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Osama

THE moment I heard the news of Osama's death, I felt good. That primal feeling of wanting justice in this world, of the innocent good guys winning and the bad guys getting their due, is hard wired into us humans. And so for a moment, it felt good. The river of emotion and American pride that surged throughout the country was inspiring. The chants of USA! USA! all over, and the spontaneous outburst of USA! chant that rose at the Philly-Mets game, deadlocked in the ninth inning, was pretty special. I was proud of America. It felt like the end of epoch.

Proud of the military. Super proud of the Navy Seals, and especially a toast to Seal team 6! All those years of searching for Osama, of crossing over into war, those long days and nights of servicemen and servicewomen — what they fought for, the convoys and combats, were somehow compressed into this one moment of news: Osama is dead.

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Jewish on Earth

Making Earth Day meaningful

THIS year Earth Day fell on the Friday of Pesach. It was successful: the earth is still here. Of course, the earth was here before humans arrived, and will be here long after they’re gone. However, I vote for delaying our exit. How about you? When I wrote this column, most of us were complaining about eating the bread of affliction. Complaining is good — it’s the first step toward creating change. At the seder, we celebrated our progress since leaving poverty and affliction in ancient Eg...
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View From Denver

Score a 16 on a par 4 — what’s the big deal?

The other day, Kevin Na shot a 16 on a par 4 hole. It was a record. No one on the PGA had ever shot that score before on a par 4 hole. Quite a big deal was made of it. I am at a loss to understand why. I shoot a 16 on a par 4 hole regularly, and no one ever makes a big deal when I do it. And, hey! Na is on the PGA — he’s won millions in the last three years. Me? They won’t even let me on the PGA, to dip into those fat purses, and I can match Na’s record every time out! Reminds me of th...

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 April 2011 06:22 )

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View from Central Park

What, no matzah on Pesach?

WHEN it comes to Pesach observance, everyone’s opinions about observance become stronger than usual. What is it about this holiday that brings this out in people? For example, the maror. Hot, tear inducing, ground white horseradish, or Romaine lettuce (bogus if you ask me), but an ideal choice according to the Talmud? Matzah shmurah: machine or home-made? Cooking with matzah meal or strictly non-“gebrokts,” no contact whatsoever between any matzah and liquid (eliminating matzah balls, bu...

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 April 2011 06:23 )

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Conservative Lens

Exactly who is selfish?

IN the contemporary world, where left-wing attitudes are regarded as normative, it is a given that capitalism, with its free market and profit motive, emanates from and creates selfishness, while socialism, the welfare state and the “social compact,” as it is increasingly referred to, emanate from and produce selflessness. The opposite is the truth. Whatever its intentions, the entitlement state produces far more selfish people — and therefore, a far more selfish society — than a free-...

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 April 2011 06:25 )

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