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Universal Education or Universal Competence?

Politicians take for granted that education is the road to empowerment and equality. Obama has read poems off his teleprompter about the wonders of education as the only means of ensuring "our" children's future. There is nothing revolutionary about that. Every politician takes it for granted that education means empowerment. But does it really?

Makor Rishon to Buy Maariv?

Globes is reporting that Shlomo Ben-Zvi, one of the owners of the religious Israeli newspaper, Makor Rishon, is in advanced talks with Maariv owner Nochi Dankner...

My Big Fat Jewish Wedding

[vimeo 7441722 w=250 h=187] צאנז 111 from bhol on Vimeo. Not being a Chasid of his (or Chasid of any kind) I don’t really know much...

For Love or Money – The Real Cost of a Wedding

Mazal tov! Your son or daughter has just got engaged.

Social Insecurity

More than any other reason, “social justice” killed Moshe Silman. Here’s why: Who confiscated his truck and for what purpose? Social security. After all, what is social security, if not the mechanism established by the state to ensure so-called social justice? It is an institution authorized to take from the “haves” and give to the “have-nots.” And from whom will the Institute for Social Justice take if not from the owner of a moving company? And to whom will it give the value of the truck? To the tycoons? Of course not. It will give the truck’s value to the have-nots, or to those who know how to hide what they have.

Monetizing Debt: A Historically Disastrous Policy

Few understand better than the Germans how economic self-destruction can bring a nation and the world to the edge of abyss. The crushing debt imposed on them at the end of World War I led to unprecedented hyperinflation as they monetized their obligations, running their printing presses to create millions of worthless marks.

Psychiatrist: Man Who Set Himself on Fire at Tel-Aviv Rally Attempted Suicide in 2005

While it is true that Silman had been treated quite heartlessly by the authorities, it is also clear that his case is by no means typical.

Three Reasons Why You Should Not Help Your Children Buy a Home or Apartment

What is the greatest present that you can give your children when they get married? In certain communities, the answer is, “an apartment.” Many parents take on second or third mortgages, sell their own homes, or bury themselves in debt to make sure that an apartment comes along with the trousseau.

French Jewry Leader: Hollande Victory a Boost to Anti-Israel Front

Following his victory Sunday, the 57-year-old François Hollande shouted himself hoarse, as he had done so often during the campaign, thanking his supporters for electing him president and promising to unite the whole country. But Richard Prasquier, President of the Jewish-French organizations, says one of the changes the Hollande presidency brings is a boost to the anti-Israel left.

Sarkozy in Neck and Neck Fight with Socialist Challenger

A sluggish economy and a rising popular hostility to conservative President Nicolas  Sarkozy's "American" style do not bode well for the French incumbent in...

Barack Obama’s 2012 New Year’s Resolutions

Obama will eliminate Welfare by requiring all poor people to move in with rich people.

The Tragedy Of Turkey’s Turning On Israel

The Jewish debt to the Turks goes back centuries, to when the Ottomans took in thousands of Jewish refugees after the Spanish and Portuguese expulsions of 1492 and 1497. Moreover, when Israel was shunned for decades by nearly every Muslim country, it was Turkey that was Israel's military ally and commercial trading partner.

A Chuppah Tale

Are there any coincidences? I don't believe so. Everything that happens is preordained by Hashem.

Financial Crisis Debate: What Are The Democrats Afraid Of?

If Republicans in high elective office had urged the media not to report on the ideas of Democrats on contentious issues because such reporting would tend to legitimatize really absurd notions, the protests would be deafening, especially from the likes of The New York Times. Likewise if Republicans had taken to referring to Democratic legislators who outmaneuvered them in a losing political battle as "terrorists."

Fairly And With Respect

Noach Dear has worn many hats during his nearly 30 years of public service. The hat he currently dons is that of a jurist, as he presides over a courtroom in Downtown Brooklyn, which handles all of the consumer debt cases in the borough. Each and every day, in Judge Dear's modest courtroom, a real-life drama unfolds as hardworking people, struggling to make ends meet, step up to the bench in a desperate effort to deal with mounting piles of debt they have scant hope of repaying. While these litigants may not be seeking millions of dollars or trying to avoid a stiff prison term, they are facing a frightening situation in which their families' financial futures are hanging in the balance.

It’s My Opinion: An Economic Crisis

America is currently reeling in the throes of what is being called, "an economic crisis." Dire prognostications of doom are aired every half hour throughout the day and night on all major news programs. Media, politicians and pundits are doing their best to keep the agitation going.

Borders And Boundaries (Part 1)

Recently, I came across a talk show whose topic of discussion was about managing personal finances.

Rededication Of Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin in Poland (Part II)

Last week's column, mostly pictures, on the rededication of Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin, could only partially describe the joyous event.

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