Op-Ed

7 Ways U.S. Entry Into WWI Changed the World

The United States entered World War I one hundred years ago [this month]. Much has changed since then, obviously. And a lot of what’s changed has done so because the…

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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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Brexit Negotiations Likely to be Contentious

Nine months after the historic Brexit referendum, the U.K. formally notified E.U. Council President Donald Tusk this week that it will leave the European Union. The results of the forthcoming…

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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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No Solution?

No solution! No way out! It is a feeling that matters are well beyond our own capabilities to address. How many times do we feel that we have reached such…

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The Riddle of the Fours

Four questions. Four sons. Four expressions of geulah. Four cups of wine. Dam (= 44) was placed, in Mitzrayim, on the doorway (deles, “door,” being the technical spelling of what…

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Transmitting Truth

Researchers in the field of genetics have been making incredible discoveries in recent years, particularly in a subset called “epigenetics.” They have found that experiences, what they call “learned behaviors,”…

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The Road to Single-Payer Health Care

Repeal-and-replace (for Obamacare) is not quite dead. It has been declared so, but what that means is that, for now, the president has (apparently) washed his hands of it and…

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Best Plan

A helicopter landing-pad was once as far from being a generic household item as could possibly be. But that may soon change. OK, not for full-grown helicopters. But, still, it…

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Why This Night Really Is Different

Pesach night is very special night. Parents enjoy their role of v’higadeta levincha and children take pride in being the one who does ki yishalcha bincha. What a beautiful table…

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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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Why I Don’t Regret Voting for Obamacare

President Donald Trump last month pressured Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. If they didn’t, he warned, they would lose their seats in the next election. Speaker…

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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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Freedom Caucus Not Done Yet

The thwarting of President Trump’s effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was not the Freedom Caucus’ first taste of success. It has been hijacking the GOP’s plans…

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