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A Tikkun for Tikkun Olam? How ‘To Heal the World?’ Corrupts Debate & Endangers...

Jonathan Neumann issued a fierce battle cry against liberal Judaism last summer, inspiring no fewer than three articles in the Jewish Journal and a...

It’s not the bomb threats, stupid!

Phone calls are an exceedingly cheap form of harassment, which makes them highly likely to be hoaxes. Because likelihood is not certainty, such calls...

No Esther in sight

The role of Achashverosh, the vain king who prefers to drink from goblets of gold, who is ready to turn over a nation to...

‘A new king arose’: Inaugurating an era of fools and Pharaohs

I. We have three Pharaohs in our Torah. The first Pharaoh, less memorable, receives Abraham and Sarah and then sends them away.

Trump vs. T’shuvah: Contrition and the American soul

As we head into Yom Kippur during one of the most dismal elections of our era, there are a few questions this election has led me to ponder.

Dennis Prager has a point

What Dennis Prager says in his most recent column is right – liberal Jews, rabbis and laypeople, responded to his piece about the Torah status of transgender Jews with a lot of passion and rhetoric, but without answering his claim.

The prayers of the refugees should be our prayers

As we read in last Shabbat\'s Torah portion, Jacob left Canaan for Paddan-Aram, not knowing whether he would return, asking for divine help.

Umm al-Hiran, racism and the confounding of Zionism

The Israeli government is set to destroy Umm al-Hiran, a Bedouin village in the Negev, to build a Jewish town in its place, which will be called Hiran.

Climate change is a Jewish issue

As we approached Rosh Hashanah last week, we read the double Torah portion called Nitzavim-Vayelekh, which includes the verse, \"Life and death I set before you, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, in order that you and your seed will live!\" (Deut. 30:19)

Immunity and Impunity: Fear and Loathing in Gaza

“The terrorists are firing rockets from schools, from mosques, from hospitals, from heavily civilian populations. We have to try and are doing our best to minimize civilian casualties. But we cannot give our attackers immunity or impunity.”

How to begin after Prawer-Begin

Now that the Prawer-Begin Plan is dead, it’s time to look at how we got here. Why are there so many unrecognized Bedouin villages? Did they spring up not only carelessly but nefariously, as many supporters of the Prawer-Begin Plan maintained?