Op-Ed

The Inner Life of Elephants

The big tent of the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus is being folded up and put away for good. The leaders of the radical group PETA (People for the…

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A Last-Minute, Ill-Conceived Gambit

With just over a week left to his term, President Obama chose last week to effectively end a 22-year-old policy designed to help ease the way toward American citizenship for…

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The Zeal to Repeal

“Gridlock, deadlock, stalemate, budgetary brinksmanship, paralyzing partisanship.” Those are some of the various terms frequently used to excoriate the dilatoriness of Capitol Hill. Much of the time, the battle-axe of…

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When Words Sprout Wings

Few things are as powerful as the spoken word. A warm greeting, a word of encouragement, a complimentary remark, can do wonders to inspire, uplift, and create a kiddush Hashem.…

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P.M. Netanyahu’s Delaying Tactics on Shabbos

The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday once again squirmed out of its national responsibility and avoided taking a decision on a Tel Aviv bylaw that would allow more supermarkets to open…

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Great People in Our Midst

Many years ago, I had occasion to “be menachem avel” Mr. Moshe Naftali Ullman, z”l, who had, R”l, lost his daughter. Mr. Ullman had been a student of the Chofetz…

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Hypocritic Oath

A nineteen-year-old Israeli citizen of Arab ethnicity was among the 39 people killed in the recent attack of an Istanbul club, for which the terrorist group Islamic State claimed pride…

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Searching for Answers

Life is full of that which we do not understand. In this week’s parashah, as he prepares to take leave from this world, Yaakov Avinu talks to his son, Yosef…

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Cold War Relic, Present Day Threat

You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch…

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The Horrific Florida Shooting

Americans are incredulous at the news of the Florida airport shooting. Not because a man could unobtrusively stroll into a large airport, calmly draw a weapon out of his waistband…

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A Hate March and The Reaction It Elicited

Until last week, the small Montana town of Whitefish (population 6,357, as of 2010) was known, if known at all, as home to a ski resort. Now, though, it is…

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Without A Sigh

The story of Nachum Ish Gam Zu is one of the most famous tales told by Chazal. Many of us learned in kindergarten how on the way to deliver a…

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Three Unpopular Parts of Obamacare Should Stay

As Republicans consider repealing President Barack Obama’s health-care law, what bits should they be looking to keep? A lot of people will have different answers to this, of course, but…

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