Editorial

A Choice for Schools In the Pandemic

In the debate over the reopening of schools in the U.S. while the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten, President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have come down unequivocally…

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What Were They Thinking?

“Pray for the welfare of the government, for without fear of it, a person would swallow his fellow alive.” This teaching by Rabi Chanina Sgan Hakohanim (Pirkei Avos 3:2) is…

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A Tale of Two Donkeys

This week the Torah teaches us the story of the donkey who spoke. The Ribbono shel Olam had seen fit to grant Bilam, the son of Be’or, a lofty level…

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The Big Sky Gets Bigger

The United State Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in the case of Espinoza vs. Montana Department of Revenue. The names of legal cases are exceedingly numerous and, as in this case,…

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Abolition of Boundaries

Human nature craves change. We abhor the constant and are eager for something new. The broadest and most extreme version for this is the phenomenon of “revolution.” While we still…

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The Right Ruling On Shuls

Erev Shabbos saw a happy legal development for all religious communities, in the form of a federal judge’s granting of a preliminary injunction ordering New York State and New York…

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Hot Days; Sticky Issues

Summer, along with intense heat, has arrived. And for many, it is a summer like no other in history. As explored in detail in these pages, the decision by New…

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The Man Who Couldn’t Wait

Today, June 23, an event will occur which the Trump administration has tried hard to prevent: publication of the memoir of former national security adviser John Bolton. A federal court…

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The Supreme Court Upholds DACA… For Now

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling concerning DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, did not conclusively establish the status of people who were brought to the country illegally…

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A Daily Reminder of Who We Are

In Czarist Russia, it was unthinkable for a Jew to achieve any prestigious public position. When a Jew in Kiev managed to get himself appointed as the head of a…

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The Worst Slogan Ever

Few things are more thankless than moderation in a time of extremism. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order setting a framework for curbing the excessive use of…

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What About the Kids?

For years, government authorities, eager to avoid media scrutiny and deflect warranted criticism, have chosen to release bad news or controversial decisions late on a Friday afternoon. Known as the…

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A Sham Trial in Russia

A Russian court on Monday sentenced an American citizen to 16 years in prison on spying charges. The American is Paul Whelan, a security executive and Marine Corps veteran who…

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Spiritual Meat and Sublime Joy

We have no inkling of the loftiness of the Bnei Yisrael who left Egypt. We can’t possibly comprehend the greatness of a generation who merited to witness the splitting of…

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Boris Johnson’s Gesture

In an extraordinary gesture guaranteed to enrage Beijing, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered residents of Hong Kong a passport to freedom. Literally. China’s recent announcement that it intends…

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Dear Graduate,

This was the day you dreamed about for a very long time. On so many occasions, the thought in your mind and your conversations with friends began with the words…

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Mugged by Reality, 2020 Version

In the wake of the George Floyd riots, New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio has joined the mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco with a pledge to “defund”…

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The Downside of Bail Reform

The widespread looting and rioting during protests over the killing of George Lloyd has brought new attention to bail reform laws like New York’s. That’s because hundreds of those arrested…

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Peace, the “Vessel” for Blessing

“Speak to Aharon and to his sons, saying: ‘So shall you bless Bnei Yisrael: Say to them, ‘May Hashem bless you and guard you…’” Why are the words “say to…

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