Op-Ed

The Bittersweet Hope of the Marror

The Torah (Shemos 12:8) teaches “… and matzos with maror shall they eat it.” [Hashem] commanded them to eat maror in remembrance of how “they embittered their lives” — Rashi…

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Gung-Ho Deportationists

In recent months, amid the furor over immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has come under criticism and even calls for its abolition because of allegedly…

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What Is Reality?

There are many different ways to define what sets Klal Yisrael apart from the nations of the world. The first impression would likely be that those are the people chosen…

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Freedom’s Paradox

Every year, for thousands of years, the Seder opens with a proclamation which, if taken seriously, must either depress us or tip us off to the fact that we are…

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All The Days of Your Life

I often feel terribly pampered. Especially when I think of my parents’ generation. At the age when my father, z”l, and several others from the Novardok Yeshiva in Vilna were…

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They Have No Identity

Each election cycle there is a new trend, a fad party that arrives on the scene for that cycle, makes lots of noise and then evaporates by the next cycle,…

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More Noise Please

Noise. It’s a word that, for most people, has a decidedly negative ring to it. And it’s not just an issue of nuisance. Apparently, the evidence is stacking up that…

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Putting Mitzrayim Behind Us

A certain rabbi would visit Jewish prisoners. He would converse with them, learn with them and offer them encouragement. Once a prisoner took him to a window, pointed outside and…

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Jair Bolsonaro in Context

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said of the Holocaust, “We can forgive, but we cannot forget.” The outraged reaction was immediate and justified. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin declared that “What Amalek…

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Generals Can’t Fix What Ails North Africa

Half a century since juntas were the rage, generals in the three largest North African countries are trying to bring them back into fashion. In Algeria and Sudan, where popular…

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Reaching for the Moon

People throughout Israel and around the world were focused last Thursday on the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet, as the moon lander, a mere 13 miles above its destination on the far…

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How Did The Feds Spend Your Taxes?

It’s nice to have more money in your pocket. And thanks to the 2017 tax cuts, the typical American is now paying less in taxes. But that’s not to say…

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Lessons From a Burnt Korban Pesach

It was one of the momentous events in the history of our people, and it also happened on the first night of Pesach. One of the largest armies ever gathered…

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A Victory for Torah Jewry

After months of foreboding, capped by an Election Day fraught with the anxieties of low voter turnout and a long night of exit polls, the Torah community in Eretz Yisrael…

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The Tzitzis That Stayed Intact

As reported in detail in this week’s Features section, after 37 years of davening, hoping, and waiting, the body of Zecharia Baumel, Hy”d, who was killed in 1982 in Lebanon,…

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Tightening the Screws on Iran

To be sure, President Donald Trump’s decision to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organization is good for Israel. But it’s also good for the western world. The…

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An American Inconsistency

When a 79-year-old man stopped his car and exited it last week in the middle of the Verrazzano Bridge connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island, he was determined to leap more…

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Zecher L’Yetzias Europe

When my grandfather would come to Shefoch Chamascha, his eyes would cloud with tears of joy and praise to the One Who took him out of the Mitzrayim of his…

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