Editorial

The Inner Life of Elephants

The big tent of the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus is being folded up and put away for good. The leaders of the radical group PETA (People for the…

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A Last-Minute, Ill-Conceived Gambit

With just over a week left to his term, President Obama chose last week to effectively end a 22-year-old policy designed to help ease the way toward American citizenship for…

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The Zeal to Repeal

“Gridlock, deadlock, stalemate, budgetary brinksmanship, paralyzing partisanship.” Those are some of the various terms frequently used to excoriate the dilatoriness of Capitol Hill. Much of the time, the battle-axe of…

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When Words Sprout Wings

Few things are as powerful as the spoken word. A warm greeting, a word of encouragement, a complimentary remark, can do wonders to inspire, uplift, and create a kiddush Hashem.…

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P.M. Netanyahu’s Delaying Tactics on Shabbos

The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday once again squirmed out of its national responsibility and avoided taking a decision on a Tel Aviv bylaw that would allow more supermarkets to open…

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The Horrific Florida Shooting

Americans are incredulous at the news of the Florida airport shooting. Not because a man could unobtrusively stroll into a large airport, calmly draw a weapon out of his waistband…

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A Hate March and The Reaction It Elicited

Until last week, the small Montana town of Whitefish (population 6,357, as of 2010) was known, if known at all, as home to a ski resort. Now, though, it is…

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Without A Sigh

The story of Nachum Ish Gam Zu is one of the most famous tales told by Chazal. Many of us learned in kindergarten how on the way to deliver a…

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Freedom of Religion Wins Out in Bernards Township

Even in this age of political correctness, religious bigotry continues to thrive in the streets and especially in social media. For the most part, here in the United States, where…

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The Call of the Kosel

For generations, spiritual giants as well as countless ordinary Jews yearned that they would one day stand before these ancient stones and beseech our Creator at the holiest place on…

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A Dream Deferred, a Dream Realized

It is hardly surprising that complaints about the newly opened Second Avenue Subway began on the very first day — actually, in the first few minutes. Trains were late; public…

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Medical Trainees Need Their Sleep

Getting five or six hours of sleep — not unusual for many of us — can not only hamper one’s kavanah in davening but can leave a driver impaired to…

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The History Behind the Flask

It was a discovery that shaped history: entering the tragically profaned Beis Hamikdash, the Chashmonaim were yet able to find a flask of pure oil, untouched by the impure Greek…

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A Problem With No Automatic Solution

Shopping isn’t what it used to be. Go into almost any major retail outlet, and the experience is the same: shelf after shelf and rack after rack of merchandise and…

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A Revelation of Ahavah

The kindling of neiros Chanukah is the only mitzvah that directly correlates to the miracle that occurred. For example, we don’t we have a mitzvah involving water on the seventh…

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Celebrating the Miracles Daily

Afew weeks ago, we marked the second anniversary of the Har Nof Massacre — five pure neshamos brutally taken from us in a makom kadosh, during davening, H”yd. It made…

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For the Sake of Coexistence

Israeli Arab Knesset members have an important role to play in Israel’s very vibrant democracy: to represent the country’s 1.7 million Arab citizens, or slightly more than 20 percent of…

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A Shameful Legacy

The Security Council’s vote on Friday to condemn Israel, demanding a return to the pre-1967 lines and explicitly raising the specter of sanctions, is arguably the single most odious manifesto…

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How to Identify an Angel

Harav Shmuel of Kaminka, zy”a, was pacing back and forth, deep in thought, as he prepared himself for davening Shacharis when a man came over and asked him for tzedakah.…

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The False Heroism of a Photojournalist

The assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey in Ankara on Tuesday shocked the world. Even though within less than 24 hours, 12 people were killed in a terrorist attack…

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