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A Life Among Ghosts

  The Polish village of Parysów (Porisov in Yiddish) is not a large dot on the map of the increasingly popular Jewish heritage tours to Poland. Those with a good…

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Do Guns Really Keep Us Safer?

Stats, personal accounts, and a hashkafic perspective Aaron M* is a 27-year-old father of two. He does property management, learns the daf every evening with his chavrusa, recently celebrated his…

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Scandal in the Rearview Mirror

Russia and Poland are battling for supremacy in their quest to rewrite the history of World War II. “Never forget” is a phrase commonly associated with the Holocaust. Presumably, world…

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A New Middle East

As of this week, the world is a safer place without the likes of Qassem Soleimani, who not only built Iranian terror forces all over the world, but also caused…

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The Storm That Came Before the Hurricane

Perspectives on months of attacks in Williamsburg that preceded Jersey City, Monsey, and national attention to the rise of anti-Semitic violence. For more than a year before the murders in…

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Danon in the Lion’s Den

This was supposed to be an exit interview, but Danny Danon’s term is going extra innings. Danon’s term as Israeli ambassador to the United Nations was to have finished at…

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If I Can Do it, They Can Do it

  Rabbi Leibish Lish. Rabbi Leibish Lish to Present Masmidei HaSiyum B’ram — Indeed, Yehoshua ben Gamla’s name should be honored, for were it not for him, Torah would have…

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Who Are the Black Hebrew Israelites?

For most New Yorkers, the term “Black Hebrew Israelites” conjures up images of militant preachers dressed in pseudo-Biblical clothing, brandishing posters of anti-Semitic imagery, shouting about some wild conspiracy theory…

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The CEO, the COO and the Siyum

It was late in the evening of August 1, 2012, as the 12th Siyum HaShas was winding down. Rabbi Yosef Chaim Golding, Chief Operating Officer of the Siyum, was sitting…

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There’s a Scam Born Every Minute

Miriam knew she was in for a big headache. A call had come in from the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s toll free number. The caller, who knew Miriam’s first and…

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A Golden Age Turned Black

A Jewish Scientist in Nazi Germany The evening had all the trappings that one might expect of a museum exhibit opening: Well-dressed sophisticates milling about, hovering over a sampling of…

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The Fear that Our Enemies Might Miscalculate

Many in Israel are saying these days that our enemies are liable to mistakenly analyze our raging political developments and come to the dangerous conclusion that now is a good…

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Clearing the Air on Vaping

For those of you who are foreigners to the world of smoking, when you first heard the word “vape” you may have thought it was a new-fangled way of talking…

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Living Under Terror

An interview with Yaakov Greenbaum of Ashdod, father of eight, who was still in Yerushalayim on Thursday morning, awaiting a possible return later in the day. From your viewpoint, how…

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ADHD: Is Ritalin the Answer?

This story is often told, tongue in cheek: Shaya, a young schoolboy, would act up each day in class. His teacher, at his wits’ end, advised the parents to medicate…

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U.K. ELECTIONS: Mind the Gap

The U.K. is preparing for a general election on December 12 — the third in four years. What are British people voting for? How does the British electoral system work?…

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