Special Features

The Harvard Grad Behind the NYC Mayor’s Dreams

Interview with Richard Buery By Yochonon Donn When Bill de Blasio became New York City’s 109th mayor in January of 2014, there was no doubt as to his priority: free…

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Ted Cruz

When Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for president on March 23, 2015, he did it with a bang. In his campaign kick-off speech, he repeatedly made mention of his conservative…

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Sherzad Omar Mamsani

Jews and Kurds share an ancient bond. However, the vast majority of the 2,800-year-old Iraqi Jewish community was forced to flee the country in the 1940s and 1950s and make…

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The Future of Global Threats

It’s been just over 70 years since the single most destructive weapon ever known to mankind was used to end World War II — and jump start the Cold War…

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the BBC: Masters of DECEPTION

The BBC has come under fire again for its Israel coverage after a Palestinian terrorist stabbed two Israeli civilians to death and was then shot by security services. The BBC…

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In Sanity

I once asked a clinical psychologist “What’s the official term for someone who’s off his rocker?” I expected a dissertation based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders…

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Unruly

“Those are not rules; those are morals.” My wife teaches English and was explaining rules and regulations to her students. When she asked for examples, they came up with things…

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The Anachrobat

I’m older than I am. I don’t mean senior moments turning into days. Actually, my memory is improving. These days, I forget things much faster. I mean like when Avraham…

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Happy Days Are Here Again

Newcomers and non-comers to Judaism scratch their heads at many of our practices. Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but I’m reminded of a story that was already old…

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Declaration of Repentance

Ancient Mysteries Revealed: Discover Supernatural Secrets of How To Lose at Least 44 Types of Ugly Sins in Just 10 Days — Guaranteed! Simple Prayers and Rituals Make Your Soul…

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It’s Time to Play Deal or No Deal

HOW TO PLAY Start at the first red box and go through each point. For each red box you agree with, add the listed points to your red total. For…

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In One Era and Out the Other

“What kind of clock is this?!” My grandson Chaim Shalom came out of my room holding a clock … at arm’s length. He kept glancing up and back from the…

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Today Is the Chofetz Chaim’s Yahrtzeit

For the next 24 hours, the duration of the Chofetz Chaim’s yahrtzeit, the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation is on a drive to raise $500,000 to take its mission to a…

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OBAMA ON ISRAEL – DID WE HEAR RIGHT?

They “labeled themselves strong and decisive, while dismissing those who disagreed as weak — even appeasers of a malevolent adversary,” complained Obama about the pejorative treatment of those opposed to…

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The Greatest Word on Earth

OK, take a guess. Which is the greatest word in the English language? I know you’re on shpilkes. So, even though I should make it a contest and have you…

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The Elephant in The Kids’ Room

One of the fringe benefits of being a parent is shamelessly enjoying childrens’ books and songs. My daughter Naama, in a fit of nostalgia, bought a stack of Uncle Moishy…

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cn u rd ths?

I got an email written in what appeared to be some kind of code. I don’t have access to the Rosetta Stone — neither the software, nor the original Ptolemaic…

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Elemeno, My Dear Watson

I never jumped rope. Nor did I ever bounce a ball and sing, “A, my name is Alice …” But I had a ball in school singing the “Alphabet Song.”…

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Noodging Is Sacred

Before there was an iPhone — before there was a cellphone — Bezeq, the Israeli phone company, sold telephones along with their service. Phones complete with handsets that we used…

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