Editorial

Hidden But Present

From Parashas Shemos, when we learn about the birth of Moshe Rabbeinu, through Parashas Zos Habrachah at the very end of sefer Devarim, Moshe Rabbeinu’s name is mentioned numerous times…

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A Betrayal That Must End

Betrayal is a very harsh term to use in any context. How much more so when it is used to describe the treatment of a government towards its own bona-fide…

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Good Riddance

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did the right thing last week in terminating the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH). There is no reason for Israel to…

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Can Venezuela Happen Here?

In a rather surprising development, the causes and ramifications of the ongoing crisis in Venezuela are now at the forefront of the American political discourse. While the effects of the…

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Taking and Giving

There are a number of ways people may react to an appeal for tzedakah. Some perceive a request to give tzedakah as a threat to their own financial well-being. To…

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Greatness or Gridlock

After two years of some of the most ferocious partisan politics the country has known, and against the backdrop of a still-unresolved federal shutdown, President Donald Trump made an eloquent…

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A Most Surprising Conflation

Yechezkel Mezzo, z”l, grew up in a Hungarian village that was so poor that the townspeople could only afford to hire a melamed for six months a year. “Half a…

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When Labels Matter

David Bar Kapara, Hy”d, was in his vineyard in June 2015, learning from a sefer, when he was attacked and brutally murdered by two of his Arab workers. The police…

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Cold War Redux?

The United States and Russia — still possessing by far the biggest arsenals of mass destruction — are both threatening to tear up the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty. Both…

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Seeking Justice

The town had just appointed a Rav, and two local scholars were determined to test the Torah knowledge of the new leader. They thought of a hypothetical monetary dispute which…

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Young, and Inexperienced, Too!

Who will be the next president of the United States? This question is being asked two years too soon. But that’s understandable. After all, it is much more fun than…

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Zachor 2019

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not…

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Anti-Semitism on the Rise

Anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide. That’s the conclusion of the 2018 Global Anti-Semitism report presented by Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett to the Cabinet on Sunday. “The year…

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Edelstein the Indignant

When you think of international election monitoring, the countries that leap to mind are Russia, India, Zimbabwe, Congo, Haiti, Venezuela and other places where the democratic process is habitually threatened…

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Indictment for a Senseless Death

Late on an autumn Shabbos night last year, a Palestinian couple and one of their children, a 9-year-old girl, were driving near the Shomron community of Rehelim, when a four-pound…

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You Can’t Have One Without the Other

Harav Yechezkel, the Rebbe of Kuzmir, zy”a, was once approached by a Yid seeking his advice in regard to a business matter. The Rebbe declined to reply. The same Yid…

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Fact Fights Back

In the course of the ongoing tumult over so-called fake news, it seems that many people have discovered something new. It’s called: Fact. Let’s start with a story, a true…

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Our True Protector

Dovid Hamelech declares in Tehillim (117) “Hallelu es Hashem kol goyim, shabechuhu kol ha’umim, ki gavar aleinu chasdo… — Praise Hashem all nations, praise Him all the states, for His…

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