Op-Ed

Once Again, the Guardrails Hold

A future trivia question and historical footnote, the spectacular 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci qualifies as the most entertaining episode yet of the ongoing reality show that is the Trump…

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John Kelly: New Sheriff in Town or New Sherpa?

Much has been made of the turbulence that has reigned in President Trump’s White House during the twister that’s been the first six months of his tenure. Despite Mr. Trump’s…

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Things Are Better — And Getting Worse

The news of the economy is good. That seems to be the message behind the statistics released this week by the U.S. Labor Department: Employers added 209,000 jobs in July.…

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A RAISE We Can Do Without

Last week saw President Trump embrace a Congressional proposal to slash legal immigration to the United States in half within a decade by sharply curtailing the ability of American citizens…

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Setting Our Own Price Tag

A young man approached his Dayan with the following question. During an upcoming business trip he would be staying for a day in an area without a minyan. Is he…

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Cutting Legal Immigration Would Hurt America

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday in a joint statement with Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) that he would like to dramatically slash legal — not illegal —…

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The Consolation of Wounded Warriors

On both the communal level and individual ones, we are in desperate need of comfort and consolation. Nearly 2,000 years after the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash, we are still…

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Choking Off Terrorism at the Source

A six-man jury in Austria decided last week that words kill. And for that reason, it sentenced a Hamas member to life in prison for using the social media to…

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Time to Come Home

An article I wrote back in 2001 for Moment Magazine, a Jewish periodical, was not well-received at the time in some circles. Understandably. The article’s thesis was that the Conservative…

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Decluttering a Confusing West Wing

The Mooch is in The Reince is out The media is still confused: What it’s all about. Wait, wait, confusion still abounds The Mooch is also gone and away Replaced…

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Not Black or White

Imagine a store owner in possession of shoplifting footage. Not a blurry playback where the person’s face is indistinguishable, but an absolutely unambiguous recording, where the thief’s face and features…

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Sessions lessons

Transparency, thy name is Trump, Donald Trump. No filter, no governor, no editor lies between his impulses and his public actions. He tweets, therefore he is. Ronald Reagan was so…

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Days of Rage

On Sunday, several thousand people gathered in the Turkish capital, Istanbul, to voice their anger against Israeli security measures on Har HaBayis. It was the usual thing — protesters waving…

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Sen. Graham Not Fooled by Palestinian Martyr Payments

Husam Zomlot does not have an easy job. He is the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s representative in Donald Trump’s Washington. And despite Trump’s early promise to seek the ultimate deal to…

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The Heart of Yirmiyahu

What was Yirmiyahu Hanavi feeling when he composed Eichah? The question itself seems amazing. What could he be feeling when describing the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash, when memorializing the…

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Send Me the Clip

We both had arrived at virtually the same time to the entrance of the sefarim store, only to discover that it was already closed. While the store did have late…

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An Eruv in Galus

It took a mere six days for a group calling itself “Mahwah Strong” to amass 3,000 members from among the northeast New Jersey hamlet’s residents. The cause that rallied the…

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