Editorial

The French Far Right Rears Its Ugly Head

The French Republic has repeatedly been targeted by jihadists over the years. In 2012 an Islamist terrorist opened fire at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish day school in Toulouse, killing a…

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The Key to Inner Peace

Among the various mitzvos taught in Parashas Nasso is Birkas Kohanim, which concludes with the all-important blessing of peace — v’yasem lecha shalom. Since it takes at least two to…

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Brachos and Sand Castles

The Apta Rav, zy”a, finished davening and walked to the other side of the beis midrash, where kiddush was prepared. Suddenly he instructed that a surprising announcement be made: “Whoever…

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Taking Things Seriously

The latest major breach of privacy in the health-care system staggered the public this week as Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, and their billing collector American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) revealed that…

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D-Day

A just-published poll says that only 49 percent of the British public can tell you just what D-Day was about. When asked, “Who were the Allied Forces fighting on D-Day?”…

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Keeping History Alive

Last Tuesday, the Oregon House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that would require the state’s schools to teach students about the atrocities committed by Germany and its allies during…

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Throughout the Day

Im b’chukosai teileichu…”If you will follow My decrees…” In batei medrash, yeshivos, kollelim and homes throughout the Jewish world, the famous words of Rashi’s explanation to this passuk, “You shall…

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Physician Burnout: The Feel-Bad Factor

Most discussions about health care are about the patient. But lately, how the doctor feels has also made headlines — in both professional journals and the general media. To put…

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A Lag BaOmer Postscript

The big news about Lag BaOmer 5779 was the weather. That is, if you followed the mainstream media coverage. It was going to be 100 degrees in the shade (in…

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An Effort to Curb the Scourge of Robocalls

Near-unanimous votes in either chamber of Congress on legislation more substantial than naming post offices and the like are rare. But one noteworthy such tally took place in the Senate…

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Rescuing Riches From Rubbish

One recent morning, after the conclusion of Shacharis in a shul in London, England, a mispallel, still wearing tallis and tefillin, joined his daily Daf Yomi shiur. In the middle,…

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An Invitation to Bahrain

The United States Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason D. Greenblatt, is still fairly new to that special world known as Middle East diplomacy. This was apparent earlier this week…

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The Cashless Catch

Lawmakers in Washington and around the country have been stepping up to yet another of the myriad challenges generated by technology — how to run a cashless economy for the…

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The President’s New Immigration Proposal

President Trump unveiled an outline last week for reshaping how immigrants are admitted into the country. The White House estimates that 12 percent of people who obtain green cards —…

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The Light of My Eyes

“For a six-day period labor may be done, and the seventh day is Shabbos Shabboson, a calling of holiness, you shall not do any work, it a Shabbos for Hashem…”…

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Did They Spy on the Trump Campaign?

The decision of Attorney General William Barr to investigate whether any federal agency spied on the Trump presidential campaign in 2016 is on — and so is the latest round…

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A Safe Haven for Rashida Tlaib

Once again, a freshman Democratic congressperson has had her say about Israel and the Holocaust, resulting in widespread outrage at the gross distortions of history and an insensitivity borne of…

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Senator McCain Would Be Proud

Caricaturist Eli Valley is disturbed. If one intended the most simple definition of that word, Mr. Valley would agree, since he is chronically and greatly upset at some American Jews’…

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What Is the Limit?

A 14-year-old boy who suffered from serious mental illness would, from time to time, visit the Bnei Brak home of Hagaon Harav Elazar Shach, zt”l. During each visit, he would…

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