Category Archives: Opinion

An Update: Running Reflections Part 2

It’s now Motzei Shabbos, March 19, 2022. Friday was Shushan Purim and Klal Yisroel suffered a terrible tragedy: the loss of Maran HaRav Chaim Kanievsky zt”l. This awful news strengthened my resolve to still attempt to achieve my next goal to be able to grow in my ruchnius in memory of the Godol Hador. Which goal? Friday happened to be the day that I had set for myself to

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We, Again, Are Left Heartbroken; May Their Memories Be A Blessing

From March 22 to April 7, 2022, fourteen innocent civilians were murdered. Twenty-eight parents will live the rest of their lives without ever hugging their child again. Fifteen children will grow up without their biological parent. Fifty-six grandparents won’t see their grandchild sitting at the dinner table on holiday nights again. Three wives and two husbands will never get to

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Conflict In Ukraine: Autocracy Tests The Limits of Democracy On The Global Stage

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine approaches the two-week mark, heartbreaking images of the devastation and suffering inflicted by the war reverberate around the world and compound the complexity of the global response to the Ukrainian crisis. In a modern era dominated by media access and technology, the world’s viewers have been given instant awareness and visions of war unlike

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Conveyed Through Political Cartoon

https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Depicting-Visual-Arguments%3A-An-ART-Approach-Groarke/5460f2e2cb424a0b2b39b5ded15a1f95373c07c7#citing-papers L. Groarke cites this figure in his essay on “Depicting Visual Arguments: An ART Approach”. This is a political image depicting the Israel Palestine conflict. This conflict is a long-lasting conflict starting over 50 years ago, with its roots starting even earlier. Ever since Israel has become its own country there has been a constant battle between Israel and

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Knotts Berry Farm Vs. Six Flags Magic Mountain: Where to Spend Your Summer Days

An amusement park is: “a commercially operated park having various devices for entertainment (such as a merry-go-round and roller coaster) and usual booths for the sale of food and drink” (Merriam Webster). According to Kids Konnect, the first amusement parks were created in Europe during the middle ages; these parks consisted of fairy and pleasure gardens where people attended for

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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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