Opinion

America Had a Government Before the Constitution

Americans have started paying more attention to the Constitution in recent times, in part to see what wisdom it might hold, and also to better understand what constraints might bind…

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Accept No Substitutes

Reflecting the wonderful growth, baruch Hashem, of the Torah-observant tzibbur over the years, the community as a whole has become more prominent in American society. That, of course, brings both…

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Reading Between the Hardlines

Mere days after senior Hamas operative Muhammad Hemada Walid al-Quqa blew himself up preparing a bomb, The New York Times noted, in a recent front page story about the Muslim…

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How to Make Your Voice Heard in Washington

Since the November elections, we’ve seen unprecedented numbers of Americans speaking out on public policy. Voters want to influence their lawmakers on high-stakes issues from health care to climate change,…

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The Two-State Imposition

For years now, the United States of America has had a very particular idea of how the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians was supposed to play out. The only…

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A Nickel More or a Nickel Less?

Punishment. It seems that so many of us favor it as the preferred motivator. Students, children, employees. You name it. If we want them to do something, or not do…

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The Case of the Cover-Up in Search of a Crime

It’s a Watergate-era cliche that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence…

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Trump’s Travel Restrictions Are in Place to Protect U.S.

Protests against President Donald Trump, some peaceful and others destructive, continue to be celebrated by the media. The most recent ones are protests against Trump’s travel restrictions on several countries…

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What the Doctor Ordered

A Dutch doctor who ordered an elderly dementia patient’s family to restrain her as she was given a lethal injection was recently cleared of wrongdoing by a panel that considered…

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Against Ad Hominem

The United States Senate is often referred to as “the world’s most deliberative body.” Unlike the lower chamber, the House of Representatives, the Senate is the body from which more…

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The Travel Moratorium: A Hopeless Disaster

Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration’s travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with almost everything in American life, what should be a policy…

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Much Pain, No Gain

The great irony behind the traumatic evacuation of Amona is that no one gains from it. The 42 families that built a community on an empty hilltop, exposed to the…

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