Editorial

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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The Shabbos Crisis

Israel’s High Court is nothing if not consistent. Time after time, it rules against Am Yisrael and everything that is holy to it, whether the issue is conversion, draft deferrals…

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A Wall Too High

The barrier separating state and religion in the United States, that has been constructed layer by layer over centuries by the Supreme Court, may have reached a limit of sorts,…

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What Would the Kedoshim Have Wanted?

There are numerous dates that have been dedicated to Holocaust remembrance. The United Nations has set it as January 27, the date that Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz. Others chose to…

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Eternal Joy

As Bnei Yisrael rejoiced with the erection of the Mishkan and the inauguration of Aharon and his sons into the kehunah, a devastating tragedy occurred: Two of the four sons…

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The Art of Middle East Peacemaking

President Donald Trump has surprised many of the pundits in Washington and the Middle East with his energetic pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. He has sent Jason…

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The Mitzvah of Time

When Hashem created the heavens and the earth, He created time as well. Chazal say that every thing has its place, but every man has his hour (Avos 4:3). We…

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Soaring at the Seder

If we would only be able to see it! If our eyes would only be able to perceive all that we accomplish with Pesach cleaning! The Yesod Yosef and others…

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Outcry Over Syria Redux

As we go to press, the United Nations Security Council is deliberating a resolution proposed by the United States, Britain and France to condemn an alleged chemical weapons attack in…

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The Seder – Seize the Opportunity

My paternal great-grandfather, Rav Reuven Dov Dessler, zt”l, was a prosperous timber merchant in pre-World War I Russia. His business dealings and his philanthropy reflected the absolute highest ideals of…

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Out of Excuses

When the Jewish tenant heard that his employer, the local poritz, wanted to attend his Seder, he was distinctly unhappy with the idea of hosting the coarse Polish landowner, but…

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Going After the Hackers

The United States has been victimized by foreign hackers for a long time. While the U.S. remains a superpower in real space — no one comes close in nuclear weapons,…

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Expand, Don’t Cut, Pell Grant Program

The White House is proposing an immediate $18 billion in cuts to a number of government programs, and further belt-tightening next year. Some of the cuts, like the total defunding…

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Rei’ach Nicho’ach

Teaching the halachos of korban olah, the Torah concludes by describing it as rei’ach nicho’ach, “a pleasing fragrance.” The same words follow the halachos of bringing a bird as a…

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Hailing Haley

The star of the AIPAC conference on Monday was, unquestionably, Nikki Haley, the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The 18,000 attendees roared their approval for the “new sheriff…

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The Healthcare Malaise Continues

In a stunning upset, after spending the past seven years expressing its determination and firm commitment to abolish the law commonly known as Obamacare, the GOP was forced on Friday…

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The Kid From Ashkelon Isn’t the Whole Story

The initial reaction to the news that a Jew in Israel was arrested on suspicion of making more than 100 threatening calls to Jewish institutions in the United States is…

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Nanny Weather

There’s been a great deal of talk in recent months about lies told by politicians and journalists. The media has been filled with accusations — some verified, some not, many…

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The Wages of Hatred on a City Street

It’s not an uncommon sight: can and bottle collectors on the streets, people with no or limited incomes working neighborhoods with large bags or old shopping carts filled to the…

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