Opinion

Different Hopes for Different Folks

“Number one …” presidential hopeful Joe Biden Jr. said at his March 15 debate with equally hopeful (though less entitled to be so) Senator Bernie Sanders, “if I’m elected president…

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The Trigger Button

Let’s imagine a wealthy Parisian who threw a fabulous party to celebrate his successful acquisition of a major jewelry company. This was the happy realization of his dreams after years…

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Jews Vs. Desperate Israelis

In 1996, when Binyamin Netanyahu defeated Shimon Peres by a hairsbreadth, Peres responded famously by saying, “The Jews defeated the Israelis.” The same could be said about what happened two…

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Responding to Wrath With Calm

It’s strange but true: We sometimes fail to acknowledge the most important thing in the universe. That would be bechirah, Hashem’s astonishing gift of free will to mankind. We humans…

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Harav Aharon Schiff, Shlita, on Coronavirus

Lma’an achay v’reiyei I speak out of concern for the welfare of every individual. The medical situation throughout the world is very serious, and calls for a public statement. The…

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Politics of Hate

“In politics, sunny days and rainy days can change very quickly.” – Giulio Andreotti, former prime minister of Italy For a few hours it looked like the nightmare was over.…

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Plagues Past and Present

It’s been some 700 years since the bubonic plague ravaged central Asia, killing millions of people. A decade or two later, in October 1347, a ship from the Crimea docked…

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Change the Election Method

The State of Israel has just concluded a very emotional election for the third time in a year. The way it looks now, there is no easy solution, and people…

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The Big Truth

It’s serious when the Israel Defense Forces, an institution that enjoys a high level of public trust, is found to have lied. That’s why the army is doing somersaults to…

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Stop-and-Think

Politicians would serve themselves well to always keep in mind Rabi Yehudah Hanasi’s admonition: “An eye sees, an ear hears, and all your deeds are written in a book” (Avos…

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Operation Tefillin

Tel Aviv is a multicultural city, and its mayor, Ron Huldai, is known for his liberal views and permissive way of life. Unfortunately, Tel Aviv is hardly known as a…

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The Paragraph That Says It All

On page 13 of the Trump administration’s peace plan, you’ll find a key paragraph that explains why there will never be peace between Palestinian Arabs and Israel. Referring to an…

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Caution: Dangerous Substances

Naama Yissachar returned home recently on the Israeli Prime Minister’s plane. This was ostensibly a reason to rejoice: A young woman sitting among criminals in a Russian prison had been…

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A Misleading Morph

I’ll never forget coming across the phrase “the Holocaust” — complete with the definite article and capitalized second word —in, of all things, a translation of the Mishnah. More unnerving…

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Undecided

Should Israel annex the Jordan Valley, as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has promised to do if reelected? No one questions its strategic importance. The valley, 120 miles (193 km) long…

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The Guard Protecting the Shul

Security for Jewish institutions — shuls, schools, community centers and organizations — has understandably been at the forefront of many minds and agendas in recent months. Agudath Israel of America,…

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