Op-Ed

A Betrayal That Must End

Betrayal is a very harsh term to use in any context. How much more so when it is used to describe the treatment of a government towards its own bona-fide…

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Good Riddance

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did the right thing last week in terminating the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH). There is no reason for Israel to…

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Writing Well Is an Act of Resistance

Spend more than a few minutes in the word business — I’ve spent going on 30 years in it, as a proofreader, copy editor, publishing-house copy chief and, recently, the…

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Can Venezuela Happen Here?

In a rather surprising development, the causes and ramifications of the ongoing crisis in Venezuela are now at the forefront of the American political discourse. While the effects of the…

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Taking and Giving

There are a number of ways people may react to an appeal for tzedakah. Some perceive a request to give tzedakah as a threat to their own financial well-being. To…

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Greatness or Gridlock

After two years of some of the most ferocious partisan politics the country has known, and against the backdrop of a still-unresolved federal shutdown, President Donald Trump made an eloquent…

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A Most Surprising Conflation

Yechezkel Mezzo, z”l, grew up in a Hungarian village that was so poor that the townspeople could only afford to hire a melamed for six months a year. “Half a…

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When Labels Matter

David Bar Kapara, Hy”d, was in his vineyard in June 2015, learning from a sefer, when he was attacked and brutally murdered by two of his Arab workers. The police…

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Polar Vort

“Not as cold as Siberia.” That’s what my father, a”h, would say with a laugh if I complained over the phone about the frigid weather in Providence, where my family…

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Bnei Brak’s ‘Tehillim Yid’

“Vehinei Hashem nitzav alav…” The chassidic choir sings the Zutchke niggun that has become a Chassidic hit, “Umelo kol ha’aretz kevodo.” The song was composed by Harav Asher Yeshayah Rosenbaum,…

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Did the Forward Get It Backwards 120 Years Ago?

News that the Forward print edition will soon be part of the dustbin of history should come as no surprise. Their weekly English-language edition is going the way of the…

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Tzu Gezunt

Self assessment of health, child obesity, smoking, and cancer. In every single one of those health-measuring categories, the city that scored better than any other city in the country, according…

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Worsening Labor Shortage Demands More Immigrants

The exceptionally low unemployment rate is good news for American workers. But it contributes to a growing problem: Companies can’t find enough employees. This puts downward pressure on corporate and…

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Cold War Redux?

The United States and Russia — still possessing by far the biggest arsenals of mass destruction — are both threatening to tear up the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty. Both…

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The Middle Class Isn’t Shrinking

It has become an accepted notion in many circles: The middle class is shrinking, while the rich are reaping the bulk of the spoils in a growing economy. As proof,…

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