Editorial

Lost and Found

Among the chassidic Rebbes who survived the Holocaust was a spiritual giant who had tragically lost his entire family, with the exception of one granddaughter. When she came of age,…

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Old Hatred Needs New Response

On Monday and Tuesday, bomb threats forced the evacuation of Jewish community centers in a dozen cities; and in St. Louis, a 123-year-old Jewish cemetery was savagely desecrated, with at…

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An Extra Measure of Compassion

A broken-hearted widow came to Harav Yaakov, the Rav of Hrimilov and author of Kochav MiYaakov, and poured out her tale of woe. Left with insufficient income to sustain herself…

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Winter of Their Discontent

Those relying on the BBC for their news are assuming that the number of people thinking about leaving the United States because of the election of President Donald Trump has…

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Modern Weapons, Malign Designs

When North Korea threatened, on January 1, to test an intercontinental ballistic missile, then-president-elect Donald J. Trump vowed to stop the rogue nation from developing a nuclear weapon capable of…

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Why Did He Come?

“What did Yisro hear that impelled him to come and visit Bnei Yisrael in the Midbar? He heard about krias Yam Suf and the war with Amalek” (Rashi, beginning of…

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A High-Water Event

Californians and the rest of the country have just received the latest, unpleasant reminder about the appalling condition of the national infrastructure. Any lingering, secret hopes that the country’s bridges,…

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Realistic Expectations

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House this week is markedly different from his frequent visits there over the past eight years. Today, the man who occupies…

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A New American Delegation at the U.N.

Amid what appears to be a serious rethink in the Trump administration regarding its policy toward Israeli building in Yehudah and Shomron, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley took…

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A Test That Failed

Physical attacks on Israel of late have come largely from Hamas in Gaza and individual murderers and would-be murderers within the country’s borders. But a relentless barrage of propaganda bombs…

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A Living Kiddush Hashem

The Midrash on “Az yashir Moshe” tells of a mountain named Emunah which stands just outside border of Eretz Yisrael. When Moshiach will come — may it be speedily in…

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Marine Le Pen’s Kippah Ban Proposal

In an interview with an Israeli journalist on Monday, Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate for president of France, had the unthinkable effrontery to propose that the Jews of France…

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A Commendable Choice for the High Court

For nearly eight months — from last March until this past November — Democrats called for the United States Senate to vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland, President Obama’s…

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Misophonia

Winston Churchill was a valiant soldier, led his nation into war against terrible odds, and bore withering criticism and numerous insults during his embattled political career. He weathered defeat and…

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Politics and Pulpits

One of the clearest lines in the sand that separates religion and politics in America is something known as the Johnson Amendment. Last week, President Donald Trump vowed to “totally…

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Kindling Light in the Darkness

The ninth plague with which Hashem punished the Egyptians was the plague of darkness. For three days an Egyptian “could not see his brother.” This was followed by an even…

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Fighting Their Way Out Of a Plastic Bag

Lawmakers in Albany are expressing fierce opposition to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan that New York City will impose a five-cent fee on plastic bags starting in February. Not that…

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Respect Judaism, Respect Democracy

An important letter was delivered to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday that has ramifications for the sanctity of the Kosel and the unity of the Jewish people. Signed…

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The Risk of Medical Myths

We live in frightening times. There’s no doubt about it. From the Iranian and North Korean nuclear threats to terrorists in Israel, Europe and America, not to mention “ordinary” crime…

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Private Means to a Public Good

The usual suspects — teachers’ unions, “public school advocates” and liberal Democrats — have voiced opposition to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as President Trump’s Secretary of Education. Randi Weingarten,…

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