Pandemic Holidays Leave Jews Longing for Community

With Purim, we complete a full cycle of festivals that has shown that while much has changed in Jewish life, in some respects, it’s been business as usual.

A Gag About Israel and Vaccines is MORE than a Bad Joke

Pop culture may have more influence over young viewers than news shows. That makes a so-called comedic endorsement of an anti-Semitic blood libel a serious problem.

Hollywood Blacklist is Back–and Jewish Libs are Cool with it

Seventy years after leftists were purged for their politics, the practice is revived.

The Jewish Debate Concerning Rush

He popularized conservatism with wicked and sometimes abusive humor. Is abhorrence of his worst comments more important than support for Israel? Or is this really about partisanship?

The Issue is Biden NOT Wanting to Help Bibi, not a Phone Call

Though the call finally came, what was the message? American presidents have tried and failed to influence elections in attempts to derail Netanyahu. If that’s what the president is considering, he should think again.

Can Faith Help us Stop Hating our Neighbors?

A columnist’s contempt for Trump voters who plowed her driveway without being asked reminds us that our Founding Founders believed in a cure for what Jews call “baseless hatred.”

Don’t Stop JNF from Doing its Job

A controversy about the West Bank is exposing the legacy Zionist institution to attacks from the left and the Biden administration. It should stand its ground

What is it that Jews Actually Value?

Steven Spielberg won the Genesis Prize’s Internet poll. That he defeated a beloved scholar and leader speaks volumes about what’s wrong with contemporary Jewry.

Don’t Think a ‘Reality Czar’ Would Spare Israel and the Jews.

The latest illiberal proposals for curbing speech in the name of fighting hate or untruths are being cheered by some liberals. But among their targets could be Zionists and Israel’s leaders

Are all Criticisms of White House Staffers the Same?

Is pointing out a Biden appointee’s record of support for an anti-Semitic BDS movement really as bad as singling out a Jewish official because her family supports Israel?

Reform’s Dangerous Mixed Message on Defining anti-Semitism

The movement is signaling its discomfort with standing up against left-wing anti-Semites and its commitment to prioritizing partisan politics over communal safety.

When the Rule of Law Breaks Down, No One is Safe

The assault on the Capitol was shocking and disgraceful. It’s also a reminder that everyone’s rights, including minority groups, depends on the preservation of order and respect for democracy.

A Referendum on Trump Rather than Referendum on a Radical

The Georgia Senate runoff hinges on the tribal culture war about the president, rather than on whether an effort to legitimize an intersectional radical like Raphael Warnock could succeed.

Blood Libel 2021: The Covid Vaccine Slander Against Israel

The myth that the Palestinians were denied the vaccine demonstrates the persistence of anti-Semitism and ignorance about who governs Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza.

Zoom Can’t be the Formula for a Post-Pandemic Jewish Future

With the vaccine bringing hope for a possible return to normalcy, synagogues and groups must use what they’ve learned during the crisis while recognizing that real communities aren’t virtual.

Can Bipartisan Consensus on Israel be Revived?

The Biden administration has the chance to end the division between the parties about support for the Jewish state. It remains to be seen whether that’s what they want to do.

What’s Wrong with a Program Promoting IN-marriage?

A new study shows that the Birthright Israel program is having a positive impact on participants’ decision to marry a Jewish partner. That has angered interfaith outreach advocates.

In Praise of Diplomatic Quid Pro Quos

Trump’s critics blasted the Morocco-Israel normalization agreement as merely a transaction, rather than peace. They forget that deals based on mutual interests are the only kind that last.

How do YOU Define an Ally of the Jews?

Georgia Senate candidate Raphael Warnock has said terrible things about Israel, yet some Jews stand behind him. Is this dispute about friendship or partisanship?

Will Biden Read the Memo on Iran he was Sent?

The assassination of Tehran’s top nuclear scientist is a reminder not so much of Israeli and Arab rejection of appeasement as it is of the deadly nature of the Iranian threat

A Jewish Leader

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wasn’t just a scholar, philosopher and teacher. His attempts to bridge the contradictions in Jewish life provided a model that should be emulated.

Kristallnacht Remains Relevant 82 Years Later

How do we avoid mistaking the current wave of anti-Semitism for that of the Nazi past without slipping into complacence?

The Jewish Vote Mattered More than Expected in 2020

Trump’s better-than-expected showing, despite many Jews thinking he’s a hatemonger, speaks volumes about the chasm between the warring tribes. A Trump-Pence sign in Pasco County, Fla. Credit: Daniel Oines via Wikimedia Commons.

Will Trump’s Pro-Israel Moves Stand?

To the dismay of its opponents, the administration has transformed U.S. policy on Jerusalem and settlements. Will they all be reversed by a Biden administration?

Is there a Way Back from a Broken Political Culture?

While a return to “normalcy” isn’t possible, it’s imperative that we stop cutting off friends and relatives who vote for a different candidate.

Two Different Jewish Tribes Choose Different Candidates

It’s no surprise that Israelis want Trump while American Jews back Biden. The split isn’t so much about Middle East policy as it is about the nature of the two societies

Dumbing down the ‘Jewish Nobel Prize’

The Genesis Prize’s embrace of celebrity culture with its foolish popularity contest illustrates why so many young people are turned off by the Jewish world.

Thinking of Moving Abroad if your Candidate Loses?

The mass hysteria and fear-mongering that are part of a contest that is more tribal culture war than an election is getting out of hand.

Why are Cuomo and de Blasio Singling out Orthodox Jews as COVID Scofflaws?

There are good reasons to worry about a spike in infections in haredi enclaves, but the double standards used to justify new lockdowns undermine faith in government.

The Intifada Changed Everything. Will the Next Administration Care?

Two decades later, Arafat’s decision to answer a peace offer with war exploded hopes for peace. Yet the foreign-policy establishment still hasn’t understood what happened.

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