Editorial

The Dove And The Raven

As the waters receded, Noach tried to send out a raven to determine whether the earth was dry but the bird refused to go, and simply flew back and forth…

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Peacemaking, Palestinian Style

The question of whether there is a partner for peace in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has occupied Israelis for years. Even when negotiations were taking place, it hung like a huge…

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72 Hours of Bliss

As is the case each time Rosh Hashanah falls on a Thursday, which is hardly an infrequent occurrence, the Jews of the Diaspora repeatedly celebrated in recent weeks what is…

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The Knesset’s First Order of Business

When the Knesset convenes next week for its winter session, it will have the opportunity to address one of the biggest threats to Israel’s democracy: the Supreme Court’s unchecked power…

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The Un-Affordable Care Act

Congress returned to work on Monday. You could tell by the rhetorical flame and smoke issuing from Capitol Hill as early as the weekend in response to President Donald Trump’s…

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Talking Turkey

Recent U.S. confrontations with implacable enemies like Iran and North Korea have somewhat overshadowed the escalating and deeply concerning deterioration of American relations with a longtime ally, Turkey. Earlier this…

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Accumulated Blessings

“And this is the blessing that Moshe Ish HaElokim blessed the children of Israel before his death.” (Devarim 33:1) The words of the Torah here require comment. What does it…

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The Incredible Tasteless Aravah

The Torah commands us to take the arbaah minim each year on the Yom Tov of Sukkos. Chazal explain that each of the four species represents a different type of…

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Putting the Peace Horse Before the Cart

Some things never change. When three Israelis were murdered in a terror attack last week in Har Hadar, a bucolic Jewish community near Telzstone, just outside of Yerushalayim, CNN couldn’t…

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The Infamous Interpol Vote

The Interpol vote on Wednesday to accept the Palestinians as members of the international police organization was reported as a victory for them and a defeat for Israel, which had…

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Enduring Encounters

It was an encounter that lasted less than a minute, but it made an enduring impression. Although two decades have passed since then, I still remember where in the hallway…

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The Kohen Gadol and the Simchah of Chessed

During the dancing at most weddings, one of my favorite niggunim is “Mareh Kohen.” First, it invokes fond memories of my childhood, when my brother and I often enjoyed this…

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Raising Our Voices for Children

Excerpts from the passionate message of Harav Naftali Glantz, shlita, Rav of Kehillas Chassidim in Elad, during the Shabbos Shuvah drashah. As we stand between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur,…

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The German Elections: Outrage and Perspective

When examining an event such as the German elections, in which a far-right, anti-Semitic party won seats in the Bundestag for the first time since Hitler, there are two basic…

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In the Wake of Hurricane…Sandy

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and with the hurricane season not yet over, insurance experts are dispensing valuable advice in the media about filing claims. Typically, they…

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The Prince, the Stone, And the Wall

“Stay close to me at all times,” a powerful king instructed his beloved son. “Never stray too far, for there are bandits that kidnap,” he warned him. On one occasion,…

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One More Minute, Please

It is Erev Rosh Hashanah. It has been a while now that my desk evolved into a kind of a community center, where letters, emails and calls ask for the…

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How Far We Can Go, How Close We Can Come

For those who heed the call of Rosh Hashanah, Aseres Yemei Teshuvah and Yom Kippur to teshuvah, Moshe’s statement about return should be encouraging, not only because he says that…

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Something Rotten in the State of Cuba

“Mysterious happenings” has been the most common trope summoned by the media over recent weeks about the strange occurrences in Cuba that began in late 2016 but were first confirmed…

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The High Court Doesn’t Want Us to Be Chareidim

Were it dependent on a majority of Israeli High Court judges, they would seemingly prefer that there not be a chareidi sector in Israel at all. The judges are ready…

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