Editorial

It’s Impossible, But Try Anyway

The Gerrer Rebbe, the Beis Yisrael, zy”a, had a custom of inviting people in for tea in the very early morning. On one occasion a young bachur was invited to…

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The Image of France

The images of France in the media on Wednesday provided in effect a split screen profile: of a country playing a leading role in world affairs; and simultaneously of a…

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Scammers, Spammers and FlimFlammers

Reading an article about scams invariably leaves readers with a sense of anger toward the ruthless perpetrators who prey on the innocent, along with a wave of sympathy for those…

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Senator Warren Hits a Speed Bump

Some people are better at numbers than others. Indeed, some folks are intimidated by complicated calculations and prefer to leave the calculus and trigonometry to engineering types; even a long…

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Too Hot for Horses?

The Central Park horse carriage industry has been a beloved fixture of New York City since the park first opened in 1858. It has survived the coming of the automobile,…

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Is This The Preferred System?

Politics, and specifically Israeli politics, has never been boring. Yet the past months of political crisis have exceeded the expectations of even the most seasoned and cynical observer. As such,…

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The Bedside Manner of the Future?

Artificial intelligence is catching up with human intelligence in the field of medicine, and in some respects has already passed it. That’s the message on the screen from recent studies…

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Hate Crimes, Official and Unofficial

The news of the horrific assault on a Rebbi in Monsey last week shocked us all. As he walked to shul in the early morning, he was set upon in…

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A Limit to Affliction

“Sarah’s lifetime was one hundred years, and twenty years, and seven years, the years of Sarah’s life.” Rashi teaches us that the reason the word “years” is repeated after “hundred”…

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Dark Money

Did you ever hear of the Sixteen Thirty Fund? If the answer is no, you’re not alone; most people haven’t. But they should, and now they will. The Sixteen Thirty…

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Get the Phone to Ring

Each time she enters the house, the worried mother checks the ID on her home telephone. To her dismay, none of the missed calls are from the parties she is…

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A Way Out of The Crisis in Hong Kong?

The classic reaction to the sight of two parties in conflict, neither of whom is to your liking, is, “Let them fight it out, no matter who wins, and let…

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A Move to Better Enforce Gun Restrictions

Last Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr announced a new Justice Department initiative aiming to better enforce gun background checks, coordinate local, state and federal gun cases and ensure the updating…

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The Intention Counts

Few things in life are as frustrating and disappointing as when concerted efforts appear to be for naught. A frenetically busy mother of young children devotes weeks to trying, l’shem…

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Honest Reporting

With every new terrorist attack, and all the more so with every new rocket barrage from Gaza, comes the simultaneous grappling with the media and its bias against Israel. Relatively…

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Immovable Wall Vs. Irresistible Power

On June 12, 1987, then-President Ronald Reagan was in a limousine on the way to give a speech at the base of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin. While this…

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Seattle Voters Deliver Message to Amazon

Amazon can deliver many things, but city councils don’t seem to be one of them. At least not yet. That was the upshot of the Seattle city council election just…

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‘Industrial Scale’ Atrocities in China

Much of the focus on Communist China over recent months has been over the ongoing trade war between the Asian superpower and the U.S., and about pro-democracy protests that have…

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Lodgings and Lessons

It is told that one of the great Rebbes of yesteryear would regularly visit a certain town. Before he became famed as a tzaddik and miracle worker, like many other…

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Unsafe at Almost Any Angle

News of the latest glitch in product safety sent shudders through every parent: Inclined sleepers have been discovered to be life-threatening to babies, liable to cause accidental suffocation. Fisher-Price’s Rock…

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