Op-Ed

More Than a Buzz

Considering the fact that bee colonies can contain up to 80,000 members — and her royal majesty lays between 1,000 to 3,000 eggs per day — finding a bunch of…

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Cellphone Withdrawal

Although it is a psychotherapist’s job to help others overcome difficulties, I recently decided that I needed to give myself some therapy. Let me share with you why. I was…

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Down the Conspiracy Rabbit Hole

When he was Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George Shultz was once asked about the CIA’s disavowal of involvement in a mysterious recent bombing in Lebanon. Replied Shultz: “If the…

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Turning the Clock Back On Daylight Saving

It is that time of year again — for turning the clocks forward, and grumbling about it. This year, though, could be different. Years of grumbling over losing an hour’s…

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Reconsidering Jury Duty

My reflex on getting called to jury duty is still “How can I get out of it?” But I know that’s mostly the … fight-or-flight part of my brain. “Who’s…

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Why Amalek?

Throughout our long history, our nation was repeatedly attacked and persecuted by a long list of adversaries and self-declared enemies. Yet the commandment of remembrance and the obligation to eradicate…

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Health-Care Politics Now Favors the Democrats

Not everyone hates House Speaker Paul Ryan’s new health-care bill. Sure, conservative policy wonks, pretty much across the board, hate it. Right-wing agitators like Heritage Action hate it. Donor tax-cut…

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Prepare for a Freilichen Purim!

This year Taanis Esther is observed on Thursday, 11 Adar, since Purim falls on a Sunday. This reminds us of a unique aspect of Purim, that unlike other Yamim Tovim,…

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Combating the Forces of Hate

We’ve seen an unprecedented level of hatred directed at Jewish institutions and people. I don’t want to minimize that — it is profoundly disturbing. But let’s also remember, the City…

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Destroying the Remnants of Amalek From Within

Although Purim was instituted by Chazal, there are two complementary Torah-ordained mitzvos that play an integral role in the Yom Tov: the negative command not to forget Amalek’s attack on…

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Constructive Criticism

Introspection is a good thing, for countries as well as people. But when it comes to Israel’s habit of investigating itself after every military confrontation, and engaging in public self-flagellation,…

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Deportation Vexation

My wife and I don’t employ an undocumented housekeeper — or a documented one, for that matter. But we recently met someone in the former category. “Leah” greeted my wife…

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Being Uncompromising

Among authentic conservatives, it is fair to say that there are two schools of thought when it comes to dealing with President Trump. He is, after all, not entirely conservative,…

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Revolt of the STATE attorneys general

Among the many unintended legacies of Barack Obama, one has gone largely unnoticed: the emergence of a novel form of resistance to executive overreach, a check-and-balance improvised in reaction to…

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The Challenge of Asian Carp

In the 1950s, British colonists introduced Nile perch into Lake Victoria, creating an economic boom for the local fishing industry. As the fish propagated, over 180,000 jobs were added by…

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Name-Calling in the Name of Civil Rights

President Trump is said to be considering an executive order barring the federal government from punishing people or institutions that support traditional religious approaches to contemporary social issues. The language…

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