Editorial

Finding Our Way Again

The image on the cover of Prime newsmagazine generally reflects the most important or compelling feature inside that issue. This in turn may cause some readers to wonder why we…

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Wednesday, January 6, 2021. It will certainly be one of those days people will remember the rest of their lives. Where they were and what they were doing when they…

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They Still Don’t Get It

For the many of us who have closely followed the long and anguished saga of Jonathan Pollard, word that, at long last, Jonathan and his wife Esther had arrived in…

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Cooking Up the News

For centuries, members of the British Parliament were divided into three groups or “estates”: the nobility, the clergy and the commoners. A fourth group — the members of the press…

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Lest We Forget

The decision by the European Union’s highest court to uphold a de facto ban on shechitah in most of Belgium is only the latest chapter in a dark and disturbing…

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Virtual Eating

During the pandemic, the country has been occupied, and rightly so, with the special risks and needs of certain groups, such as medical workers, the elderly, the unemployed and minorities,…

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Governor Cuomo and Chanukah, the Battle Rages On

In Parashas Miketz, Yosef Hatzaddik is given an opportunity to free himself from captivity by using his unique ability to interpret dreams for Pharaoh himself. With so much on the…

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Heroes Then and Now

The Yom Tov of Chanukah is a time of great joy for Klal Yisrael as we celebrate the miracles merited by the Chashmona’im. While more than 2,000 years have passed…

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Equal Rights for Religion

Is a rule designed to end discrimination against religious groups serving the general public automatically discriminatory against people who don’t belong to those religious groups? That is the question underlying…

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Chanukah: A Search for Purity

I vividly remember sitting on a plane some 25 years ago and being handed a copy of USA Today. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed an article…

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Opening the Ears of the Deaf

It is in times of trouble and stress when the souls of men are tested and their real self is discovered, and it is at a time of national emergency…

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Free At Last

I vividly recall the day over thirty years ago when I was invited to a meeting at the home of the Klein family in Flatbush to meet with Professor Morris…

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NO MITZVAH IS MINOR

During World War II, an askan in New York expended enormous effort to send matzos to non-religious Jewish soldiers in the American army. After Pesach, he was devastated to learn…

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Picking Up the Pieces

Yesterday on the way to work I overheard a very cute little girl asking her father a question. “Daddy, is an election like a zoo?” she wanted to know. “Yes,”…

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Another Needless COVID Casualty

Ask any parent or educator of a child with autism what the most critical component for their development is – the answer will always be stability and consistency. Children with…

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EDITORIAL COMMENT: Lowering the Temperature

The increasingly acrimonious public dispute between Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Orthodox Jewish community is something that is worrisome for all parties. A positive working relationship between authorities and the…

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EDITORIAL COMMENT: Seeking Direction in Uncertain Times

Although the intermediary days of Chol Hamoed precludes us from mundane writing, an exception is made for tzarchei harabim, communal needs. (Rama, O”C 545:1) The recent events occurring in Orthodox…

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Thinking

These scenes are so common that some version of it has likely happened to — or been observed by — most of our readers. Two acquaintances meet on the street.…

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Bitul Aveiros

Before Pesach, we clean our homes and destroy or dispose of all of our chametz. Some people take weeks to do it. We clean the kitchen, the bedrooms, the closets,…

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The Birthday of the World

After each shofar blast, we say “Hayom haras olam, hayom yaamid bamishpat kol yetzurei olamim — today is the day of the word’s creation, today all of the world’s creations…

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