Opinion

Tunnel Vision

As if New Yorkers don’t face enough challenges — insane traffic, bumbling bureaucracies, surly servicepeople and parking spaces as rare as hairy-nosed wombats — some city residents felt forced to…

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Not the Fruit of the Land

It was Friday night, Parashas Noach, three months ago. The Alrabi family car was traveling on Highway 60 in the heart of the Shomron when suddenly a large rock struck…

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Faux Pas

A criminal in North Carolina made a big mistake. Reported by Good News Network on January 5, a man chased his victim right into a karate dojo. Which was not…

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Trump Might Win His Trade War With China

Trade talks between China and the United States concluded this week with every indication that a deal can be had. Success is still far from a foregone conclusion, and the…

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Minding Our A.Q.s and M.Q.s

James D. Watson, the 90-year-old Nobel laureate co-discoverer of DNA’s structure, is recovering from a car accident and, at least in person, currently out of the public eye. But he…

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Elections as a Referendum

In his book Tears and Laughter in an Israeli Courtroom, Judge Schneur Zalman Cheshin describes the chaotic situation in Israel in the years prior to independence. The British constitution was…

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Curiosity

Certain things seem to have an uncanny way of getting people’s heads to turn. Picture the scene. The chazzan just finished chazaras ha’shatz, and, instead of continuing with Tachanun, he…

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The 5 Deadly Myths of Defense Spending

It’s both necessary and healthy for the 116th Congress to have a full debate on defense funding. Unfortunately, it’s a near certainty that some members of Congress will muddle that…

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How a President Shapes the Public Character

The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of…

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Let’s Talk

The General Assembly of the American Jewish Federation took place this past October in Tel Aviv. The theme of the conference was advertised as “Let’s Talk.” Ostensibly, the goal was…

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Genetics and Mimetics

When my family lived in Providence, Rhode Island, back in the 1980s and early ’90s, I heard rumors that some of the city’s residents of Cape Verdean ancestry had a…

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A Member of a Generation of Believers

It is Iyar 5739/1979. An elderly moshavnik, a Holocaust survivor, entered the mourners’ home on Moshav Kommemiyus. He had an interesting story to tell, and a clear pledge from the…

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