Opinion

The Lonely Man of Politics

James Comey Jr., the former director of the FBI and author of a new book, truly stands out from the crowd. Not only because the man is 6’ 8” tall.…

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“Why are You Calling Over Those Arsim?!”

I try to frequent the local basketball court, when I can, to get some much-needed exercise, and, on this particular occasion — a few days after Pesach ended — there…

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When Netanyahu Blew Shofar

Jewish folklore is a treasure trove of unique stories, parables for the generations. There was the poritz who ordered the Jewish community to take his friend, a heretic, to be…

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North Korea Keeps Conning Trump

When President Donald Trump announced on March 8 his intention to meet with Kim Jong Un, I wrote that the leaders of South and North Korea had “snookered the credulous…

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Cuba After the Castros

(Washington Post) – In the next few days, history will be made in Cuba. For the first time in almost 60 years, a Castro will not rule the island, as…

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A Matter of Relevance

Davening had ended sometime before, and the young bachur waited patiently until I had finished talking to a friend before approaching me with a question. “What happened in Syria?” he…

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They’ve Lost Their Way

Eighteen days before the opening of the First Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897, The New York Times publicized the news of the gathering, and spiced up the item with…

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Trump’s Syria Strike was Meant to Project Strength

In 2013, after Syrian dictator Bashar Assad crossed President Obama’s red line and used chemical weapons on innocent civilians, a U.S. official told the Los Angeles Times that Pres. Obama’s retaliatory…

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Here’s Why Countries Choose Airstrikes

(Washington Post) – Following his April 11 tweet that missiles “will be coming” in Syria, President Donald Trump on Friday night announced U.S. airstrikes in multiple sites, including Damascus. The…

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The Outstanding Paul Ryan Departs

(Tribune News Service) – House Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring, and some say good riddance to bad rubbish while others of us say the rubbish resides in the critics. He…

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Chastened By a Midrash

I don’t find it terribly hard to be tolerant of others’ political points of view, even when they are far from my own. I try to be mindful of the…

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Trump Is Threatening to Repeat Obama’s Mistakes

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump excoriated President Barack Obama for “the way he got out of Iraq,” which Trump said “was the founding of” the Islamic State. As president,…

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Syria’s Holocaust Remembrance Day

The appalling images from the streets of Duma, Syria, once again bring to the fore the best-known secret of all: President Bashar Al Assad is methodically murdering the weak, the…

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FAKE NEWS AT HAMODIA?

Disappointment is too mild a word to describe what I felt when I read Rabbi Shafran’s column filed under “NRA and Anti-Semitism” and his not-so-veiled criticism of the NRA and…

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