Can a Disaster Breed Jewish Unity or Widen the Communal Breach?

Solidarity with the victims of the Mount Meron tragedy is a sign of hope. Still, the impulse to turn it into a political issue and cast blame on the ultra-Orthodox may prove more powerful.

NY Courts Prove Woke Politics Endangers Jews

A “bail reform” law led to the release of violent criminals who struck again and now to that of a man who vandalized synagogues. And still, the ADL and Jewish left are silent.

Note to Jewish Groups: Work for Justice, NOT Toxic Race Theories

Americans were relieved by the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. Still, the JCPA and ADL shouldn’t join with partisans and radicals to exploit it to push a racialist agenda that hurts Jews.

Who’s REALLY for ‘Replacement Theory?’ White Supremacists or Liberals?

The ADL wants Tucker Carlson fired for racism. Carlson says his views on immigration are the same as Israel’s. Why both assertions are wrong.

Why are Jews and Poles Still Arguing about the Holocaust?

A misleading article about historians and Polish complicity has exacerbated a controversy that distracts us from the need to fight contemporary anti-Semitism rather than relitigate old battles.

How Many American Jews are There? Does it Really Matter?

A new population study claims that there are 7.6 million Jews in the United States. But is it including people like the vice president’s stepdaughter who say they aren’t Jewish?

Does the Haggadah Teach the Meaning of Life?

A new guide to the book we read at Passover seders offers some food for thought about why there’s more to the holiday than a ritual meal.

Israeli Democracy is Still not in Danger

Netanyahu’s critics are again predicting the demise of democratic rule should he and a right-wing/religious-party coalition emerge from the next election. They’re still wrong.

Can Left and Right Unite to Topple Terminal PM?

With two weeks before Israel goes to the voting booth yet again, Benjamin Netanyahu remains the favorite. But will antipathy among his diverse list of foes be enough to finish him?

Why do Jewish Groups no Longer Care about ‘Kids in Cages’?

Liberals advocate for immigration policies that are creating a humanitarian disaster, yet show their partisanship by not protesting measures they denounced when Trump was in office.

Religious Pluralism won’t be Achieved in the Courts

An Israeli Supreme Court ruling recognizing non-Orthodox conversions is more symbolism than substance. The fight to curb the power of the rabbinate must be resolved at the ballot box.

Who’s Legitimizing the Vaccine Blood Libel?

Journalists, leftist Jewish groups and politicians like Bernie Sanders are lending weight to the toxic lie that Israel is denying the COVID vaccine to Palestinians.

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.


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