Author: Jeff Ballabon

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Nanny State

A couple of us mixed it up a while back on the issue of intrusive government. The following is a link to a clever illustration of the confluence of commercial database and information mining...

Exceptional Circumstances

R. Yaakov, I’m not sure we disagreed. Of course Israel will be demonized – the point is that Israel is demonized regardless of what it does – short of overtly suicidal acts – but...

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Jumping to Contusions

Drive them all out in a campaign of ethnic cleansing as in Kosovo? I do not see Jewish soldiers dragging Arab mothers from their homes and throwing them into trucks. And besides, NATO would...

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…And I’ll Cry if I Want To

I couldn’t find this yet on the Internet, but I was chatting this morning with a friend in Israel and it sounded like he did a spit-take looking at the Jerusalem Post. Apparently, today’s...

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A Sigh of Belief

R. Yitzchok’s post, specifically his recounting of Rav Avigdor Miller’s story, led me to consider once again something that I’ve pondered over the years. In my experience, people constantly and unsuccessfully use physical evidence...

Meanwhile, Over in Al-Memlaka Al-Mutahida*

The Corner’s John Derbyshire highlights the ominous in this lighthearted feature about popular kids’ names in England… I know, I know – C-C’s probably not the right blog for this, but it’s where I’m...

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Judgment Call:

I’m not sure what the expectations for this blog are among its participants or its readers, but I think that one of the reasons I was invited might be my political involvement. There’s an...

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Clarity

R. Noach Weinberg famously says “Clarity or Death”…Over the years, I’ve come to see this not as a quip, not as hyperbole, but as true wisdom – an extremely precise statement of the way...

More on dialogue

In reading the last post as well as one of the comments, I guess I should clarify – I am not interested in interfaith dialogue as an institutional concept and I don’t believe the...

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Dialogue, Shmialogue

Yaakov M responds to a (Reform) reader: Oh, and as for your statement: “Sometimes I think we really should engage in dialogue with the OU or whatever” – hear hear! You’re not the first...

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