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Diplomacy and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Not too long ago, one of my older sons desperately wanted a Nintendo DS. For those of you who are not gamers or are...

Hier Will Honor the Presidency

A presidential inauguration has always been a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power. This year, after a crude and divisive election campaign won...

So Much for Friendship

Conventional wisdom holds that the only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict lies in a two-state solution and that the United States will always have...

The Clock Is Ticking

It seems to be culturally appropriate to welcome the secular New Year with revelry by night and hangover by day. Newspaper articles last Sunday,...

In a World of Darkness, Let Chanukah Light the Way

Chanukah is always special, but this year the holiday took on added significance for me. Yes, it was the first time since 1978 that...

Obama Abstains on Israel

At the recent White House Chanukah parties — the last such affairs under the outgoing Obama administration — there were smiles and warm feelings...

Trump’s Man in Jerusalem

Donald Trump says he wants to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and in David Friedman, the president-elect has nominated an...

A Vigorous Jewish Press Is Needed Now, More than Ever

Shortly after President George W. Bush won a second White House term, I was covering one of those run-of-the-mill rallies in front of Philadelphia’s...
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Not Much Left for Citizens in Chester Beyond Buying a Single Can

Airliners approaching from the south to land at Philadelphia International Airport pass over block after block of rowhomes and abandoned brick industrial buildings —...
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A Return to Civility

Americans used to talk about election-related violence and contested balloting in other countries with a degree of smugness, confident that it couldn’t happen here. Not...