Cross-Currents Blog

Of Bump Stocks and Background Checks

The landscape of Devin P. Kelley’s life was a veritable forest of red flags. Mr. Kelley, who last week shot to death 26 worshippers in a Texas church and wounded some 20 others, over...

The Price of Tea in Uzbekistan

As commuters made their way home from lower Manhattan last Tuesday evening, the police presence was strong, complete with heavily armed officers, helicopters and dogs. At that point, no one knew if the man...

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Controversies

Going once, going twice….On Nov.9 an unusual auction will be held in Manhattan, at the Kestenbaum auction house. Today, Wednesday Nov.8 (19bHeshvan) is the last chance to see the pre-auction exhibit of the most...

The Pitfall of “Orthopraxy”

Amid the abundance of good Jewish writing these days, it would be a challenge to declare any single article particularly outstanding. But a remarkable recently published essay merits such a distinction. And it was...

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Balfour

If you mention “Balfour” to many young people today, they will assume that you mean what the umpire calls out just before permitting a batter to take first base. (Sorry, folks. Baseball is still...

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Anniversary, Martin Luther!

Sure, something is missing in the title. The word “happy.” Couldn’t bring myself to write that. Read on. You’ve heard the story before, but it continues to elicit chuckles. The Jew, humming to himself,...

The Art of the Decertification

What does President Trump’s decertification of the Iran deal mean, and what does it mean? That wasn’t a mistake. There are two questions here. What exactly it is that the president did, and what...

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