Op-Ed

Paving the Way

It was one of the most dramatic conversations in history. Twenty-two years after being sold as a slave by his siblings, Yosef Hatzaddik, now the de facto ruler of Egypt,…

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Pelosi Showed Why She Should Be Speaker Again

In an extraordinary White House meeting, Nancy Pelosi showed Tuesday why fellow Democrats need her as the next speaker of the House, going head-to-head with President Donald Trump over his…

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Fixing the Price-Fixers

Revelations this week concerning a secret price-fixing cartel operated by major pharmaceutical companies may serve as an index of contemporary cynicism: Those who were surprised and shocked to learn that…

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The Miracle Factor

There’s a famous question asked about a passage in Tehillim that we say as part of Hallel. “Praise Hashem, all nations; praise Him, all the states! For His kindness has…

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Shades of Paul Ehrlich

Enough decades have passed to allow some of us to recall biologist Paul R. Ehrlich’s 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb, in which the author, soberly analyzing relevant data, predicted worldwide…

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Darkness in the City of Light

On the last day of Chanukah, Israel’s Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett presented at the cabinet meeting what he called the “historic missed opportunity” of Israel with regard…

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Serious About Sanctions

The arrest and detention of the Chief Financial Officer of the Chinese technology giant Huawei has put both Canada and the United States in a perplexing diplomatic position. Meng Wanzhou…

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Why Brexit Might Not Happen

More than two years ago, the British public voted 52 percent to 48 percent in favor of leaving the European Union. In accordance with this outcome, Prime Minister Theresa May…

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The “Have One, Want Two” Syndrome

We don’t seek or need social scholarship to support anything Chazal teach us. But it’s always interesting to see how contemporary studies, through analyses of evidence, can reach conclusions that…

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To Kindle a Flame

Six brave men, one jug of oil and a miracle which has been a light for all the Jewish people throughout the long dark galus. At Chanukah time we must…

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Why is Chanukah Different?

The Berditchever Rav, zy”a, wonders about the fact that kindling neiros Chanukah is the only mitzvah that directly correlates to the miracle that occurred. Why, for example, don’t we have…

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Ups and Downs With George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at 94, was many things in his long lifetime — war hero, congressman, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., vice president and 41st president of…

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When Teva Does Not Apply

Throughout our sojourns in exile, the notion of “freedom of religion” has been the most important aspect of our relationship with our host country. Nothing is more vital for a…

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Culture War

In the shadow of the coalition limping along with 61 members in the Israeli government, Culture Minister Miri Regev tried in vain to pass a piece of legislation entitled the…

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Will Europe Act Now?

Iran’s latest ballistic missile test has caused alarm in European capitals. The testing over the weekend of medium-range missiles capable of carrying multiple warheads was not something that even the…

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