Editorial

Spiritual Battles

The Berditchever Rav, zy”a, once noticed a group of Chassidim in animated conversation. He inquired what they were talking about. While somewhat uncomfortable about their choice of topic, they admitted…

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A Lesson of Chanukah: Realizing Our Potential

The opinion of Beis Shammai (Shabbos 21a) is that we light eight candles on the first night of Chanukah, and then we reduce the number of candles in the menorah…

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“It’s Not for Him to Give”

In the course of the Gerrer Rebbe, the Imrei Emes’s first visit to Eretz Yisrael in 1921, he met Britain’s High Commissioner, Lord Herbert Samuel. A Jew himself, Commissioner Samuel…

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Breaking Up Is Hard

There was a tangible sense of relief across Britain and the European Union after it was announced last Friday in Brussels that a settlement had been reached on Brexit. Instead…

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What’s at Stake in the Tax Bill

The Trump administration is poised for a major legislative achievement: a tax cut that promises an economic stimulus not seen since the Reagan era. The House and Senate have each…

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Starting Anew

“The Shevatim were occupied with the sale of Yosef, Yosef was occupied with his sackcloth and fasting, Reuven was occupied with his sackcloth and fasting, Yaakov was occupied with his…

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Realpolitik or Divine Providence?

In our world there are realities and perceived realities. Politics is based on perceived reality, and does not necessarily having anything to do with the facts on the ground. That…

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What Next in Korea?

The annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises this week assumed unusual significance, coming as they did soon after North Korea’s latest and most threatening ballistic missile test. Pyongyang charged on Monday…

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A Troublesome Mix

In June 2016, a British man named Tommy Mair shouted “Britain First!” before fatally shooting British Parliamentarian Jo Cox near the northern English city of Leeds. Britain First is the…

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Yaakov and Esav: The Perils of Kinship

Why did Yaakov Avinu, whose lofty levels of emunah and bitachon are beyond our comprehension, grow fearful and distressed when he heard that his brother Esav was coming toward him…

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Trump Meets Obama at the Consumer Crossroads

Rarely has there been such a direct confrontation between incoming and outgoing administrations in Washington. The scene was bizarre, a kind of real-life parody of warring ideologies, as an Obama…

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Rose Petals for an Arch-Terrorist?

Nine years have passed since ten members of an infamous Pakistani terror group unleashed a series of coordinated terror attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai. For three terrifying days,…

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The Courage of His Convictions

When Rabbi Yaakov Litzman resigned this week as health minister, the politicians and the pundits discussed at length what it would mean to the health of the coalition. But everyone…

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Uber Takes Customers And Drivers for a Ride

Transportation technology services that allow anyone who passes a background check to transport strangers from one point to another have mushroomed in recent years, the first, most familiar and most…

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A Kiddush Hashem for Shabbos

Sunday morning’s announcement that Health Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman was resigning from the government due to the repeated weekly desecration of Shabbos by Israel Rail should not have surprised anyone,…

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We Are Not In Control

Though they are spiritual entities without physical attributes, in Tanach we find that angels are described as having wings and being able to fly. So why were the malachim in…

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The Kennedy Assassination: From Trauma to History

The highly anticipated release of a massive trove of classified documents on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy earlier this month was mostly a trove of disappointments for those…

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The New Frontier

Of the more than 7,000 petitions submitted each year asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court’s ruling, only about 80 cases — or just over one percent…

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