Op-Ed

Is This What You Call Progress?

Progress used to be thought of — generally speaking — as a positive development, at least in the temporal realm. Who could be against, for example, technological advances in medicine…

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Over These We Weep…

Like so many other Jewish villagers in pre-World War I Galicia, Yisrael was a simple but pious Yid. He worked long hours and barely made ends meet as a cobbler,…

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Vulnerability Is the Key to Redemption

In the past week, Jews in the north and south of Israel have had their routines disrupted by the wail of sirens ordering them to grab their children and seek…

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The Writing on the Wall

So many walls these days. The Israeli security one. The one President Trump wants to build along the Mexican border. The “Wall of Steel” erected around London’s Winfield House, where…

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Basic Law: Torah and Mitzvos

On Isru Chag Pesach 5709, the first prime minister of the State of Israel, Mr. David Ben Gurion, wrote a few lines to Harav Yitzchak Meir Levin, zt”l, the leader…

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I Want More

Humanity seems to have a soft spot for long-lost, hidden messages. There is something about finding that note in the bottle washed ashore after decades adrift in the endless expanse…

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The Supreme Court Needs a Few Good Politicians

If the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is confirmed, he and his fellow justices will all be graduates of Ivy League law schools: four from Harvard, four…

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Leftward, the Democrats

You don’t need a degree in political science or a mass of polling data to know that the Democratic party is moving — or hurtling — to the left. Anyone…

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Why Mueller’s Latest Indictment Is So Breathtaking

Robert Mueller’s latest indictment in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election is chock full of extraordinary details. Its most breathtaking revelation, however, is just how scary-good America’s…

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De-Grandstanding Committee Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee was established in 1816 to oversee key activities of the executive branch. Among its responsibilities is to confirm all judicial nominations for the federal judiciary. And,…

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Gratitude — Why, and How

Last week we learned how Moshe Rabbeinu asked Hashem regarding who would succeed him as the leader of the Bnei Yisrael: “Appoint a man over the eidah who will go…

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The Civil Majority

Is this the end of civility? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was verbally set upon in a restaurant parking lot over the weekend by a self-appointed posse of immigration shamers…

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A Choice of Words

As the long-time, all-night gabbai in the legendary Shomrei Shabbos shul in Boro Park, Brooklyn, Reb Hillel Moses has a unique insight into the broad community this unique shul serves.…

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No Right to Endorse a Lie

No one has a right to rewrite Jewish history, to whitewash the crimes of the Polish people before, during and after the Holocaust. Not even the prime minister of Israel.…

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A Fish’s Smile

I was accosted recently on the Staten Island Ferry by a large fish. Well, not exactly. It was actually a large photograph of a fish, on a poster carrying the…

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A Radical Solution to Religious Pluralism

Several months ago, at a round-table discussion with Jewish journalists on Israel-related topics, I had the distinction of being classified as a radical. But in a surprisingly welcome way. After…

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