Opinion

Politics of Betrayal

Once upon a time, as recently as 1988, Israel had many tiny parties of one or two Knesset seats which wielded disproportionate electoral clout because they had the power to…

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Incendiary Devices, 2020

“BLACKS NEED TO RESPECT JEWISH AUTHORITY,” reads the stark, all-caps message on Telegram, an instant messaging service. The word “JEWISH” is reverse-color emphasized. The message came from a fake account,…

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Through Jewish Eyes

Maybe you know the old Yiddish joke? Back in prewar Minsk, Shmerel and Berel are having a conversation. During a pause, Shmerel suddenly remembers a bit of bad news he…

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The Most Dangerous Man in Israel

Avigdor Liberman is today the most dangerous man in Israel.” That wasn’t said by a chareidi Knesset member, but by Dr. Hagai Ben-Artzi, a National Religious academic who lives in…

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The Day After the Siyum

With the help of Hashem, more than 90,000 of us gathered at MetLife Stadium and at Barclays Center to be mekadesh Shem Shamayim. There were more than 90,000 openly observant…

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Abhorrent Action at a Distance

Direct physical attacks on Jews have, and for good reason, unfortunately, dominated the news in recent weeks. But there have been other kinds of attacks on innocent people who are…

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A Red Herring

With the passage of more than two decades, I no longer remember his name, nor do I remember who introduced us. But I vividly recall the spirited conversation we had.…

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Flickering Flame

Anguish. Sorrow. Devastation. Fear. These are but a few of the ever-so-palpable feelings we are experiencing now. But who is “we”? When is “now”? The “we” is abundantly clear; there…

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Parliamentary Immunity

Democracy is the public’s wish — but the public has to make the right choice.” President Reuven Rivlin There’s a myth that the elections in Israel are close, that the…

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With Necks of Marble

Har Nof. Pittsburgh. Poway. Jersey City – and now, Monsey. I’ve become familiar with the sinking feeling. The emotional shock, the inconceivable grief, followed by the natural burst of questions…

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What Is Behind the Monsey Massacre?

When my children were younger, I often told my boys to wear a yarmulke outside instead of a baseball cap. I would say, “Unless you plan on making a chillul…

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Rejoice in Trembling

Yet more Jewish blood shed. My first thoughts after hearing about the attack in Monsey were not really thoughts at all. They were gut reactions and, frankly, a confused jumble…

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Not-So-Good People

Like many identifiably Jewish Jews, I’ve caught my share of catcalls, Nazi salutes and threats. And read the rantings of people like Louis Farrakhan, David Duke and Richard Spencer. I…

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Teaching Schools a Lesson

There was a new sort of hero at the White House Chanukah party this year. Although, according to the left-wing media and far left Jewish groups, he was Antiochus reincarnated.…

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She Was Each of Us

She was my sister. A mother. A wife. A friendly face in the community. She was each one of us. In the mornings, she woke her kids up for school,…

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What These Elections Are Really Costing Israelis

How much are these elections, the third in less than a year, costing Israelis? Diplomatically, it’s wasted a crucial year with a U.S. president who correctly calls himself Israel’s best…

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Jersey City: The Next Day

It was cold in Jersey City on Wednesday, but it seemed like the whole neighborhood was standing outside. As I walked down the road towards the grocery store, the first…

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Footprints of Angels

Prior to being introduced to my (future) wife, I received a strange brachah from Harav Shlomo Brevda, zt”l. I merited a close relationship with him in my younger years and…

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U.K. General Elections 2019

The Jewish community breathed a collective sigh of relief as the results of the election became known last Thursday night, and their fears of a Labour government, led by Jeremy…

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