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Sunday, September 27, 2020
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RBG and How to Save a Corrosive Political Culture

The friendship between the late justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia provides a model for all Americans interacting with political foes.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18—the eve of Rosh Hashanah—at the age of 87 was a symbol of female empowerment,

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A Tale of Two White House Signing Ceremonies

Attending the White House signing ceremony on Tuesday of the Abraham Accords—which normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain—was both moving and jarring. Standing at the South Lawn, just meters from the Rose Garden where the Oslo Accords were signed 27 years ago on Sept. 13, 1993, the comparison between

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Eliot Engel and the Vanishing Pro-Israel Jewish Liberal

Is it possible to be an American Jew who proudly and emphatically supports the state of Israel while embracing the values of the left? The takeover of the Democratic Party by the ideologies of intersectionality and other far-left philosophies is making this proposition increasingly untenable.

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Don’t Accept the Myth of ‘Jewish Privilege’

Jews reclaimed a hashtag by writing about anti-Semitism. The problem is how extremists seek to shame them into silence or acquiescence to radical schemes.

For one day at least, Twitter became a forum for some honesty, as opposed to the usual orgy of nastiness and pointless memes. After seeing

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We Need to Take It Down a Notch

Several years ago, I was in the supermarket and a gentleman I knew was on his phone clearly trying to correctly retrieve the item he was sent to get. When he hung up, I commented that as hard as he tried, he was bound to bring home the wrong thing. His reply was that bringing home the wrong thing sometimes didn’t bother him so much, but

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Seizing a 'Viral Opportunity'

Gershon Distenfeld’s “A Viral Opportunity” (April 23, 2020) created a lot of dialogue last week. I appreciated his passionate and well-reasoned plea to the Modern Orthodox community to reexamine its priorities. He acknowledged that many families struggling with the financial burdens of Modern Orthodox life are still considered

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My Experience at CPAC

I’ve long wanted to attend the annual CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) gathering in Washington DC. Given the unprecedented stakes in the 2020 election, I decided that this was the year I would finally take the plunge.

It’s quite scary but there’s a real chance that we could elect a

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The Deal Within the ‘Deal of the Century’

At the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs on Sunday, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman worked to clarify miscommunications surrounding just how fast Israel will be able to fully apply its sovereignty over Jewish settlements and strategic tracts of land set to “immediately” become part of Israel as part of the U.S.

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Why Are Democrats Skipping Out on AIPAC?

Who’s going to #SkipAIPAC? The hashtag campaign created by the anti-Zionist IfNotNow group is winning even when their demands that Democrats, and especially their presidential candidates, stay away from the annual AIPAC policy conference next month are opposed.

The radical group scored an unexpected

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Understanding the ‘Deal of the Century’ From a Muslim Perspective

Unsurprisingly, the Palestinian answer to the Trump administration’s historic “deal of the century” peace plan—as it would have been to any plan—was a resounding “no.”

The ultimate source of Palestinian rejectionism comes from the deeply rooted belief that according to Islamic law, any

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New York and New Jersey: Sanctuary States for Anti-Semitic Hate?

With anti-Semitic assaults on visibly identifiable Jews in the New York area continuing seemingly without letup, many are asking why the largest population center of American Jewry finds itself immersed in what some have likened to a modern-day, slow-motion pogrom.

If anything, the attacks have become so

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When Dreams Meet Reality

Last Shabbat we read Paashat Miketz. It marked the 10th time we have read this parsha since the fall of 2009, which marked the low point of the Great Recession of 2008. During that time unemployment was close to 10% and the Dow was under 9000. Since that time, unemployment has dropped by almost two-thirds and the Dow has more than

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