Editorial

Appreciating a Malchus Shel Chessed

On Monday, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, the leader of the premier malchus shel chessed in our time, is scheduled to land in Israel. Torah Jewry in…

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He Who Sustains the Bear

The story is told of a Yid who made a living chopping wood in the forest and using his horse and wagon to sell the firewood. Near his worksite, a…

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Lessons From A Massive Ransomware Attack

The vicious criminals behind the unprecedented ransomware cyberattack that struck at least 200,000 victims in some 150 countries, appear — at least at this point — to have been motivated…

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The Friend of My Enemy

Every president leaves various problems unsolved, passing them on to his successor. One such problem is scheduled to arrive in Washington on Tuesday. Its name is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and…

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A Sinkhole Sounds a Nuclear Warning

As nuclear facility accidents go, the recent one at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on the Columbia River in Washington State was relatively minor. Still, some workers were hurriedly evacuated and…

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A Matter of Influence

When Harav Yehoshua Leib Diskin, zt”l, still resided in Europe, one day, the mail arrived at the same time that a young shochet, a father of a large family, was…

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The Firing of James Comey

The news of the firing of FBI director James Comey stunned the nation and provoked an instantaneous reaction: astonishment in some quarters, indignation and allegations in others. As the president’s…

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Let the Ears Hear What the Mouth Is Saying

As detailed in the accompanying editorial, the recent decision by UNESCO — only the latest in a long string of vicious actions taken by a body blinded by baseless hate…

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The Only Thing That Matters

In an odd sort of way, and certainly without meaning to, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) lived up to its name last week. In passing a…

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Le Pen’s Victory

The civilized world has stopped holding its breath. Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France, not Marine Le Pen. True, on election eve the polls showed the centrist Macron an…

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Legislative Action Needed On Religious Rights

Social “progressives” were alarmed, and political and religious conservatives heartened, by a presidential executive order draft leaked to the media in February. President Trump, it seemed, was poised to reverse…

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The Third Friend

V’ahavta l’reiacha kamocha — “You shall love your fellow as yourself.” These may be three of the best-known words of the Torah, and a precept that has been inculcated in…

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Overbooking and Over the Top

For once, the perpetually-criticized denizens of Capitol Hill had a chance to say that something was broken besides Washington. On Tuesday, the executives of four major airlines were hauled before…

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All Eyes on France

As the two candidates make their final pitches to voters, much of Western society anxiously awaits the results of Sunday’s runoff election in France. Ten days ago, that country’s voters…

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Introducing the ‘New, Improved’ Hamas

Hamas has turned over a new leaf. At least, that’s what the Western world is supposed to believe in the wake of its new charter, announced this week. The Jews…

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A Nationwide Chessed

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to wake people up. In 2013, police officers in the little central Texas town of Belton found an elderly woman who had passed away days…

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A Persistent Insanity Infects a Local Election

In the latest twist in the bizarre story of bizarre New York City Council candidate Thomas Lopez-Pierre, a fundraising “GoFundMe” webpage with a photograph of the rabidly anti-Semitic rabble-rouser obscured…

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The Good Tidings

Hagaon Harav Baruch Teumim Frankel, zt”l, known for his classic sefer Baruch Taam, once entered the kitchen and found his daughter and a hired helper enjoying a light moment together.…

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Salted Bagels With Lox and Cream Cheese

Most people underestimate the amount of salt they consume in their diet. Grossly. Like by a factor of six! For example, many are unaware that an Everything Bagel contains 630…

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The Real Zachor

For many years, I remembered my mother, a”h, telling me how her father, Hy”d, was caught with a sefer Torah and sent to Treblinka. For many years, I had no…

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