Opinion

Recidivist Repentance

It’s easy to feel disheartened, even despondent, as Rosh Hashanah approaches, at the realization that some of the things we did teshuvah for last year are things we need to…

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Are We Prepared?

Harav Chizkiyahu Mishkovsky, Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivas Orchos Torah, which was started in Bnei Brak by Harav Aharon Leib Steinman, shlita, once related a fascinating story. A Jew in Bnei…

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Equifax Should Be a Public Utility

Will Equifax finally be the one? Will this summer’s data breach involving 143 million of the credit bureau’s U.S. customers finally generate enough fear and outrage to cause Congress, the…

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Why Trump Will Have to Continue Working With Democrats

Shortly before Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. mainland, the latest waves of Hurricane Trump hit Washington, reshaping political battle lines in a totally unexpected but potentially productive way. Many analysts…

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Here Come the Dems! Hang On to Your Property

Just one year ago, we were watching Hillary Clinton stumble away from the 9/11 memorial and wondering what our future president was up to. A year later, all we have…

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One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor

Recently, Rabbi Avi Shafran wrote in these pages that it is important to avoid partisanship, or what he called the “political sports team mentality” (The Peril of Partisanship, Aug. 30,…

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Kashering Elephants and Donkeys

I appreciate that Rabbi Menken, my friend of many years, agrees with me (facing page) that treating political affiliations like sports teams is wrong, as is attaching ourselves to political…

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Equifax Bungles Details Over and Over Again

Here’s a word of advice for companies in trouble: Don’t make the public any angrier than necessary. That’s the mistake Equifax repeated several times over in its careless handling of…

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A Bad Bargain on Immigration

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program this week, he said that President Donald Trump would give Congress time to legalize…

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Helping Young Illegal Immigrants the Right Way

It is about as right as right gets that young people whose parents brought them into the United States illegally as children should be legalized, and it was about as…

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The Israeli Supreme Court and the Western Wall

On Thursday, August 31, the Israeli Supreme Court held yet another hearing on the battle over religious control of the Kosel HaMaaravi. The Israeli Government had negotiated a deal allowing…

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A Modicum of Justice in the City of Our Fathers

In any country in the world, buying a house is a pretty straightforward matter. You find a property that interests you, make an offer that is acceptable to the owner,…

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Statues of Limitation

It’s safe to say that many of us are less than exercised over the public debate about Confederate-era statues on public lands. It may animate those with a dog in…

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Why We Need Tax Reform Now

Congress needs to put tax reform front and center this fall, and for a very good reason: The federal government spends and taxes too much. The problem goes even deeper…

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