Editorial

A Different Type of Victory

“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; and may the earth hear the words of my mouth.” With these words, Moshe Rabbeinu began what is known as Shiras Haazinu.…

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Doing Our Small Part in Saving Social Security

According to the 2019 annual report of the Social Security Board of Trustees, the trust funds that disburse retirement, disability and other Social Security benefits will be depleted by 2035.…

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Hearing the Bas Kol

“Yidden, a fire is burning,” the Yetev Lev of Sighet cried out on the night of Kol Nidrei. “Extinguish it with your tears,” he pleaded. After a year of much…

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An Opportune Time

There is a story told over by Chassidim about the defender of Klal Yisrael, Harav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, zy”a. One Motzoei Yom Kippur he turned to one of the…

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What We Are Truly Missing

The story is told of a young man who for many years had strayed from Yiddishkeit, but out of respect for his parents would attend their shul on the Yamim…

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The Call of the Trumpets

When the residents of a certain province decided on their own to crown a powerful king as their ruler, the sovereign was ecstatic. At the coronation ceremony, the king instructed…

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An Unprecedented Report From the United Nations

A United Nations report on anti-Semitism released this week reflects the deep concern that Jews and all civilized people share about the worldwide trend toward bigotry. The report, “Combatting Antisemitism…

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Build, Don’t Destroy – Part I

The prospect of the next government of Israel being formed without the participation of religious parties, a very real danger in light of last week’s election results, raises serious concerns.…

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Drastic Action Today

Climate change tops the agenda at the United Nations General Assembly this week. Not the danger of Iran getting a nuclear weapon or the plight of millions of refugees from…

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An Endorsement We Can Make

The three Democratic front-runners in the quest for the presidency in 2020 are all in their 70s: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is 76, Senator Elizabeth Warren is…

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Quashing Self-Doubt

On this coming Motzoei Shabbos, Jews of Askenazic descent will begin to recite Selichos, joining their Sephardic brethren who have been doing so since Rosh Chodesh Elul. These are days…

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Reflections on a Difficult Election

As of this writing — 24 hours after Israelis went to the polls for the second time in less than six months — the country’s political future remains highly uncertain.…

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We Have Already Won

By the time you read this, the day after the general elections will have arrived. The worst will finally be over. It was an ugly campaign, the ugliest in memory,…

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The Iranian Escalation

The most recent military strike on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend was an attack not only on the kindgom’s vital assets, but in effect constituted an attack on…

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Smoke Alarm

Last Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the administration’s intention to remove all flavored “vaping” products from the market as part of an effort to stem use…

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A Lesson in Gratitude

Many of us of have a scorecard-like approach to our interpersonal relationships. We consider how much we have done for the other fellow versus how much he has done for…

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Leftward, Ho!

One of the many remarkable things about the contest for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination is that the name “Barack Obama” almost never passes the lips of the candidates.…

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The Land That Robert Mugabe Left Behind

The death of Robert Mugabe, the deposed tyrant of Zimbabwe, compels comment. Rarely has a national hero so betrayed the hopes of his people, with cruelty and corruption that defy…

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Service With a Smile — and Then Some

T-Mobile must be a wonderful place to work and shop. This telecom giant boasts high ratings for customer satisfaction, innovative approaches (like “the 5G future”), social responsibility (“Let’s take care…

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