Op-Ed

Enduring Encounters

It was an encounter that lasted less than a minute, but it made an enduring impression. Although two decades have passed since then, I still remember where in the hallway…

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The Kohen Gadol and the Simchah of Chessed

During the dancing at most weddings, one of my favorite niggunim is “Mareh Kohen.” First, it invokes fond memories of my childhood, when my brother and I often enjoyed this…

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Raising Our Voices for Children

Excerpts from the passionate message of Harav Naftali Glantz, shlita, Rav of Kehillas Chassidim in Elad, during the Shabbos Shuvah drashah. As we stand between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur,…

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Two Goats, Two Worldviews

The drawing of lots in the times of the Beis Hamikdash for the Yom Kippur ritual of the “shenei se’irim,” the “two goats,” undoubtedly commanded the rapt attention of all…

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A FATHER’S LOVE

As he stepped into the taxi, before he even had a chance to get his seat belt on, he noticed it. The driver had a large uncomfortable cast on his…

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Skinny Moments

Skinny house. Doesn’t quite sound like a property that would fetch a high price, but the one slated to be built on Euston Road in London has a market projection…

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The German Elections: Outrage and Perspective

When examining an event such as the German elections, in which a far-right, anti-Semitic party won seats in the Bundestag for the first time since Hitler, there are two basic…

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In the Wake of Hurricane…Sandy

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and with the hurricane season not yet over, insurance experts are dispensing valuable advice in the media about filing claims. Typically, they…

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The Prince, the Stone, And the Wall

“Stay close to me at all times,” a powerful king instructed his beloved son. “Never stray too far, for there are bandits that kidnap,” he warned him. On one occasion,…

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One More Minute, Please

It is Erev Rosh Hashanah. It has been a while now that my desk evolved into a kind of a community center, where letters, emails and calls ask for the…

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How Far We Can Go, How Close We Can Come

For those who heed the call of Rosh Hashanah, Aseres Yemei Teshuvah and Yom Kippur to teshuvah, Moshe’s statement about return should be encouraging, not only because he says that…

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Recidivist Repentance

It’s easy to feel disheartened, even despondent, as Rosh Hashanah approaches, at the realization that some of the things we did teshuvah for last year are things we need to…

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Are We Prepared?

Harav Chizkiyahu Mishkovsky, Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivas Orchos Torah, which was started in Bnei Brak by Harav Aharon Leib Steinman, shlita, once related a fascinating story. A Jew in Bnei…

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Equifax Should Be a Public Utility

Will Equifax finally be the one? Will this summer’s data breach involving 143 million of the credit bureau’s U.S. customers finally generate enough fear and outrage to cause Congress, the…

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Something Rotten in the State of Cuba

“Mysterious happenings” has been the most common trope summoned by the media over recent weeks about the strange occurrences in Cuba that began in late 2016 but were first confirmed…

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The High Court Doesn’t Want Us to Be Chareidim

Were it dependent on a majority of Israeli High Court judges, they would seemingly prefer that there not be a chareidi sector in Israel at all. The judges are ready…

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Why Trump Will Have to Continue Working With Democrats

Shortly before Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. mainland, the latest waves of Hurricane Trump hit Washington, reshaping political battle lines in a totally unexpected but potentially productive way. Many analysts…

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