Op-Ed

House-to-House Resuscitation

As the United States continues to grapple with an ongoing health crisis that has seen some 3.6 million Americans testing positive for coronavirus, and a death toll from the virus…

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‘I Do Not Blame Anyone’

In the Ganei Hadar neighborhood of Petach Tikva the two sons and four daughters of Mrs. Shalva Zelfreund, a”h, are sitting shivah. Mrs. Zelfreund, 64, passed away over Shabbos from…

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Back From the Brink

In understandable that Israel is preoccupied with the short-term effects of the coronavirus — on health, the economy, the upcoming Yamim Tovim. But thought must also be given to the…

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Some Meaningful Pushback Against Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism in the sports and entertainment worlds became the topic of much discussion in recent days, with figures in both fields expressing ugly and false tropes about Jews. One rapper…

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Ego and Perception

This week we learn how, with the ignoble end of Bilam, one of the most potent powers of impurity was finally eliminated from the world. Yet two weeks ago, as…

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Chareidi Lives Matter

The jarring contrast of the two very different scenes is all too familiar. Tens of thousands of noisy demonstrators are allowed to freely vent, many of them neither practicing social…

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Never Out of Touch

First, do no harm. That advice, usually associated with doctors (it’s part of the Hippocratic oath), also applies to politicians. They may not be able to solve the coronavirus crisis,…

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Getting Ready for November: Now’s the Time!

The November 2020 elections would have been fraught with problems and controversy in any case, given the country’s wildly overheated partisan climate. The coronavirus pandemic on top of it will…

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A Choice for Schools In the Pandemic

In the debate over the reopening of schools in the U.S. while the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten, President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have come down unequivocally…

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What Were They Thinking?

“Pray for the welfare of the government, for without fear of it, a person would swallow his fellow alive.” This teaching by Rabi Chanina Sgan Hakohanim (Pirkei Avos 3:2) is…

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Stop Scapegoating the Chareidim

It’s getting tiresome. Every time the government decides to impose measures to contain the coronavirus it starts by targeting the chareidim and institutions that are dear to them. The Coronavirus…

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A Tale of Two Donkeys

This week the Torah teaches us the story of the donkey who spoke. The Ribbono shel Olam had seen fit to grant Bilam, the son of Be’or, a lofty level…

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The Big Sky Gets Bigger

The United State Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in the case of Espinoza vs. Montana Department of Revenue. The names of legal cases are exceedingly numerous and, as in this case,…

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Abolition of Boundaries

Human nature craves change. We abhor the constant and are eager for something new. The broadest and most extreme version for this is the phenomenon of “revolution.” While we still…

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The Day of Reckoning Has Arrived

In last week’s Congressional primaries, the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party once again showed its effectiveness as a political force to be reckoned with. What are the implications…

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Principles vs. Pragmatism

As a strong proponent of voting, I actively encourage my children to register to vote as soon as they turn 18, and even try to procure the requisite form for…

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Putting Your Life Over My Comfort

Noam Chakim is only an 11th grader but last week he taught all of Israel, including the country’s political leaders, a moving lesson in responsibility and putting others first. Noam,…

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Wake-Up Call

I just read the excellent roundtable in Hamodia with Menahalim in regards to reopening our yeshivos. There was a lot of wisdom there. I wanted to share my perspective as…

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The Right Ruling On Shuls

Erev Shabbos saw a happy legal development for all religious communities, in the form of a federal judge’s granting of a preliminary injunction ordering New York State and New York…

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