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The Oppression of Parking Tickets

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The Arab journalist whom the New York Times has hired to report on Israel has come up with the most “terrifying” example yet of Israeli oppression: the issuing of parking tickets to Palestinians.

The reporter, Diaa Hadid, who describes herself as “an Australian of Lebanese and Egyptian descent,” previously served as...

Radical Ideology, Not ‘Economic Strain’ Is the Root Cause of Terrorism

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In an interview on CBS-TV’s “This Morning” last week, President Obama outlined his theory of the causes of terrorism: climate change is straining natural resources around the world, and “when people are not able to make a living or take care of their families,” they become “desperate,” and “as human beings are placed under strain, then bad things happen.”

The next day, a middle-class Muslim couple who were not under any evident financial strain and were perfectly capable of taking care of their six-month-old daughter, decided to massacre fourteen people in San Bernardino, California. The terrorist, Syed Farook, was not “desperate.” He was a graduate of California...

A People That Dwells Alone

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Last Saturday night, I attended the funeral of Ezra Schwartz at Ben Gurion Airport. Ezra was spending this year in a yeshiva with a particular focus on gemilut chasadim—charitable acts. Tragically, Ezra was murdered when he and his friends were traveling to do volunteer work at Oz veGa’on, a nature reserve established in memory of the three teenagers who were kidnapped and killed by Hamas terrorists in the summer of 2014.

I am not surprised by the lack of world outrage in response to this heinous act of terrorism. Over time, we have learned not to expect a balanced response to savage murders against Jews. Unfortunately, these brutal acts are continuing on a daily basis, and yet most...

The Banality of Evil

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Evil is as old as the world itself. The sixth chapter of Genesis tells the story of Noah, in which the evil, as embodied by an entire civilization, is condemned by God and then extirpated by a divinely inspired act of nature. The lesson of the Noah story is two-fold: humanity is capable of base evil; and the only way to cleanse that evil is total destruction.

The Paris bloodshed is yet another battleground in a clash of civilizations, the West on the one hand pitted against radical Islam on the other, that will have to be fought to the end. There will be a victor, and there will be the vanquished, and the only question before us is who will win. Much to the chagrin of the apologists (and...

The Value of Orthodox Women Leaders

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“You’ve come a long way, baby” is the slogan coined by the Leo Burnett Agency in 1968 for a thinner, more feminine smoke produced by the Phillip Morris Company for the Virginia Slims brand cigarette. The campaign was unusually successful in marketing cigarettes by tickling a soft spot on the American psyche that was celebrating the advent of feminism.

The Jewish world in general and the Orthodox Jewish world in particular often follow the leads of its host society albeit at a much slower pace. It is not by accident that 300 years later and 380 kilometers away from Martin Luther’s Reformation came forth Israel Jacobson’s Reformed Judaism. It is also not surprising that 100 years...

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