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12/08/2015 - 19:00 | Editorial

We have no quarrel with what President Obama said in his Oval Office address Sunday night on the growing terror threat, here and abroad. Indeed, we agree with much of what he had to say; it’s what he left out that is worrisome.

12/01/2015 - 19:00 | Editorial

Chanukah is a “celebration of light” the way the Fourth of July is a celebration of fireworks, which is to say: “not quite.” Both holidays commemorate exhausting wars of independence, the devastation of the Temple or the colonial countryside, and times of near-defeat in Jerusalem or Valley Forge.

12/01/2015 - 19:00 | Editorial

First, the protégé. Now, the mentor.

For several decades, William “Willie” Rapfogel and Sheldon “Shelly” Silver strode the streets of the Jewish Lower East Side with pride, widely admired as native sons by their community. From the Bialystoker Shul, their spiritual home, to the Grand Street Co-ops to the Orchard Street shopping district to the controversial Seward Park development, Rapfogel and Silver looked out for Jewish interests in the area. And, it turns out, they looked out for their own interests as well, lining their pockets with millions of dollars in cash.

11/24/2015 - 19:00 | Editorial

The announcement this week that Iran has sentenced Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian to prison — for an unannounced period of time and after he already has spent the last 16 months in jail — is another blunt indication of Tehran’s thumbing its nose at the U.S.

11/24/2015 - 19:00 | Editorial

As the political debate here and abroad swirls around immigration policy at a time of empathy and fear, both our Jewish and American traditions remind us anew of our responsibility to care for the stranger, the “other.”

11/17/2015 - 19:00 | Editorial

The flags have been lowered to half-mast. The flowers pile up at the site of the killings. Vigils are held, tears are shed, and political leaders, shocked and angry, speak out against the violence and pledge war against the enemy.