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Don’t Deny Differences in the Name of Inclusion

As we approach Purim and take our annual look at its exciting tale, we meet the recently-exiled Jewish nation feeling out of sorts and unwanted, basically just doing their best to fit in.

Some nine years after participating in the king’s gala, Haman points out to Achashverosh that this nation is

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We Need Purim More Than Ever

I was introduced to the fine art of Purim spoofs back in the late ‘90s when I was on the staff of the YU Commentator. More effort went into the Purim edition than any other paper we published, and often the pieces written in jest, with a comedic license not usually available to newspaper writers, were more effective at making a point than

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Why Biden’s Terror Designation Reversal Won’t Change Houthi Behavior

In response to the U.S. State Department’s terrorist designation reversal, the rebels escalated attacks on civilian targets in Saudi Arabia.

The Biden administration warned Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Feb. 7 to halt terrorist attacks targeting civilians just 48 hours after

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Biden Urges Democracy Abroad: Will It Apply to Palestinians?

His strong words about human rights are welcome.

Now we’ll see if he means them when it comes to one of the main offenders.

By Stephen M. Flatow

In a stirring speech last week, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke eloquently of

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The GOP Isn’t Big Enough for Jews and Marjorie Taylor Greene

Republicans’ disinterest in ostracizing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, an extremist who proudly peddles anti-Semitic conspiracies, is devastating for Jewish conservatives.

Despite all they disliked about him, the overwhelming majority of Jewish conservatives were ready to live with the fact that the

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Orthodox Rabbis Should Speak to Other Streams of Judaism

Though their ideologies were threatening to Orthodoxy many, many decades ago, that is no longer the case.

In June, Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, an Orthodox religious-Zionist rabbi, participated in a dialogue with Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, a French Reform Rabbi. Rabbi Melamed was

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Anti-Semitism and COVID-19 Demanded a Strong Government Response. We New Yorkers Got One.

Confronted with the challenges of our lifetime, we owe Chuck Schumer our gratitude.

It was a year ago. The Jewish community had barely passed the commemoration of the first anniversary of the Tree of Life massacre, and suddenly we were again reeling after brazen and deadly anti-Semitic attacks

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The Most Consequential Jew of 2020: Jared Kushner

He and his wife have been warned never to return to New York. He’s been mocked and demonized, as well as blamed for every bad thing that has happened in the last four years, including white-supremacist violence and the coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, outside of President Donald Trump, there may have been no figure in his administration who

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An Ugly Divorce Foretold

News that the 23rd Knesset is about to dissolve, plunging Israel into its fourth elections in two years, came as a shock to no one. It was clear to all that the unity deal signed between Likud and Blue and White following the March 2020 election was an arranged marriage and that the match was doomed to fail.

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Palestinian Arab Propagandists Re-Write History—Literally

History can be so inconvenient for people with agendas, so they just rewrite it. But in Israel, archaeology trumps the lies.

(This essay originally appeared on Arutz Sheva and is reprinted by permission of the author.)

Two small, seemingly unrelated items in the news

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Closing the Door: A Pandemic Chanukah Gift

This Chanukah we must learn to celebrate the gift of a closed door.

Yeshayahu (26:20) said: “Go my people, come into your chambers and close your door behind you, hide for a moment until the wrath passes.”

It is this verse that the Talmud (Bava Kamma 60b) cites in

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What Is Going to Change in the Middle East Under Biden?

President Donald Trump’s policies in the Middle East contributed significantly to changes in the rules of the game in the region, both in the Palestinian and regional contexts.

The primary change was the breaking of the paradigm in which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was at the heart of the

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