Editorial

Op-Ed, Anyone?

A new poll shows that Americans are generally uneasy about the news they are getting. This in itself is not news — complaints about fake news and spin have filled…

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Cause and Effect

Israel’s security Cabinet, the country’s highest-level decision-making body, met on Sunday to “examine various possibilities to prevent a humanitarian collapse in Gaza,” as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu put it during…

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All Eyes on Singapore

As we go to print, it is morning in Singapore and the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is underway. As our special correspondent…

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Of Ants and Grasshoppers

“We were like grasshoppers in our eyes, and so we were in their eyes!” (Bamidbar 13:33) Rashi teaches us that the Meraglim overheard the giant Nefilim saying to each other,…

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Pushing Back Against a Culture of Violence

After being widely excoriated by an outraged public, a Seattle-area company announced last week it will not be listing on its online platform a computer video game that would have…

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Remembering the Victims of June 4

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement that China should publish the details of people killed, detained or missing in the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 highlights an aspect of the…

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Relinquishing the Load

This week we read the perplexing episode of the misonenim. The rabble, rejecting the mann, demanded alternate, more “normal” food, the kind they were used to in Mitzrayim. Their complaining…

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Syria, in the Family of Nations

One might have thought that the Syrian civil war, which over seven years has cost 400,000 killed, caused over five million refugees and involved countless atrocities, has by now exhausted…

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A Mistaken Image

When Ambassador David Friedman agreed to pay a visit to the Bnei Brak headquarters of a non-profit organization that provides educational and developmental assistance to learning-disabled children, it was intended…

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Another Nail in the Oslo Coffin

The Israeli center-left is disintegrating. After spending all but six of the past 40 years in the opposition, it is beginning to question whether the time has come to join…

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An Ignominous Crime

Crime, by definition, is something to be ashamed of. In one form or another it entails a violation of the law, of societal norms and of standards of morality; it…

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A Most Worthy Lawsuit

The latest in a series of lawsuits against popular broadcaster Alex Jones was filed last week by six families of victims of the December, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre…

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Assumptions Can Be Deceptive

In most shuls, the enlightening and inspiring story of Rus was read earlier this week. In the time of Rus, the halachah transmitted to Moshe Rabbeinu on Har Sinai, which…

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The Neglected Mitzvos

Because of their sanctified and elevated status of purity, Kohanim are prohibited from coming into contact with the deceased. With the exception of a short list of immediate family members,…

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A Foolhardy Move

Few things are as frustrating for the leadership of a political party as when an elected official chooses to put the needs of his constituents before party politics. Yet regardless…

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The Story Behind the Story

News stories are — or at least are supposed to be — factual, straightforward descriptions of a recent event, and the primary mission of a newspaper and other media outlets…

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A Much-Needed First Step

Every so often, a bipartisan bill gets introduced with provisions so logical that one can only wonder why such a law wasn’t passed years earlier. Such is the case with…

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