Opinion

The Brexit Deal Is Just Too Good for Europe

If the British parliament throws out the deal that Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has negotiated with the European Union, it will be most regretted in Brussels, because the deal…

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Florida, Get Your Act Together. Please.

When I was a young reporter on the city desk of the Miami Herald, I dreamed of catching an assignment that would send me racing to the airport and jumping…

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Mapping out Two Years of a Democratic House

If nominated to be secretary of state, I could probably make the whole world love us, solve the Israel-Palestinian issue, diplomatically vanquish North Korea, get Crimea back from the Russians…

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Ample Room for Optimism

If only people today knew what a telegram was, the old joke about the typical Jewish one reading “Start worrying. Details to follow” would be apropos, at least to the…

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Command to the Living: Remember, Don’t Forget

They were two brothers, Gerrer Chassidim, Leibel and Mendel. They lived in peace in Pabianicz, and later in Zduńska Wola. When the Holocaust broke out, they crowded into the city’s…

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Three Reasons to Fear Another ‘Great War’ Today

Last month, I traveled to Vienna, the former seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a fitting place to contemplate the approaching 100th anniversary of the conclusion of World War I.…

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Rethinking Our Priorities

If going to vote this year was a rather disheartening experience, my subsequent conversation with other voters was even more disturbing. I am not referring to the actual results in…

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Enemies, Enemies Everywhere

“Notorious anti-gunner George Soros joins anti-gun billionaires Steyer and Bloomberg. There is no end to how much they’ll pay to push their elitist agenda on Americans.” Thus tweeted the National…

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The Price of Complacency

During the elections of 1981, Beit Shemesh made headlines, and not in a complimentary way. Inflation was raging and there was a freeze on the diplomatic front, but the agenda…

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Caring for Vets Should Be a National Duty

In advance of this year’s Veterans Day, on Nov. 11, the legions of men and women who have served in our nation’s military received some welcoming news: Congress finally agreed…

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The Midterms Have Boosted My Faith in America

No matter who does well in the U.S. midterm elections, no matter if the contests are the most negative ever, the way the campaign has shaped up is bringing back…

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Taking Advantage of Tragedy

There is one appropriate response to the bloodshed in Pittsburgh this Shabbos: Horror. Horror that a congregation in a quiet Jewish neighborhood should become the scene of a massacre. Horror…

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A Plan Whose Time Hasn’t Come

Executing my duty as a citizen, I once sat on a jury. It was an edifying experience, leaving me to conclude that the jury system, at least in its current…

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Put Sugar in the Fish

It was during Chanukah, four years ago. I visited the home of the leader of Khal Adas Yerushalayim, or as it is known, the Masmidim, Harav Leibel Mintzberg, zt”l, and…

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We Need to Mourn

“We need to mourn” now eclipses last week’s GA title in Israel, “We need to talk.” Less than one week after the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North…

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