Op-Ed

Forgiveness, Jubilation and Aspirations

The Apta Rav, zy”a, finished davening and walked to the other side of the beis medrash, where kiddush was prepared. Suddenly, he instructed that a surprising announcement be made. “Whoever…

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How Powerful Israel Lost a PR Battle

(Tribune News Service) – For months, Israel’s military leaders and the top minds of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government planned and prepared to counter the surge that the enemy warned…

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Lunacy, Not Democracy

The reaction to this week’s violence in Gaza, funded by Iran and organized by Hamas, was pretty much as expected. The United States came out in Israel’s defense, demonstrating the…

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Purely Putin

Vladimir Putin is a man who needs no explanation. The Russian president is simply understood: a nationalist who found a post-Soviet Russia in shambles: politically dismembered, economically ruined, militarily neutered.…

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Let Us Be the Am Hanivchar

This week we witnessed the consummation of a policy declaration that the U.S. government made some months ago to recognize Yerushalayim as the capital of the State of Israel. It…

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Unity and Peace Through and for Torah

In one of the few Aggadah Gemaros in Maseches Zevachim (116a), Rabi Elazar Hamoda’i tells us what was taking place around the world at the time of Kabbalas HaTorah. The…

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Scroll, Scroll, Scroll…

The quotes you are about to read are true; the names have NOT been changed to protect the innocent. They were all taken from that bastion of liberalism (read: hefkeirus)…

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Why the Fiftieth?

More than two thousand years have passed since this incident presumably took place. Since it does not appear to have been documented, and there are no surviving eyewitnesses — we…

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Checking Out… and Checking In

Dr. David Goodall is no longer with us. The 104-year-old scientist traveled to Switzerland from his home in Australia last week, weary of life and in a wheelchair, but not…

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The House on Walicow Street

Walicow 10 was an address on one of the streets in Jewish Warsaw under bombardment 78 years ago. If thousands of Chassidim had known who was hiding in the apartment…

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Will Trump Turn Out to Be Right About Iran Deal?

(TNS) – So, so many are quick to say President Donald Trump made a horrible error in withdrawing from the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord, and some doubts are understandable even…

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Death by Wireless Key Fob

It has long been observed that technology is generally neutral. If used wisely and with caution it can make work more efficient, life more convenient, and even save lives. But…

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The Enhanced Interrogation of Gina Haspel

It’s unfortunate that Congressional hearings provide opportunities for members of Congress to grandstand, a temptation especially enticing to those who have their sights on higher offices. Few support the normative…

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Bitachon Brings Bountiful Blessing

“If you will say: What will we eat in the seventh year? For we will not sow and we will not gather in our crop. I will command My blessings…

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Why Killing the Iran Deal Was Only the First Step

(Bloomberg View) – Now that President Donald Trump has officially withdrawn the U.S. from the Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the world has to figure out how to live…

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An Overlooked Victory

While the world’s attention was riveted on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal, another dramatic story transpired that deserves much more coverage than it has been getting. On Wednesday,…

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A Mockery of an Apology

When Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, addressed Palestine Liberation Organization parliament in Ramallah last Monday, he felt free to speak his mind. At home among his cohorts,…

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Draining the Terror Swamp

It’s long been known that the Palestinian Authority pays terrorists who kill Jews, but this week the Defense Ministry released the actual figures — the “pay scale” for heinous crimes,…

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Mutcheh-ing the Mullahs

Did you hear about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s revelation that Iran is cheating on the deal it made in 2015 with six major world powers? Well, if you did, you…

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