Op-Ed

‘The Skies Have Shattered Over Us’

Four children were orphaned Sunday morning: The 18-month-old child of Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, Hy”d, 28, and the three children of Ziv Hagbi, Hy”d, 35. Other lives were also changed forever…

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What’s Not Necessarily in a Name

Unless you happen to live in California’s 50th Congressional district, which encompasses parts of San Diego County and Riverside County in the south of the state, you won’t have to…

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Proceed With Extreme Caution

Although apparently uncommon, tantrums in one-year-olds are not unheard of. As far as my other children are concerned, I cannot recall any of them behaving in such a manner at…

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A Voice That Will Be Missed

As the American ambassador to an institution infamous for its inherent bias, Ambassador Nikki Haley was a ringing voice of fairness and reason. As a governor, and as a U.N.…

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The Supreme Court Needs Term Limits

Suddenly everybody wants to explore term limits for Supreme Court justices. Welcome aboard. I’ve been on that train for almost a quarter of a century. The current argument is that…

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Beyond Euphoria in Pyongyang

For some, it appears that the euphoria of the Singapore summit of last June seems more like four years than four months ago. The sunny optimism of a historic breakthrough…

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Russians Caught Red-Handed in Cyber-Spying

Dutch authorities have photographs of four Russian military intelligence (GRU) operatives arriving at the Amsterdam airport last April, escorted by a member of the Russian embassy. They have copies of…

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Cyberperil Across the Globe

New revelations and assertions of cybercrime on an international scale and attempts to misleadingly politicize users of the internet erupted last week, with American, German, British and Dutch officials sharply…

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Of Grace and Happiness

The last passuk of this week’s parashah reveals that despite the wickedness of his generation, “Noach found chein in the Eyes of Hashem.” (Chein, usually translated as “grace,” is one…

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Whom Do We Trust With Our Private Information?

Consider the following three situations: While vacationing in the Catskills this summer, you receive an alert from the fraud prevention unit of your bank. They noticed unusual activity on your…

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The Boys Who Cried Anti-Semitism

It wasn’t exactly unexpected that President Trump’s son Eric, who often rebuts attacks on his father, would have spoken out against the new book by journalist Bob Woodward that presents…

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Listening to the Bas Kol

Chazal (Chagigah 15) tell us the heartbreaking tale of Acher. Born Elisha ben Avuya, he reached enormous heights in Torah knowledge and was the teacher of the great Tanna Rabi…

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Yom Kippur Shehecheyanu: Time to Celebrate!

As with every Yom Tov, we usher in the sanctity of Yom Kippur with the brachah of Shehecheyanu. Just as we rejoice with the advent of Sukkos or Pesach, so,…

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Lessons From the Rabbis’ March

Seventy-five years ago this week, three days before Yom Kippur 5702/1943, more than four hundred Rebbes and Rabbanim left their homes and kehillos from throughout the United States to march…

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The Arvus Factor

A mother and father are notified that their darling little boy broke a neighbor’s window. They feel responsible to right the wrong. They are, after all, where the buck stops…

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“Where Is Yossele?”

Until the age of seven, he never left Komemiyus, the first chareidi moshav in Israel. The house, the shtiebel and the cow barn in the chareidi shtetl were a haven…

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