Op-Ed

Hail to the Chief

At last, the tightly-scripted, easily predicted performance known as the Trump impeachment effort came to the widely-expected conclusion on Wednesday. The next afternoon, a triumphant President Trump addressed the nation.…

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The Paragraph That Says It All

On page 13 of the Trump administration’s peace plan, you’ll find a key paragraph that explains why there will never be peace between Palestinian Arabs and Israel. Referring to an…

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Caution: Dangerous Substances

Naama Yissachar returned home recently on the Israeli Prime Minister’s plane. This was ostensibly a reason to rejoice: A young woman sitting among criminals in a Russian prison had been…

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A Misleading Morph

I’ll never forget coming across the phrase “the Holocaust” — complete with the definite article and capitalized second word —in, of all things, a translation of the Mishnah. More unnerving…

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Undecided

Should Israel annex the Jordan Valley, as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has promised to do if reelected? No one questions its strategic importance. The valley, 120 miles (193 km) long…

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The Guard Protecting the Shul

Security for Jewish institutions — shuls, schools, community centers and organizations — has understandably been at the forefront of many minds and agendas in recent months. Agudath Israel of America,…

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This Is How You Celebrate?

World Holocaust Forum. The only justification for the gathering of world leaders at the World Holocaust Forum will be if we hear them declare, one by one, in English and…

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Triumph of Survival

Monday, January 27, marked 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. This date has become a symbol and a day of remembrance for governments representing much of Western civilization. As…

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Freedom of — Not From — Religion

Tragically, there is a growing totalitarian impulse on the far-left that seeks to punish, restrict, and even prohibit religious expression. Something that, if you go back 10 years or 15…

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Politics of Betrayal

Once upon a time, as recently as 1988, Israel had many tiny parties of one or two Knesset seats which wielded disproportionate electoral clout because they had the power to…

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Incendiary Devices, 2020

“BLACKS NEED TO RESPECT JEWISH AUTHORITY,” reads the stark, all-caps message on Telegram, an instant messaging service. The word “JEWISH” is reverse-color emphasized. The message came from a fake account,…

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An Intelligence Success You Have Heard Of

It is a truism of intelligence work that while the public all too often learns of their failures, the successes are rarely known. By definition, undercover work is meant to…

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Through Jewish Eyes

Maybe you know the old Yiddish joke? Back in prewar Minsk, Shmerel and Berel are having a conversation. During a pause, Shmerel suddenly remembers a bit of bad news he…

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‘From Where Will My Help Come?

Are American Jews currently experiencing a watershed moment in our history? That’s the question niggling at the minds of many members of our community as they continue to grapple with…

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The Most Dangerous Man in Israel

Avigdor Liberman is today the most dangerous man in Israel.” That wasn’t said by a chareidi Knesset member, but by Dr. Hagai Ben-Artzi, a National Religious academic who lives in…

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The Day After the Siyum

With the help of Hashem, more than 90,000 of us gathered at MetLife Stadium and at Barclays Center to be mekadesh Shem Shamayim. There were more than 90,000 openly observant…

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Cutting Off the Head of the Snake

For years, successive American administrations considered eliminating an arch-terrorist named Qassem Soleimani. The head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, for the last two decades Soleimani masterminded terror attacks throughout the…

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Abhorrent Action at a Distance

Direct physical attacks on Jews have, and for good reason, unfortunately, dominated the news in recent weeks. But there have been other kinds of attacks on innocent people who are…

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A Red Herring

With the passage of more than two decades, I no longer remember his name, nor do I remember who introduced us. But I vividly recall the spirited conversation we had.…

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