Op-Ed

Hidden Data, Not-So-Hidden Agenda

“New York City is one of the most transparent jurisdictions in the entire world with respect to the public health data that we’re sharing.” — New York City Health Commissioner…

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The Hype in Hypersonic

The Financial Times, a British paper that covers more than financial matters, last weekend ran an article about China’s hypersonic missile program that could significantly accelerate the global arms race.…

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Some Jewish Groups Should Be Having Second Thoughts

Readers might be forgiven for being unfamiliar with the “Sunrise Movement.” It is a national youth organization whose goal is to “unite to make climate change an urgent priority across…

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The Treadmill Gaffe

The job of White House Press Secretary is notoriously difficult. Besides supplying facts to the fact-hungry press and steering them away from fake news, it often entails explaining the inexplicable…

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Murder by Any Other Name

For months, Klal Yisrael davened and recited Tehillim on her behalf as her parents and devoted askanim fought an intensive, wide-ranging legal and diplomatic effort try to save her life.…

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On the Loss of David Amess

The murder of British Member of Parliament David Amess has been a terrible shock not only to those close to him but to the whole country and abroad, including, in…

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Who Will Replace Alcee Hastings?

Eleven Democrats and two Republicans are vying to replace the late Democrat Alcee L. Hastings in the 20th Congressional district, which encompasses Broward and Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Hastings, who…

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Taxation, Representation, and Keeping the Balance

Those who excelled in studying early American history — and still remember it — may recall the name James Otis. A firebrand lawyer and political activist from Massachusetts, he was…

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A Vaccine to Be Reckoned With

My nephew tested positive for COVID in late August. He was asymptomatic. He sent medical documentation from three doctors to Brooklyn College notifying them that he was ineligible for their…

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In the Taiwan Straits

A series of increasingly menacing flybys in Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) by Chinese fighter jets has ramped up fears over a not-so-far-off invasion of the island Beijing claims…

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Remembering Babi Yar

For five decades the communist rulers of Ukraine refused to even acknowledge that it occurred. Even during the subsequent 30 years, it was so barely recognized that in the minds…

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The Waters of Noach

In referring to the Mabul described in this week’s parashah, the Navi Yeshayah states: “For the waters of Noach this shall be to Me.” The Zohar Hakadosh teaches us that…

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Is the Peace Prize Pointless?

On Friday, the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo will reveal which of the 329 nominees for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize they have decided to honor. The honor has lost…

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Noach and Kyle’s Question

I have the opportunity to study with a Jewish attorney named Kyle, who is in his late 30s. He grew up as a Reform Jew in Michigan and married a…

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They Are With Us in Shul

Each year, on the first night of Rosh Hashanah, Harav Yitzchak Eizek, the first Rebbe of Kamarna, zy”a, would relate which tzaddik in Olam Haba had agreed to intercede on…

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What Lurks at Foggy Bottom

Something dark and sinister has for some time now been slithering around the corridors and cubicles at Foggy Bottom, the State Department headquarters in Washington. On July 27, a swastika…

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ARROGANCE VS. EMUNAH

As we prepare for Rosh Hashanah 5782, this is the time to take stock of the past year and to introspect for the year about to begin. As our cover…

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The Pandemic and the Peanut

The raging controversy over mask mandates has spread from school board meetings and statehouses to the courts. These issues are currently being litigated in fourteen states, from Texas and Florida…

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The Ruinous Resurgence of IS

Last Thursday’s deadly bombing outside the Kabul airport during the evacuation of U.S. citizens from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan was a devastating blow. It was a blow to the families and friends…

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