Opinion

At What Price?

Last Thursday, as Jews around the world were celebrating Purim, President Donald Trump surprised the world by declaring: “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully…

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The Essence of Israel

When Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu got into a dustup with a media personality, many of us felt reasonably secure assuming which side was likely more Jewishly authentic. And since…

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He Has Recognition

Is Binyamin Netanyahu a distinguished diplomat, or perhaps just a wily politician? Either way, the man is making history. Not only is he running for a fifth term as prime…

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A Diplomatic Approach to Israeli Elections

Last week on Purim, I found myself attending a media briefing at the Consulate General of Israel in New York. Any misgivings I might have had about the unusual timing…

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For Biden, a One-Term Pledge Is a Sure Loser

It looks like Joe Biden is looking at every possible gimmick for his presidential run. First there were reports that he’s considering naming a running mate early in the process,…

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Happily Ever After

This past week, I heard an amazing story recounted by Rabbi Fishel Schachter in a shiur. I subsequently found out that the story is a few years old, but, as…

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No Substitutions

As soon as my daughter and I opened the shop door, I knew. This was the place. The little store in the suburban mall that my friend Chana Leah née…

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Beware of Beto’s Charisma

Many Democrats are thrilled that former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas has tossed his hat into the presidential ring. Ever since his near-upset of Sen. Ted Cruz last November, Beto…

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Purim Showdown

Let’s pose the following question: who can take an almost irrelevant item and grant it great importance while at the same time render an item of utmost importance all but…

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Simple Distortions

Sometimes oversimplification helps to explain a complex idea. And sometimes it completely obscures the issue. When it comes to understanding Israel’s unique status as a Jewish and democratic state, it…

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The Emphasis on Empathy

I suppose it’s not so strange that I put the two experiences together. They happened a mere day apart and both involved buses. The first incident astounded me. As I…

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Light Show

Light shows can be mesmerizing. There are big ones, like fireworks shows; but even the little ones, like fireflies, have a way of casting a captivating spell on their observers.…

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The Provocateurs

It happened during the visit of the Chief Rabbi of Rechovot, Hagaon Harav Simcha HaCohen Kook, at the summer abode of the Pnei Menachem of Gur in Mr. Carmel in…

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A Public Alternative to Payday Loans

In early February, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced plans to rescind a rule requiring payday loan lenders to accurately assess whether borrowers can repay them. The Obama-era regulation was…

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