Op-Ed

Drastic Action Today

Climate change tops the agenda at the United Nations General Assembly this week. Not the danger of Iran getting a nuclear weapon or the plight of millions of refugees from…

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An Endorsement We Can Make

The three Democratic front-runners in the quest for the presidency in 2020 are all in their 70s: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is 76, Senator Elizabeth Warren is…

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Quashing Self-Doubt

On this coming Motzoei Shabbos, Jews of Askenazic descent will begin to recite Selichos, joining their Sephardic brethren who have been doing so since Rosh Chodesh Elul. These are days…

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Stop the Sanctions Madness, Senator Rubio!

Back in the Before Time of 2016, I occasionally praised Sen. Marco Rubio (F-Fla.) for his foreign policy acumen. Unlike many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle,…

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Reflections on a Difficult Election

As of this writing — 24 hours after Israelis went to the polls for the second time in less than six months — the country’s political future remains highly uncertain.…

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We Have Already Won

By the time you read this, the day after the general elections will have arrived. The worst will finally be over. It was an ugly campaign, the ugliest in memory,…

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Hakaras Hatov That Could Save Jewish Lives

We don’t often hear of righteous Palestinians who save Jews from terror attacks. It happened last weekend, when Dr. Amin Mansour, a dentist, helped a father and son who had…

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Save the Mustard Seed

A Nordic effort reminds us of a mitzvah for our time. As Jews the world over listened to Krias HaTorah on Shabbos morning Parashas Shoftim, someone at The New York…

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Learn From Leaks

CGI said it was a major Russian hack, but Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White Party, vehemently denied it and even insinuated that CGI has it out for…

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Lead by Example

Before we get to the heart of the matter, let’s start this conversation on a positive note. On September 9, California Governor Gavin Newsom took a bold step in expanding…

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The Iranian Escalation

The most recent military strike on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend was an attack not only on the kindgom’s vital assets, but in effect constituted an attack on…

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Smoke Alarm

Last Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the administration’s intention to remove all flavored “vaping” products from the market as part of an effort to stem use…

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The Queen Gets Dragged Into the Brexit Quagmire

Three Scottish judges just lobbed a constitutional grenade onto an already bloody Brexit battlefield by ruling that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Britain’s parliament is unlawful. If the Queen has…

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A Lesson in Gratitude

Many of us of have a scorecard-like approach to our interpersonal relationships. We consider how much we have done for the other fellow versus how much he has done for…

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There’s Still a Path Forward With the Taliban

President Donald Trump is taking a lot of criticism for abruptly cancelling talks he had hoped to sponsor between the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan at Camp David. But…

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Leftward, Ho!

One of the many remarkable things about the contest for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination is that the name “Barack Obama” almost never passes the lips of the candidates.…

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