Op-Ed

NO MITZVAH IS MINOR

During World War II, an askan in New York expended enormous effort to send matzos to non-religious Jewish soldiers in the American army. After Pesach, he was devastated to learn…

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Elections and Emunah

In a world captivated by unfolding political events, it behooves us to reflect on the proper perspective we should have from the viewpoint of Emunas HaTorah. As we say in…

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Longing for Home

When then-President Obama was running for the presidency, I heard a prominent ehrlicher lawyer say, “If he gets in, I’m moving to Eretz Yisrael.” (Obama did. He didn’t.) Recently, I…

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Leadership Saves Lives

Why are some countries successful at battling the coronavirus and others, like Israel, not? Take Taiwan, for instance. This is a country of 23 million — more than two and…

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Picking Up the Pieces

Yesterday on the way to work I overheard a very cute little girl asking her father a question. “Daddy, is an election like a zoo?” she wanted to know. “Yes,”…

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Closed for Election Day

They are expected to come on Tuesday; sometimes right after midnight, sometimes in the morning. On rare occasions, they first make their appearance Tuesday evening, but by the time we…

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OPINION: Forgetting to Remember

Two years after the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, the Jewish community in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh is planning to commemorate the yahrtzeit of the 11 victims…

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Let Our People Work

There are only two ways to govern — through force or through collaboration. From the settlers’ first cry against taxation without representation, this country has always ruled by the latter.…

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Does That Star Spangled Banner Yet Wave?

During the coronavirus red-zone lockdown in Brooklyn, I bought some items at a store that just narrowly missed being shuttered. The Russian clerk behind the counter griped that he only…

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Squeaky Clean

Since when is American policy to be dictated by someone’s dying wish? Only when that someone is a left-wing Supreme Court justice whose policies align with the Democrats in an…

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Another Needless COVID Casualty

Ask any parent or educator of a child with autism what the most critical component for their development is – the answer will always be stability and consistency. Children with…

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Unity Is the Call of the Hour

“I have met the enemy, and it is us.” This statement was uttered by a cartoon character. Too tragic a truth. This is very timely, especially in Israel. The Midrash…

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EDITORIAL COMMENT: Lowering the Temperature

The increasingly acrimonious public dispute between Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Orthodox Jewish community is something that is worrisome for all parties. A positive working relationship between authorities and the…

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EDITORIAL COMMENT: Seeking Direction in Uncertain Times

Although the intermediary days of Chol Hamoed precludes us from mundane writing, an exception is made for tzarchei harabim, communal needs. (Rama, O”C 545:1) The recent events occurring in Orthodox…

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Thinking

These scenes are so common that some version of it has likely happened to — or been observed by — most of our readers. Two acquaintances meet on the street.…

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Bitul Aveiros

Before Pesach, we clean our homes and destroy or dispose of all of our chametz. Some people take weeks to do it. We clean the kitchen, the bedrooms, the closets,…

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