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The View From Here

In Search of Moderation

It’s not every day that a witty quote about alcohol can be seen as a political aphorism, but when six months into office the...

Maccabiah’s Opening Ceremonies Add to Pluralism Debate

It may have been the quickest wedding in modern Jewish history, but the nuptials of Avi Steinberg and Rachel Dixon certainly didn’t take away...

Breaking the Bank

Pennsylvania seems to have a knack for spending money it doesn’t have — or isn’t willing to get. Just take a look at the commonwealth’s...

Celebrating the Fourth Means Celebrating Each Other

Have you ever noticed how our public nonreligious holidays blend together? With the exception of Flag Day and Veterans Day, which for most people are...

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...