Opinion

Tishah B’Av 5778: The Heart Lives On

Inside each and every one of us lies a beating heart. In its natural state, our hearts are jubilant and dancing, sharing that message of hope and joie de vivre…

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The Writing on the Wall

So many walls these days. The Israeli security one. The one President Trump wants to build along the Mexican border. The “Wall of Steel” erected around London’s Winfield House, where…

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Basic Law: Torah and Mitzvos

On Isru Chag Pesach 5709, the first prime minister of the State of Israel, Mr. David Ben Gurion, wrote a few lines to Harav Yitzchak Meir Levin, zt”l, the leader…

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I Want More

Humanity seems to have a soft spot for long-lost, hidden messages. There is something about finding that note in the bottle washed ashore after decades adrift in the endless expanse…

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The Supreme Court Needs a Few Good Politicians

If the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is confirmed, he and his fellow justices will all be graduates of Ivy League law schools: four from Harvard, four…

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Why Mueller’s Latest Indictment Is So Breathtaking

Robert Mueller’s latest indictment in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election is chock full of extraordinary details. Its most breathtaking revelation, however, is just how scary-good America’s…

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A Fish’s Smile

I was accosted recently on the Staten Island Ferry by a large fish. Well, not exactly. It was actually a large photograph of a fish, on a poster carrying the…

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A Radical Solution to Religious Pluralism

Several months ago, at a round-table discussion with Jewish journalists on Israel-related topics, I had the distinction of being classified as a radical. But in a surprisingly welcome way. After…

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They Don’t Want a Kosel, They Want Recognition

On Yom Kippur 5689 the signal was given. The Jews established, for the first time, a mechitzah at the Kosel to separate between men and women. During the daytime tefillah,…

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Free Speech Divides the Left and the Right

With respect to free speech, people seem increasingly drawn to a simple narrative. Those on the left used to like freedom of speech — but now, not so much. Those…

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Who Will Be The Next House Speaker? No One Knows

Watching Speaker Paul Ryan struggle recently to craft House majorities on controversial immigration and funding bills makes one wonder why anyone would want the job he is giving up after…

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The Monster on Muslims’ Backs

The third time proved the charm. President Trump’s travel ban received the hechsher of the highest court in the land. As well it should have. True, in the years since…

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Congrats, Trump Voters. You’ve Been Vindicated.

For those conservatives who voted for Donald Trump because of the Supreme Court, congratulations: You’ve been vindicated. Had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election, she would have replaced the late…

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Prison Terms for Parents are Bad for Children, Too

When the Trump administration defended its now-suspended policy of family separation, it offered various justifications, most of which boiled down to the following: The child’s suffering is the price the…

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