Op-Ed

Make It More Than a Memory

Nearly two weeks have passed since the global Jewish community was plunged into shock and deep mourning over the horrific events in Meron. And, to some degree, we are still…

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Welcome to Israel?

Those words (minus the question mark) were once music to the ears of millions of travelers as their plane touched down in Lod Airport (remember that?), subsequently renamed Ben Gurion…

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How Can We?

How do you comfort parents who lost a child? How do you comfort parents who lost two of their children? How do you comfort a kallah who lost her chassan?…

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Beyond Comprehension

Klal Yisrael was again challenged with a tragedy beyond comprehension. On Thursday night, we all suffered a massive blow. People, young and old, from all stripes of Klal Yisrael, flocked…

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Bonded in Pain

Me’orah l’afeilah. From light to darkness. That phrase kept repeating itself in my mind as soon as I heard of the tragedy at Meron. And then I kept thinking of…

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United in Pain

They came from all over with different backgrounds and different attire, yet they were united in commemorating the hilulah of the holy Tanna Rabi Shimon Bar Yochai and celebrating the…

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Needed: A Return to Shtadlanus

We live in what some have accurately described as an “age of entitlement.” Or to put it bluntly, the “it is owed me” generation. Whether it is generous support by…

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Justice, Maxine Waters Style

Reading about the killing of Daunte Wright one cannot help feel the anguish of his family and friends and the black community in general. Regardless of the degree of culpability…

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A Kosel Stunt — And Its Broader Implications

The latest stunt by the Israeli radical feminist group “Women of the Wall” took place on Rosh Chodesh Iyar, and involved a new member of the Knesset, a Reform clergyman…

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Entering Into a Meal

The first Rashi in Parashas Tazria quotes a Midrash stating that just as the account of the fashioning of man came after the Torah’s account of Creation, so it is…

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September 11, 2021

President Joe Biden has decided to withdraw all American forces from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that caused America to plunge into this…

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New York Going to Pot

The most valuable aspect of being human is the use of one’s intellect. The primary line of separation between mankind and the animal kingdom is the ability to think and…

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A Case of Apples and Watermelons

The Ninth Circuit Court just doesn’t get it. Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court found the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to allow California’s…

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A Timely Reminder From Batavia, Illinois

It isn’t often that the results of an experiment in quantum physics — the scientific field that seeks to describe the physical properties of nature at the scale of atoms…

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The Making of the ICC Monster

Benjamin Ferencz just turned 101 years old. The last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor was born in Transylvania’s Carpathian Mountains in 1920. Ferencz emigrated to America with his family as a baby…

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Destruction by Definition

The battle over mihu Yehudi — who is to be considered a Jew by the State of Israel, is not a new one. For more than 70 years, enemies of…

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Conversion Travesty

If Israel’s Supreme Court, G-d forbid, called the shots for the Jewish people, Judaism would cease to exist within 200 to 300 years. That’s because even though it pays lip…

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The Other Vaccine

Hashem spoke to mankind once. One might think He would give an inspirational talk. Maybe a complex shiur. He was speaking to the Dor Deah. The greatest. Imagine if a…

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Fully Free, Full of Fear

Perhaps it’s not surprising that, here in Toronto, we are lumbering along under prolonged lockdowns that have basically dogged us since last March in some form or another. It’s been…

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The Man Who Wasn’t There

The act of political theatre that played itself out in the Capitol last week was a hybrid of a repeat performance of a mediocre high school play and a color…

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