Special Features

Holy War Sponsored By the Taxpayer

Guess who’s supporting jihadi terrorists and their families in England…? While terrorists manufacture mayhem, the money is coming from the taxpayer. The knife-wielding man wears a black mask, concealing all…

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Euro Crisis; Greece Is the Sick Man of Europe

Much like vignettes from a doomsday scenario, young and old waited in seemingly endless queues across Greece to access cash machines in anticipation of an imminent default. Most ATMs now…

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Do You Speak Peevish?

What do you feed a pet peeve? You don’t need to feed it anything. It eats you up. In January 1976, W.T. Rabe, then public relations director at Lake Superior…

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You Know Good And Well

My granddaughter Leah Rochi came in from Israel and I asked if she wants something to eat or drink. “I’m good,” she said. “I know you’re good,” I replied. “I…

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Yarmouk A Symbol of Moral Hypocrisy

Yarmouk, the Palestinian refugee camp which occupies an area of 2.1 square kilometers, located on the outskirts of southern Damascus, was once home to 150,000 people and known as the…

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Elections for the Symbol Minded

Who are you voting against? OK, I’m a New Yorker — where attitude is a way of life; where a bumper sticker declared, “Don’t Tell Me What Kind of Day…

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When Turkey’s Head of State Needs a Booster Seat

Turkey’s electorate sent a clear message. The balance of power has shifted and the president’s ideologically-loaded, inflammatory rhetoric and his “scare, divide and rule” strategy has led to deep divisions…

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Done Deal

One night, close to closing time, one of my esteemed colleagues at Hamodia asked, “How much longer are you planning on being here?” I shrugged and said, “Oh, about 52…

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Hopefully Yours

Shh! Close the door! I have to lie low. … I got myself into a heap of trouble taking sides in the language wars between the prescriptivists (save the language!)…

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Leave Them a Loan

Today’s lesson: Don’t give advice that you weren’t asked for. It won’t be appreciated or productive. And never — even if you’re a hoo-ha language columnist whose family thinks you’re…

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Babel Books Bulletin

As chief book and babel watcher at this readery, I’m recommending two specials of the day. When Noah Webster published A Grammatical Institute of the English Language in 1783, “Webster”…

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What’s the Good Word?

On June 4, 1940, four years and two days before the turning point of World War II — Winston Churchill predicted the coming epic battle. “Upon it depends our own…

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Lex ℞

What’s your favorite dictionary? If you’re still reading … we have to talk. OK. Let me guess. You don’t just use a dictionary for crossword puzzles or to show other…

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Fessing Up

OK, I admit it. I stole them. I’m ready to waive my Miranda rights to remain silent, and make a full confession. (As for rights to legal counsel, my lawyer…

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Caring, More Or Less

When a fellow I know (let’s call him Steven) was in high school, he made a serious tactical error. … He corrected a teacher. Then Steven compounded the error by…

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The English Is Coming

Waiting at a car rental office in Ramat Beit Shemesh, I saw the manager rush in, check a clerk’s computer, and say, “Ha’auto hazeh yesh lo pahntcher — This car…

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Of Angels, Proofs And Puddings

Angels, they say, watch over the cholent. I don’t know the source, but it’s a well-known — and tasteful — proverb. For the uninitiated, let me share an “Ask the…

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Hamodia Wins 5 Awards for Excellence from NYPA

Our loyal readers will be proud to learn that the New York Press Association awarded Hamodia for excellence five times in the four categories:   Best Feature Story 2nd Place…

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