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The View From Here

Thank You to All the Teachers

Several years ago, an acquaintance of mine gave me a succinct lesson in economics and social policy. For whatever reason, he told me, society...

Battle Against Sharia Might as Well Take Aim Against Judaism

Did you know there’s a prominent religious group, right here in the United States, with its own legal system? Adherents have their own courts, their...

Long Before Europe, Israel Was Forced to Go it Alone

A half-century after the conclusion of the Six-Day War, a veritable cottage industry has sprouted seeking to derive all manner of lessons — whether...

Disagree All You Want With Presidential Family, But Keep Shabbat Out of It

As President Donald Trump was finishing his visit to Saudi Arabia and preparing to depart for Israel earlier this week, the Forward reported that...

Something Smells Rotten in Philadelphia

Everybody loves children, or at least they should. And everybody believes in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, or at least...

Like Oil and Water, Politics and Religion Don’t Mix Well in United States

In the American system of adversarial justice — which you can see any time you want by walking into a courtroom — we rely...

A Nation of Wusses? Not a Chance

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about Ed Rendell’s famous quip that we’ve become a “nation of wusses.” I’ve seen its truth in the tendency...

As Goes France, So Goes the Rest of Us?

The same day that we in Philadelphia were beginning commemorations of Yom Hashoah, citizens in France, a country with a complicated Holocaust history, closed...

A Long History and a Bright Future

At the risk of stating the obvious, a lot sure has changed in the last 130 years. Not that I have firsthand experience of all...

Valuing Person Over Party

In the midst of the rare chorus lauding President Trump’s decision to order missile strikes on a Syrian air base, it was easy to...