Editorial

Chinese Chutzpah

Earlier this month, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhoa promoted the notion that the coronavirus plaguing the globe today did not originate in China but rather was brought there by…

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Rei’ach Nicho’ach

Teaching the halachos of korban olah, the Torah concludes by describing it as rei’ach nicho’ach, “a pleasing fragrance.” The same words follow the hala-chos of bringing a bird as a…

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Congress Produces a Mountain

As millions of Americans looked on impatiently, their lawmakers on Capitol Hill worked — and bickered — around the clock for five days over the economic rescue package in the…

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Shattered Plans, Shattered Hearts

Sitting in Hamodia headquarters in this time of great confusion, many questions, thoughts and complaints are coming in through phone calls, emails, texts and even letters. Let me share with…

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Fighting the Panicdemic

A worried call came in to Hamodia’s Brooklyn office from a loyal, longtime reader. She had heard that one or more employees of Hamodia had tested positive for coronavirus and…

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The Plague and the Pendulum

Reactions to the developing coronavirus saga range from one extreme to the other — literally. Some are trying their hardest to downplay, or even shrug off, the serious nature of…

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LONELY ON PURIM

Rosh Chodesh Adar has arrived, and Jewish hearts and minds are now drawn to the upcoming joyous Yom Tov of Purim. For the youngsters, the planning revolves primarily around their…

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Hail to the Chief

At last, the tightly-scripted, easily predicted performance known as the Trump impeachment effort came to the widely-expected conclusion on Wednesday. The next afternoon, a triumphant President Trump addressed the nation.…

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Triumph of Survival

Monday, January 27, marked 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. This date has become a symbol and a day of remembrance for governments representing much of Western civilization. As…

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Freedom of — Not From — Religion

Tragically, there is a growing totalitarian impulse on the far-left that seeks to punish, restrict, and even prohibit religious expression. Something that, if you go back 10 years or 15…

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An Intelligence Success You Have Heard Of

It is a truism of intelligence work that while the public all too often learns of their failures, the successes are rarely known. By definition, undercover work is meant to…

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‘From Where Will My Help Come?

Are American Jews currently experiencing a watershed moment in our history? That’s the question niggling at the minds of many members of our community as they continue to grapple with…

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Cutting Off the Head of the Snake

For years, successive American administrations considered eliminating an arch-terrorist named Qassem Soleimani. The head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, for the last two decades Soleimani masterminded terror attacks throughout the…

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Polish Soldiers and Tel Aviv Pickles

It was 14 years ago. Along with the rest of Klal Yisrael, I celebrated the Siyum HaShas of the Daf Hayomi program. Since I am a relative of Harav Meir…

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With a Healthy Grain of Salt

Word of the heinous attack at the home of the Kossoner Rebbe of Forshay spread rapidly on Motzoei Shabbos, sending shockwaves throughout the Jewish community and filling many hearts with…

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SO LONG, SORRY SAGA

The ongoing impeachment saga has slid off the predicted script into a no-man’s-land that can only be described as bizarre. As expected, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted on December…

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Cruel and Unusual Punishment

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday that it would not hear an appeal by the city of Boise against a lower court ruling that said it could not prosecute…

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Not Because of Me

It was a bitter winter day in Warsaw in 1940, a city controlled by the German beasts. Cognizant of the fact that, as a Jewish public figure, the Nazis were…

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STILL REELING

As the devastating news of the attack in Jersey City spread, world Jewry was plunged into grief and mourning. Most of the mourners were not acquainted with the victims; some…

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Fearful of the “Lest”

The melamed who taught Harav Chaim Brisker in his youth was known as Reb Dovid der blinder (“the blind one”). He wasn’t actually blind; he acquired this title because he…

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