Op-Ed

A Hate March and The Reaction It Elicited

Until last week, the small Montana town of Whitefish (population 6,357, as of 2010) was known, if known at all, as home to a ski resort. Now, though, it is…

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Without A Sigh

The story of Nachum Ish Gam Zu is one of the most famous tales told by Chazal. Many of us learned in kindergarten how on the way to deliver a…

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Three Unpopular Parts of Obamacare Should Stay

As Republicans consider repealing President Barack Obama’s health-care law, what bits should they be looking to keep? A lot of people will have different answers to this, of course, but…

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Reagan’s Lesson to Trump: Listen to the Lawyers

The last time progressives were this alarmed about a presidential transition… Ronald Reagan, dismissed by many as an actor and an extremist, was about to become commander-in-chief. At the time,…

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Freedom of Religion Wins Out in Bernards Township

Even in this age of political correctness, religious bigotry continues to thrive in the streets and especially in social media. For the most part, here in the United States, where…

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A Betrayal of Israel, and of the Two-State Solution

President Barack Obama’s decision to allow passage of a scandalously anti-Israel and anti-peace resolution in the United Nations Security Council is a fitting end to his presidency, which has been…

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I Abstain From the Outrage

True or False? *The U.S. abstention to the recent U.N. resolution was the first time an American administration declined to veto a Security Council resolution critical of Israel and opposed…

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The Call of the Kosel

For generations, spiritual giants as well as countless ordinary Jews yearned that they would one day stand before these ancient stones and beseech our Creator at the holiest place on…

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Acknowledging Realities

In the Russian city of Luban, there lived a moser we will call “Yankel.” Life under the iron fist of the Russian government made life hard enough for the Jews…

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Loss and Legacy

Like so many of his generation in Europe, he had an all too short childhood. At the outbreak of the Second World War, when he was 14, he found himself,…

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Obama’s Final, Most Shameful, Legacy Moment

“When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.” – Barack Obama, AIPAC conference, March 4, 2012 The audience — overwhelmingly Jewish, passionately pro-Israel and supremely gullible — applauded wildly.…

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Are Resolutions About Resolve?

“Anywhere in the world that Jews have never lived,” Harav Yaakov Weinberg once asserted in a public lecture, “there exists practically no morality whatsoever. Whatever morality the world has, it…

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A Dream Deferred, a Dream Realized

It is hardly surprising that complaints about the newly opened Second Avenue Subway began on the very first day — actually, in the first few minutes. Trains were late; public…

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Hacking Democratic Rules Isn’t Good Government

On a list of topics of broad general interest to the reading public, “parliamentary procedure” used to fall somewhere between “competitive badminton” and “advanced topics in topiary design.” Now, however,…

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Don’t Write Democracy Off Just Yet

This past year has been one where the limits and failings of democracy became more visible than at any time since World War II enshrined the view that representative government…

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Medical Trainees Need Their Sleep

Getting five or six hours of sleep — not unusual for many of us — can not only hamper one’s kavanah in davening but can leave a driver impaired to…

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The History Behind the Flask

It was a discovery that shaped history: entering the tragically profaned Beis Hamikdash, the Chashmonaim were yet able to find a flask of pure oil, untouched by the impure Greek…

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