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Gil Troy

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Identity Zionism: Seeking Zionist and Jewish Renewal

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It’s the great Zionist anomaly of today: 74 years ago, in 1948, Israel was fragile, but the Zionist conversation was robust; today, Israel is robust — but the Zionist conversation has turned fragile. 

Gil Troy Interviews Dennis Prager on His New “Rational Haggadah”

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I am fascinated by your decision (with your Bible too), to use the word rational ... on one level, I get it, the message is that this tradition is reasonable and relevant — and in a world that is too dismissive of our ancient yet still timely teachings, I get it.

When Terror Strikes… Zionists Everywhere Can Strike Back Too

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Israel supporters living thousands of miles away may think they cannot help, but they can. Terrorism is a bloody mind game wherein psychological resilience helps quash the physical violence.

Supreme Court Vacancy: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Need Not Apply

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Viewing race or gender or any identity dimension too rigidly reflects a more worrisome trend of treating politics as a game of absolutes – be it from the Left or the Right.

The 1619-1776-1865-1940-1964 Project

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The public conversation about American history has been deadlocked for more than two years.

Rabbi Dick Hirsch: A Liberal and Zionist Hero

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One of the Jewish people’s great synthesizers has died at the age of 95. 

An Open Letter to the Jewish People About Birthright-Israel and Israel Education

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Throughout the social and political conflicts, Birthright-Israel has remained a delightfully counter-cultural and non-partisan organization.

Israel Apartheid: The Big Black-and-White Lie

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This new blood libel isn’t really about race and apartheid, it’s simply the slur-du-jour.

“I am a Zionist”: Our Herzlian Jew-Jitsu Moments Twenty Years Ago

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All over the Jewish world, people like me were standing up and going public, not just to defend our people — but to celebrate us.

In the Spirit of Debate: My Response to Pomerantz

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Pomerantz and I part ways in two critical junctures.

The Non-Negotiable Judaism My Parents Gave Me

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"The key question remains: what’s your Jewish motherboard, your non-negotiable, your red line, your identity anchor?"

“Fragilience”: When Temples are Desecrated — and Rededicated

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Although these incidents highlight our emotional vulnerability, they also demonstrate our two democracies’ resilience.

Cambria Gordon’s Book Reminds Us of Our Destiny

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While “The Poetry of Secrets” helps us understand oppression, it is never the downer it could be.

Beware the 1619-ing of American Jewry

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While the pain of the testimonials about racial discrimination is searing and demanding our attention, and while some of the essays were more hopeful about healing, many of these materials were not invitations to thoughtful discussion, but to a reprogramming.

Isabel Wilkerson’s New Book ‘Caste’ Clings to the Past

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Wilkerson sees her focus on caste as an X-ray, illuminating the invisible, unchanging dimensions of American life.

Let’s Protest Partisan Bullying, Too

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We must avoid the partisan bully’s orthodoxies and oversimplifications.

Every Jew, Not Just Israelis, Should Celebrate Jerusalem Day

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Recently, while jogging through Jerusalem’s clean, coronavirus-hushed Old City, I started dreading Yom Yerushalayim. Usually, I love Jerusalem Day. It’s as glorious as Yom...

Spiritual Engagement Dulls The Pain of Social Estrangement

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Although I’m a traditional person, I have never been much for praying. I usually attend services armed with a nonfiction book. Books make sense to...

Has The New York Times Lost Faith in America?

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Elie Wiesel always carried his U.S. passport. Justice Hugo Black kept a copy of the Constitution in his pocket. And at the 2016 Democratic...

How You Can Help Us Fight the Rockets

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I’m tired of making the same arguments. I’m tired of asking what country would endure 160 rockets in one day, let alone hundreds in...

The Rise of Anti-Semitism, and What to Do About It

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In 1986, Steven Spielberg and Don Bluth’s animated “An American Tail,” about Jewish immigrants (portrayed by mice), declared American anti-Semitism not just dead, but...

The Real Meaning of Yom Ha’atzmaut

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Last year, I was in Atlanta on a book tour shortly before Yom Ha’atzmaut — Israel Independence Day. I challenged the audience’s hearts and...

Vote Is a Fresh Start

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And the results are … confusing! Israel’s election day ended with no clear indication of who would be the country’s next prime minister and...
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Setting the Record Straight on Rabbi Lau

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You may recall that after the horrible synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh, a brouhaha erupted over an apparent insult to Conservative Jewry. People claimed that...

Embrace Ancient Wisdom, Not Modern Politics

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Let’s escalate the “Tikkun Olam and American Judaism” debate by elbowing tikkun olam aside and targeting American Judaism directly. The issue isn’t really tikkun...

Having a December Dilemma Is Better Than December Delusions

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Editor's note: This is an online exclusive piece. Pop quiz: What do “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Let It Snow,” “Silver Bells,” and...

Jews and Intermarriage: A Love-Fate Relationship

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It’s becoming the great unspoken yet perennial source of anguish haunting the Jewish world. It’s that nerve pressing on the blue-and-white or red-white-and-blue spine,...

The Trump Factor: Now What?

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Usually, I love Election Day. Watching people vote gives me a kick in the patriotic adrenals. But in this year’s Scrooge election, too many...

Will a Leader Soon ‘Corbyn’ the Democrats?

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Corbyn — verb: To turn a traditionally pro-Israel party into an anti-Semitic one while insisting you don’t hate Jews, you only hate Israel. If years...

Reform Judaism Doubles Down on Zionism

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In June, the Reform movement decided to resist the headlines announcing the growing, “unprecedented” rupture between American Jewry and Israel by doubling-down on “our...
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