Op-Ed

The Boys Who Cried Anti-Semitism

It wasn’t exactly unexpected that President Trump’s son Eric, who often rebuts attacks on his father, would have spoken out against the new book by journalist Bob Woodward that presents…

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Listening to the Bas Kol

Chazal (Chagigah 15) tell us the heartbreaking tale of Acher. Born Elisha ben Avuya, he reached enormous heights in Torah knowledge and was the teacher of the great Tanna Rabi…

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Yom Kippur Shehecheyanu: Time to Celebrate!

As with every Yom Tov, we usher in the sanctity of Yom Kippur with the brachah of Shehecheyanu. Just as we rejoice with the advent of Sukkos or Pesach, so,…

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Lessons From the Rabbis’ March

Seventy-five years ago this week, three days before Yom Kippur 5702/1943, more than four hundred Rebbes and Rabbanim left their homes and kehillos from throughout the United States to march…

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The Arvus Factor

A mother and father are notified that their darling little boy broke a neighbor’s window. They feel responsible to right the wrong. They are, after all, where the buck stops…

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“Where Is Yossele?”

Until the age of seven, he never left Komemiyus, the first chareidi moshav in Israel. The house, the shtiebel and the cow barn in the chareidi shtetl were a haven…

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The Emergency Bell

The request was a very difficult one to make of his beloved son, but the king felt he had no choice. Savages in a remote part of his empire were…

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The Tekios of the Monitor

Shaare Zedek Hospital, Yerushalayim Two beds, side by side, one a contrast to the other. On one side a Chassidic avreich burning with the fire of Hashem, observing every nuance…

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Traffic Jams and the Yom Hadin

As a young teenager davening daily in the shul that my father, a”h, served as Rav, a congregation whose clientele ranged from totally non-observant Jews to fully observant ones, I…

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Corbyn — What Is to Be Done?

As the summer draws to a close, the Jewish community in the U.K. is holding its breath, waiting for the results of two crucial meetings taking place within the Labour…

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It’s Not Simcha Felder, It’s Us!

The headlines have taken dead aim and unless you have been sleeping, you know the Orthodox Jewish community is under attack — in the media, online, and, most dangerously, in…

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Prison Jobs Shouldn’t Be Slave Labor

Prisoners across the United States began a strike Aug. 21 that is scheduled to last until next Sunday. The strike’s organizers are encouraging their fellow prisoners to refuse to work…

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Sleeping Right

At long last, teenagers attending public school in California will get to sleep a little later in the morning. After rejecting a similar measure last year, the California Legislature narrowly…

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Disturbing Happenings in Germany

This past weekend saw a continuation of the far-right rallies that plagued the German city of Chemnitz over the course of last week, this time with protesters clashing with counter-protesters,…

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