Op-Ed

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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The Worst Government Ever

Once the corona crisis is behind us, Israel is going to need to set up a national commission of inquiry, similar to the ones it established after the Yom Kippur…

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Filling the Void

In this week’s parashah we learn of the gravity of hurting the feelings of a widow or an orphan — for the Ribbono shel Olam is the Father of orphans…

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The Banality of Evil Imagery

Two weeks ago, countries around the world observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day. But while a specific day of commemoration was set aside, the Holocaust seems to be remembered on many…

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Grinding the Axe, Again

In over 2,000 years of galus a prime spot in the public eye has never been a particularly safe place for Klal Yisrael. Even when this attention was shown for…

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I’m Sorry, Sheldon

Sheldon Adelson was always a bit of a dubious figure in my eyes, an elderly casino magnate from Las Vegas who was trying to influence Netanyahu. Two weeks ago, articles…

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And the Trees Answered, Amen

A few days ago I received a copy of the picture of one of our readers*, and I realized that the distinguished Yid in the image was Harav Yitzchak Yedidya…

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Tell-the-Truth Diplomacy

The expression “out with the old, in with the new” sums up the way most transitions work in Washington. There is excitement about a fresh start and an (egotistical) belief…

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Finding Our Way Again

The image on the cover of Prime newsmagazine generally reflects the most important or compelling feature inside that issue. This in turn may cause some readers to wonder why we…

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Bias, Bias Everywhere

The story is told that during the passionate debate about prohibition, a prominent congressman was asked his stance on the burning issue of the day. “Some of my friends are…

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Secular Coercion

Israel’s Supreme Court has done it again. In its ruling last week allowing chametz into hospitals on Pesach, it has shown that its connection to Judaism is, at best, tenuous.…

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Wednesday, January 6, 2021. It will certainly be one of those days people will remember the rest of their lives. Where they were and what they were doing when they…

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The Aftermath

It was over in a day. Angst and frustration spilled into the streets of Washington last week and descended into chaos. The assault on the Capitol, with the ensuing bloodshed,…

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Analysis: Picking Up the Pieces

As the reverberations of the attack on Capitol Hill last Wednesday continue to rattle the country, the ensuing debate of what, why, and how this happened is, as expected, proceeding…

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The Era of Wasted Opportunity

With the Trump administration in its final days, there is a sense in Israel of both gratitude and wasted opportunity. The gratitude goes to Donald Trump, who provided unprecedented diplomatic…

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They Still Don’t Get It

For the many of us who have closely followed the long and anguished saga of Jonathan Pollard, word that, at long last, Jonathan and his wife Esther had arrived in…

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Must-Reading

It’s only natural that an incoming administration is going to want to reverse some of the key policies of its predecessor. In the case of Iran, President-elect Joe Biden has…

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