Author Archives: David Kerendian

If you prick us do we not bleed? A shakespearean take on the the logical fallacies of anti-semitism

In response to recent anti-Semitic incidents that have taken place in major cities across the globe, including New York, London, Paris, Jerusalem, and my hometown of Los Angeles, a quote from a 16th-century play by William Shakespeare comes to mind. In the first scene of the third act of Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare conveyed an unprecedented message

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A conversation with dr. presbi: Fiber-optics, intelligent Design, and the big bang

This past Thursday, May 13, 2021, Valley Torah students gathered in the outdoor Beis Midrash tent for a talk with world-renowned physicist Dr. Chaim Presby regarding an array of topics ranging from his work with fiber-optics to his viewpoint on macroevolution and intelligent design. Dr. Presby is a senior lecturer for outreach programs associated with Gateways and has been a

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Chesed club hosts Gift of Life Marrow Registry to help cure blood cancer

Amid an unprecedented hiatus in its group activity, the Valley Torah Chesed Club has decided to end off this disaster-trotted year with as many community service projects as possible- and remarkable ones too. The National Foundation for Cancer Research reports that approximately one person is diagnosed with blood cancer every 3 minutes, just in the United States. In 2020 alone, an estimated

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Let there be light- or independence? – What happened in Texas and why?

People wait in line to fill propane tanks, in Houston. Image Credit: AP On February 16 and 17, 2021, millions of people living in the state of Texas were affected by aberrant, statewide power outages and were left stranded with no connection to electricity. Texans had no source of heat amid unbearably frigid temperatures. Many tragically died of carbon monoxide

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Transition authorized: Trump admin. cooperating with biden team

It has been nearly three weeks since election day 2020 and more than two weeks since the race was called by major media sites, but only today can president-elect Joe Biden officially begin the presidential transition process.  The General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent U.S. government agency that helps manage the functioning of most federal agencies in America. The transition of

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Our review of The Amy Coney Barrett S.C. confirmation hearings

The tragic passing of the distinguished Supreme Court Justice and vibrant women’s rights activist, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, left a void in our hearts, a deprived justice system, and an abandoned Supreme Court Justice seat. After RBG’s passing, President Trump made no hesitation in promptly pursuing a nominee to fill her vacant seat. This past week, members of Congress spent four

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REGISTER TO VOTE!- All the reg. deadlines you need to know..

**REGISTER TO VOTE!** The following information is provided by the Valley Torah High P.A.C. – (Political Advocacy Club) Dear reader and fellow constituent, One of the most important duties and privileges we have as citizens of such a vibrant democracy is the right to vote. The Valley Torah P.A.C. is committed to ensuring that our community has every opportunity to

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The key takeaways from the first presidential debate between current President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

The first presidential debate, riddled with interruptions and name-calling, covered a wide range of topics from the supreme court vacancy to the pandemic to racial injustice but did not produce coherent and constructive arguments from either side of the podium. The candidates offered more bile and tormenting comments than proposed policy changes for Washington. With Fox News anchor Chris Wallace

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