Op-Ed

Freedom of — Not From — Religion

Tragically, there is a growing totalitarian impulse on the far-left that seeks to punish, restrict, and even prohibit religious expression. Something that, if you go back 10 years or 15…

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Politics of Betrayal

Once upon a time, as recently as 1988, Israel had many tiny parties of one or two Knesset seats which wielded disproportionate electoral clout because they had the power to…

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Incendiary Devices, 2020

“BLACKS NEED TO RESPECT JEWISH AUTHORITY,” reads the stark, all-caps message on Telegram, an instant messaging service. The word “JEWISH” is reverse-color emphasized. The message came from a fake account,…

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An Intelligence Success You Have Heard Of

It is a truism of intelligence work that while the public all too often learns of their failures, the successes are rarely known. By definition, undercover work is meant to…

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Through Jewish Eyes

Maybe you know the old Yiddish joke? Back in prewar Minsk, Shmerel and Berel are having a conversation. During a pause, Shmerel suddenly remembers a bit of bad news he…

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‘From Where Will My Help Come?

Are American Jews currently experiencing a watershed moment in our history? That’s the question niggling at the minds of many members of our community as they continue to grapple with…

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The Most Dangerous Man in Israel

Avigdor Liberman is today the most dangerous man in Israel.” That wasn’t said by a chareidi Knesset member, but by Dr. Hagai Ben-Artzi, a National Religious academic who lives in…

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The Day After the Siyum

With the help of Hashem, more than 90,000 of us gathered at MetLife Stadium and at Barclays Center to be mekadesh Shem Shamayim. There were more than 90,000 openly observant…

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Cutting Off the Head of the Snake

For years, successive American administrations considered eliminating an arch-terrorist named Qassem Soleimani. The head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, for the last two decades Soleimani masterminded terror attacks throughout the…

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Abhorrent Action at a Distance

Direct physical attacks on Jews have, and for good reason, unfortunately, dominated the news in recent weeks. But there have been other kinds of attacks on innocent people who are…

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A Red Herring

With the passage of more than two decades, I no longer remember his name, nor do I remember who introduced us. But I vividly recall the spirited conversation we had.…

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Flickering Flame

Anguish. Sorrow. Devastation. Fear. These are but a few of the ever-so-palpable feelings we are experiencing now. But who is “we”? When is “now”? The “we” is abundantly clear; there…

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Parliamentary Immunity

Democracy is the public’s wish — but the public has to make the right choice.” President Reuven Rivlin There’s a myth that the elections in Israel are close, that the…

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Polish Soldiers and Tel Aviv Pickles

It was 14 years ago. Along with the rest of Klal Yisrael, I celebrated the Siyum HaShas of the Daf Hayomi program. Since I am a relative of Harav Meir…

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With a Healthy Grain of Salt

Word of the heinous attack at the home of the Kossoner Rebbe of Forshay spread rapidly on Motzoei Shabbos, sending shockwaves throughout the Jewish community and filling many hearts with…

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SO LONG, SORRY SAGA

The ongoing impeachment saga has slid off the predicted script into a no-man’s-land that can only be described as bizarre. As expected, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted on December…

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With Necks of Marble

Har Nof. Pittsburgh. Poway. Jersey City – and now, Monsey. I’ve become familiar with the sinking feeling. The emotional shock, the inconceivable grief, followed by the natural burst of questions…

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What Is Behind the Monsey Massacre?

When my children were younger, I often told my boys to wear a yarmulke outside instead of a baseball cap. I would say, “Unless you plan on making a chillul…

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Rejoice in Trembling

Yet more Jewish blood shed. My first thoughts after hearing about the attack in Monsey were not really thoughts at all. They were gut reactions and, frankly, a confused jumble…

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