Op-Ed

The Meaning of Pandemic

Three weeks ago, on March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus COVID-19 to be a pandemic. As the contagion spread from China to other countries, there was…

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Chinese Chutzpah

Earlier this month, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhoa promoted the notion that the coronavirus plaguing the globe today did not originate in China but rather was brought there by…

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Rei’ach Nicho’ach

Teaching the halachos of korban olah, the Torah concludes by describing it as rei’ach nicho’ach, “a pleasing fragrance.” The same words follow the hala-chos of bringing a bird as a…

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Congress Produces a Mountain

As millions of Americans looked on impatiently, their lawmakers on Capitol Hill worked — and bickered — around the clock for five days over the economic rescue package in the…

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Shattered Plans, Shattered Hearts

Sitting in Hamodia headquarters in this time of great confusion, many questions, thoughts and complaints are coming in through phone calls, emails, texts and even letters. Let me share with…

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Different Hopes for Different Folks

“Number one …” presidential hopeful Joe Biden Jr. said at his March 15 debate with equally hopeful (though less entitled to be so) Senator Bernie Sanders, “if I’m elected president…

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The Trigger Button

Let’s imagine a wealthy Parisian who threw a fabulous party to celebrate his successful acquisition of a major jewelry company. This was the happy realization of his dreams after years…

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Jews Vs. Desperate Israelis

In 1996, when Binyamin Netanyahu defeated Shimon Peres by a hairsbreadth, Peres responded famously by saying, “The Jews defeated the Israelis.” The same could be said about what happened two…

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Responding to Wrath With Calm

It’s strange but true: We sometimes fail to acknowledge the most important thing in the universe. That would be bechirah, Hashem’s astonishing gift of free will to mankind. We humans…

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Fighting the Panicdemic

A worried call came in to Hamodia’s Brooklyn office from a loyal, longtime reader. She had heard that one or more employees of Hamodia had tested positive for coronavirus and…

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Harav Aharon Schiff, Shlita, on Coronavirus

Lma’an achay v’reiyei I speak out of concern for the welfare of every individual. The medical situation throughout the world is very serious, and calls for a public statement. The…

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The Plague and the Pendulum

Reactions to the developing coronavirus saga range from one extreme to the other — literally. Some are trying their hardest to downplay, or even shrug off, the serious nature of…

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Politics of Hate

“In politics, sunny days and rainy days can change very quickly.” – Giulio Andreotti, former prime minister of Italy For a few hours it looked like the nightmare was over.…

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Plagues Past and Present

It’s been some 700 years since the bubonic plague ravaged central Asia, killing millions of people. A decade or two later, in October 1347, a ship from the Crimea docked…

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Change the Election Method

The State of Israel has just concluded a very emotional election for the third time in a year. The way it looks now, there is no easy solution, and people…

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LONELY ON PURIM

Rosh Chodesh Adar has arrived, and Jewish hearts and minds are now drawn to the upcoming joyous Yom Tov of Purim. For the youngsters, the planning revolves primarily around their…

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