Editorial

Build, Don’t Destroy – Part I

The prospect of the next government of Israel being formed without the participation of religious parties, a very real danger in light of last week’s election results, raises serious concerns.…

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Drastic Action Today

Climate change tops the agenda at the United Nations General Assembly this week. Not the danger of Iran getting a nuclear weapon or the plight of millions of refugees from…

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An Endorsement We Can Make

The three Democratic front-runners in the quest for the presidency in 2020 are all in their 70s: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is 76, Senator Elizabeth Warren is…

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Quashing Self-Doubt

On this coming Motzoei Shabbos, Jews of Askenazic descent will begin to recite Selichos, joining their Sephardic brethren who have been doing so since Rosh Chodesh Elul. These are days…

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Reflections on a Difficult Election

As of this writing — 24 hours after Israelis went to the polls for the second time in less than six months — the country’s political future remains highly uncertain.…

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We Have Already Won

By the time you read this, the day after the general elections will have arrived. The worst will finally be over. It was an ugly campaign, the ugliest in memory,…

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The Iranian Escalation

The most recent military strike on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend was an attack not only on the kindgom’s vital assets, but in effect constituted an attack on…

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Smoke Alarm

Last Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the administration’s intention to remove all flavored “vaping” products from the market as part of an effort to stem use…

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A Lesson in Gratitude

Many of us of have a scorecard-like approach to our interpersonal relationships. We consider how much we have done for the other fellow versus how much he has done for…

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Leftward, Ho!

One of the many remarkable things about the contest for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination is that the name “Barack Obama” almost never passes the lips of the candidates.…

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The Land That Robert Mugabe Left Behind

The death of Robert Mugabe, the deposed tyrant of Zimbabwe, compels comment. Rarely has a national hero so betrayed the hopes of his people, with cruelty and corruption that defy…

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Service With a Smile — and Then Some

T-Mobile must be a wonderful place to work and shop. This telecom giant boasts high ratings for customer satisfaction, innovative approaches (like “the 5G future”), social responsibility (“Let’s take care…

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With Our Hearts and Minds

The relationship between our minds and our hearts is both vital and complex. As Torah Jews, we are cognizant of the fact that no matter how much we may find…

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Walmart Takes a Shot At the Status Quo

“It’s clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon declared in a memo to employees on Tuesday, referring to a change in the store’s gun…

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Welcome to Your Children

The long summer has drawn to a close, and the month of Elul — also known as the chodesh of rachamim and Selichos — has arrived. Sephardic Jews have already…

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The Amazon Rainforests Are Still Burning

Under the pressure of an international outcry, the crisis of the burning of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has reached a turning point. The government of President Jair Bolsonaro has been forced…

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New Jersey Mounts The Assisted Suicide Bandwagon

On its official website, the state of New Jersey proclaims that “Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes pain, suffering, and can have a profound effect on the…

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Giving Back

It was an exceedingly hot and humid summer day, and sweat was pouring down the faces of the two friends waiting at the bus stop. They had attended the late-morning…

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2020: The Day After

A nationwide survey released this week bears disturbing news about the 2020 presidential election. According to the USAToday/Suffolk University Poll, a large proportion of the American electorate would not accept…

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An End to the Trade War with China?

We may be at a turning point in the trade war with China. On Monday, Beijing’s vice premier, Liu He, China’s chief negotiator with Washington, proffered what seems like an…

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