Editorial

The Mundane, Too, Is Miraculous

Readers who live in or are visiting Lincoln Beach, Oregon, will get the first glimpse. That’s where the solar eclipse, whose totality-path crosses a broad swath of the United States,…

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Alms Collector or Heroic Rescuer?

After a long day spent going house-to-house attempting to collect alms, a beggar knocks on the door of a stately mansion. Without thinking twice, he opens the unlocked outside door…

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On Journalistic Response to Disaster

On Monday night, a truck collided with a pedestrian bridge on the edge of Bnei Brak, causing the bridge to collapse on top of the truck and its driver, who…

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The Very Real Danger of Domestic Terrorism

The horrific attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, reminds America once again that Islamic extremists do not have a monopoly on terrorism. Taking a page right out of the playbook of IS…

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Many Excuses, One Reason, For Lack of Peace

The Palestinian Authority has always been good at coming up with excuses for rejecting peace with Israel. In 2000, Yasser Arafat walked away from then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s offer of…

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Recognizing Reform — for What It Is

The relentless campaign of the Reform movement has set its sights on the holiest and most sensitive areas of Judaism in Eretz Yisrael — including the Kosel, giyur and mikvaos.…

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Moment of Truth for Kuwait

Confusion reigned at the end of last week over the issue of Kuwait’s hosting of North Korean laborers. On Thursday, the U.S. ally insisted that, contrary to a State Department…

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Knowing When to Defy Reality

Deep in our hearts is a constant yearning for spiritual growth. Often all it takes is a reminder, a powerful lecture, even an overheard inspiring comment, and this yearning comes…

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Involuntary Bumping Gets Bumped

The involuntary bumping of airline passengers has taken a nose dive. In the last quarter, from April to June, U.S. carriers registered the lowest quarterly rate since the federal government…

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Recalculating the Road to Shidduchim

In the glorious era when we still merited that the Beis Hamikdash stood in Yerushalayim, 15 Av — which we marked this week — was a joyous Yom Tov. It…

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A New Breed of (Humble) Diplomat

One of the great mysteries of life is how every new administration — be it in the United States, Europe, China or Russia — honestly believes that it has the…

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Things Are Better — And Getting Worse

The news of the economy is good. That seems to be the message behind the statistics released this week by the U.S. Labor Department: Employers added 209,000 jobs in July.…

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A RAISE We Can Do Without

Last week saw President Trump embrace a Congressional proposal to slash legal immigration to the United States in half within a decade by sharply curtailing the ability of American citizens…

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Setting Our Own Price Tag

A young man approached his Dayan with the following question. During an upcoming business trip he would be staying for a day in an area without a minyan. Is he…

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The Consolation of Wounded Warriors

On both the communal level and individual ones, we are in desperate need of comfort and consolation. Nearly 2,000 years after the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash, we are still…

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Choking Off Terrorism at the Source

A six-man jury in Austria decided last week that words kill. And for that reason, it sentenced a Hamas member to life in prison for using the social media to…

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Days of Rage

On Sunday, several thousand people gathered in the Turkish capital, Istanbul, to voice their anger against Israeli security measures on Har HaBayis. It was the usual thing — protesters waving…

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The Heart of Yirmiyahu

What was Yirmiyahu Hanavi feeling when he composed Eichah? The question itself seems amazing. What could he be feeling when describing the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash, when memorializing the…

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An Eruv in Galus

It took a mere six days for a group calling itself “Mahwah Strong” to amass 3,000 members from among the northeast New Jersey hamlet’s residents. The cause that rallied the…

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Seeing, Mourning, and Consolation

The unique name for this Shabbos comes from the first word of the Haftarah. But why is this particular prophecy by Yeshayah Hanavi considered a chazon? One answer is that…

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