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Editorial & Opinion | Editorial

08/30/2011 | Editorial

How many of us would risk our life to save another’s? Run into a burning building? Dive into a churning body of water? Fend off an armed thief?

Fortunately, few of us have to face such a test.

On a street corner in Rockland County, a 50-year-old father of four faced this test Sunday morning, hours after Hurricane Irene hit David Reichenberg’s Spring Valley neighborhood, knocking down branches and power lines, flooding roads.

Mr. Reichenberg passed his test.

And in doing so he lost his life.

08/23/2011 | Editorial

Lest one think that the mitzvah of pidyon shvuyim, redeeming captives, is ancient history, one need only read recent headlines.

08/23/2011 | Editorial

What are we to make of the latest events in Libya, where the feared and hated despot Muammar al-Qaddafi appears to be at the end of his long reign? Will the revolution there lead to unity and democracy or tribal warfare and chaos? And how will Qaddafi’s fate impact on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, whose continued defiance in spite of calls for his ouster is sure to garner even more attention now as the international spotlight turns to him?

08/16/2011 | Editorial

The Crown Heights riots, one of the most traumatic events in American Jewish history, still elicits shivers and arguments as if it were yesterday, rather than 20 years ago. What was clear from the Girgenti Report, commissioned by Gov. Mario Cuomo, is that the riot was not a “race riot” but an anti-Semitic riot.

08/16/2011 | Editorial

Everyone knows, even people who don’t really follow the intricacies of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, that the Obama administration and numerous journalists and academics consider the settlements and sometimes even the announcement of new Israeli housing in Jerusalem, to be obstacles to a resumption of negotiations.

08/09/2011 | Editorial

The old expression “the pot calling the kettle black” comes to mind this week on learning that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has urged Syrian President Bashar al Assad to stop “the killing machines and end the bloodshed.”