Op-Ed

A Matter of Response

The two elderly men sitting in the waiting room of a doctor’s office began reminiscing about their wartime experiences. They both had spent time in the same concentration camp, which…

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Dollars for Peace, Dollars for War

Two stories. One holds out hope for the Palestinians and for peace. The other promises continued despair and war. The first involves an Israeli chip designer, Mellanox Technologies, which employs…

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Vaccination Proclamation

The threats and vulgarities bellowed by several visibly Orthodox Jews at members of the New York State Assembly in Albany after it narrowly passed a measure ending religious exemptions for…

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The Black Sheep of Teveria

During a visit by Agudas Yisrael members in the Upper Galilee in 1934, they called on the Rav of Teveria, Harav Yaakov Chai Zrihan, zt”l, the Sephardic Rav in Teveria…

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What Retirement Savings Crisis?

It’s in vogue to catastrophize about the state of retirement savings in the United States. Pundits and academics alike often cite average 401(k) account balances from surveys as evidence that…

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Bahrain: Why Not?

Even the most enthusiastic proponents of the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan have been careful to keep expectations low for the Bahrain conference. The Palestinians won’t be there, most Arab…

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To Love a Mitzvah

If, for reasons beyond his control an individual can’t perform a mitzvah properly, is there any point in doing it in part, even of one would not be yotzei? For…

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Don’t Blame Trump for Iran’s Aggression

As President Donald Trump mulls a comprehensive response to what he says was an Iranian attack on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf last week, his smarter critics are not…

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Exploiting the Holocaust

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has informed the American public that the Trump administration is running “concentration camps” on the Mexican border. More than generating fresh debate over the handling of illegal…

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A Way Out of the Political Gutter

There has never been a more pointless election campaign than the one being held in Israel now. The voters heard the same politicians deliver the same spiels just a few…

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Final Flight

They were a group of young men who enlisted in the Turkish Army, which controlled Eretz Yisrael during World War I. One of the recruits, Dov Haus, was sent to…

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Fun in the Sun, Safely

The long-awaited summer season has finally arrived. Along with the welcome sunshine and warm weather comes a host of related safety issues, especially for children and young adults. At all…

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Sanders is Selling a Socialist Fantasy

In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt said that America should protect “four freedoms”: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. As he runs for president,…

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Blackout Blues

Power came back in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay after an unexplained blackout on Sunday, but journalists were still able to make puns about these countries being in the dark, while…

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