in a major U.S. city has been vandalized sent shockwaves across the country. Days after Vice President Pence…

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The Ultimate Quagmire

The American military involvement in that forbidding place called Afghanistan has dragged on for 15 years, and as recent developments continue to indicate, it is not over yet. By comparison,…

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