Op-Ed

It’s Impossible, But Try Anyway

The Gerrer Rebbe, the Beis Yisrael, zy”a, had a custom of inviting people in for tea in the very early morning. On one occasion a young bachur was invited to…

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The Image of France

The images of France in the media on Wednesday provided in effect a split screen profile: of a country playing a leading role in world affairs; and simultaneously of a…

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Putin Is Seeing ‘Foreign Agents’ Everywhere

Since Monday, Russians who post links to foreign media content can be branded “foreign agents” and systematically, and legally, harassed by the country’s fearsome bureaucracy and law-enforcement system. The law,…

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Scammers, Spammers and FlimFlammers

Reading an article about scams invariably leaves readers with a sense of anger toward the ruthless perpetrators who prey on the innocent, along with a wave of sympathy for those…

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Contemptible Comity

The state of political discourse in these United States today — unfortunately, including much of the American Jewish world (including our corner of it) — was well exemplified in the…

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What We Are Really Waiting For

In the days following the first round of elections in Israel last April, one of the few things that the pundits seemed to agree on was that, somehow, a coalition…

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Between Right and Left

The huge demonstration held last week in Tel Aviv in support of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu against the legal system in Israel once again brought to the fore the polarization…

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Senator Warren Hits a Speed Bump

Some people are better at numbers than others. Indeed, some folks are intimidated by complicated calculations and prefer to leave the calculus and trigonometry to engineering types; even a long…

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Maintain Public Lands, for the Sake of Freedom

In 1217, two years after England’s King John signed the Magna Carta, King Henry III agreed to a companion document, the Charter of the Forest. Royalty, nobles and the clergy…

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A Rare and Worthy Bi-Partisan Stance

Last week was not a happy one for the People’s Republic of China. First, on Sunday, there were local elections in Hong Kong, technically part of China but functioning largely…

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Too Hot for Horses?

The Central Park horse carriage industry has been a beloved fixture of New York City since the park first opened in 1858. It has survived the coming of the automobile,…

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Time to Move On

How society should treat someone who has been indicted for a serious crime has long been the subject of much debate. Every accused person is entitled to a presumption of…

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No Time for Novices

There are many good reasons to replace a Prime Minister. That he’s been in office too long isn’t one of them. To be sure, Binyamin Netanyahu has been Prime Minister…

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Is This The Preferred System?

Politics, and specifically Israeli politics, has never been boring. Yet the past months of political crisis have exceeded the expectations of even the most seasoned and cynical observer. As such,…

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Liberman’s Hate Crimes

The religious public in Israel is no stranger to politicians who attack their way of life, their faith and their most cherished values, but what Avigdor Liberman did last week…

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The Boys Returned Home…

“Hatzur tamim pa’alo… — The deeds of the Mighty Rock are perfect, for all His ways are just.” So says Harav Yaron Lavi with hands upraised, tragically sitting shivah for…

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