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The Nine Days: eat healthier while mourning

August 1-10 is known in the Jewish calendar as The Nine Days. These are the final days of a unit of time known as The Three Weeks, which culminates in the saddest day of...

No plea bargain for the 9/11 mastermind

Eighteen years after alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed sent not only some 3,000 innocent people to their deaths but also his fellow terrorists, suddenly...

Is there a single ethical ideal?

What is the ethical ideal? Is it always altruism? Pirkei Avot states in the name of Antigonus: “Be not like servants who serve their master with the expectation of...

Trump stakes out the moral high ground in defunding the Palestinian Authority

In any other context, funding the PA would be prosecuted as accessory to murder. The claim is made that President Trump’s defunding of the Palestinian Authority is...

Preventing a fatal distraction

It’s summer, and it’s scorching hot outside. This is my third time deciding to dedicate my column to this horrendously painful modern death called hyperthermia,...

Joe Silver, 1927-2019

From his perch at age 92, Joe Silver never did make it back to age 18 again, as he so devoutly begged every rabbi and anyone else whom he thought could or should make it...

Nice to meet you

Over the past four and a half years, I’ve gotten to know some of our readers in a variety of ways. Sometimes it’s when they call to renew their subscription....

Cultural appropriation

Talk about cultural appropriation. We’re sure you’ve heard this one before: “Jesus was a Palestinian.” Never mind that a Palestinian national identity didn’t...

‘Go back’

Having lived in a country where “Go back” comments were often heard, I was very disturbed by the president’s latest tweetstorm. Sadly, “go back” is part of an...

Provocative thoughts

Provocative thoughts I recently ran across: • A letter to the New Yorker from Devin Schindler: “It’s noble to agree with Dostoyevsky’s observation that ‘it is...