Articles by Rabbi Yaakov Menken

From Mueller to Mob

Investigators, like prosecutors, use words like “innocent” exceedingly rarely. Concerning the investigation into alleged collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russians, absolute proof of innocence would require 24/7 transcripts of every activity and every conversation by every member of the Trump campaign or the Russian government. Or perhaps both. So what Special Counsel […]

The Party of Bias and Bigotry

Let’s review: one individual, Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), consistently minimizes terrorism while condemning efforts to combat it. Prior to coming to Congress, she wrote to a judge to request leniency for a man convicted on terrorism-related charges. She laughed in an interview when discussing how a professor’s reaction to mentions of al-Qaeda or Hezbollah differed […]

It’s Not a Celebration

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The Real Islamophobia

[fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_ rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” ] [fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_ rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” ] While attending a vigil for the shooting victims at two New Zealand mosques last Friday evening, a visibly pregnant Chelsea Clinton was accosted by a pair of left-wing “activists.” The two specifically blamed Clinton for the atrocity. This was […]

The Politicization of Anti-Semitism

In the October 24 issue of Mishpacha magazine, popular in the Orthodox Jewish community, columnist Jonathan Rosenblum interviewed Jonathan Neumann, author of the excellent book dismantling the false equivalence between Jewish values and liberal activism, “To Heal the World?” Rosenblum closed by asking “what, short of an outbreak of violent anti-Semitism, might recreate a feeling […]

President Trump Was Right the First Time

President Trump was roundly criticized over the weekend for failing to call out neo-nazis and the Ku Klux Klan by name in his first statement about Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville. Many members of his own party, including Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Orrin Hatch of Utah, indicated the president should have said more. Yet […]

Authoritarians Today Lob Lies from the Left

The reaction to Michael Anton’s elevation to the National Security Council confirms that he is a man of penetrating insight. Anton, of course, was for some time better known as “Publius Decius Mus,” writing at the Journal of American Greatness, the Claremont Review of Books, and, of course, American Greatness. In his famous piece, “The […]

The Arab Narrative vs. President Trump

While liberal governments across Europe and liberal citizens across the United States were reacting angrily to President Trump’s travel ban for immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority had a more urgent concern: António Guterres. Guterres, the newly installed secretary general of the United Nations, dared to acknowledge that […]

Why Trump Was the Fairness Candidate

This time, America not merely surprised but shocked the pundits. The polls were wrong, the projections were off, the media was biased, and Donald Trump’s hidden base came to vote. Now the same pundits are scratching their heads. Why were the president-elect’s supporters—many of whom were uncomfortable with his blustering and self-contradictory rhetoric, his statements about patriotic […]