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Sunday, January 24, 2021

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Jussie Smollett and the Virtue of Victimhood

The recent case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett allegedly faking a hate crime against himself is only the latest sign of an alarming trend...

In Praise of Denominations

One of the cool and fashionable expressions in modern Jewish life is to say you’re “post-denominational” — that is, you’re a Jew who doesn’t...

Let’s Embrace Ilhan Omar’s Call for a Difficult Conversation

The idea that anti-Semitism often hides behind Israel criticism is now well established. A prominent example is Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who had to apologize...

Why Can’t Some Jews Say Thank You?

You would think that a Jewish group would be happy to hear the leader of the free world stand up during his State of...

Loud on Israel, Silent on Humanitarian Disasters

A few weeks ago, I took to task civil rights lawyer and advocate Michelle Alexander for singling out the Israeli-Palestine conflict as the “grave...

What Does the Super Bowl Have to Do With Judaism?

The Super Bowl is the ultimate annual event. After all these years, it’s still the most watched show on television. This grand American tradition,...

Why Did the Media Botch Covington Lack of Diversity?

By now it is widely accepted that the mainstream media rushed to judgment and botched the Covington Catholic High School story. The real question...

Fighting Sneaky Anti-Semitism

Civil rights lawyer and advocate Michelle Alexander, writing last week in The New York Times, decided to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day by...

Anger and Euphoria: Two Sides of the Same Coin

In his regular column in the Detroit Free Press, the eminent author Mitch Albom wrote that his New Year’s resolution this year is to...

Five Things I Learned From Amos Oz

I didn’t know Amos Oz, the Israeli literary giant who died of cancer on Dec. 28 at age 79. I only met him once,...

My Person of the Year: Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad was 21 in the summer of 2014 when ISIS militants attacked her Yazidi village in northern Iraq, close to the border with...

A Shameful Jewish Silence at the U.N.

“Do not stand idly by” is a popular mantra of Jewish activists who fight injustice. Whether the injustice is genocide in Sudan or child...

What Happens When We Argue Without Labels

There was a point during the argument when the crowd seemed to clam up. The panelists were so passionate that it made everyone uncomfortable....

Is America a Racist Country?

There’s a powerful story in the Nov. 26 issue of Time magazine titled, “I Love America. That’s Why I Have to Tell the Truth...

Thankful for Life Beyond Politics

Why are we so obsessed with politics? I’ve heard several explanations. One is that politics has become one of the few things we all...

Shootings, Elections and Dust in the Wind

There are certain weeks in the news business when the pressure becomes almost unbearable. Last week was one of them. First, there was the continuing shock...

How Do I Put Myself in the Shoes of a Mass Murderer?

With the level of our national discourse reaching all-time lows, commentators with a bent for “bridge building” have been promoting the character trait of...

To Win in 2020, Democrats Must Avoid the Power Trap

After two years in the political wilderness, enraged at a president they despise and virtually powerless to do much about it, Democrats finally see...

How Good Is America for the Jews?

As I write this, I have no idea who won what in the midterms. But I do know that much of the commentary since...

On Bari Weiss, Franklin Foer and the Values that Sustain Our People

Are Jews who like President Trump’s policies on Israel making a deal with the devil? Last Friday on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” New York...

How Good is America for the Jews?

Most of the commentary since the synagogue tragedy in Pittsburgh has focused on a rise in anti-Semitism in America. Because everything seems to be...

Pittsburgh Should Unite Us, Not Divide Us

There may be many reasons to target President Donald Trump, but those who are blaming him for the horrific shooting at the Tree of...

The Devil’s Paradise in Pittsburgh

I got the chills when I heard about the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that left 11 Shabbat worshippers dead...

Why We’re So Spooked by the Bomb Threats

It’s not as if our country isn’t used to violence. We lose thousands every year to gun shootings alone. In an open society, some...

Note to the General Assembly: We Need to Listen

“We Need to Talk,” the theme of this year’s Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly in Tel Aviv, sounds like what people...

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: New-State or Pre-State Solution?

When it comes to the complicated Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there’s one simple fact that pretty much everyone agrees with: The attempts at a “two-state solution”...

The Kavanaugh Fiasco: Winning at all Cost

I was never this cynical. If anything, I like to believe people, even politicians. I’ve met some amazing politicians who work very hard and...

Why Are Israeli Voters So Stubborn?

Critics of Israel have trouble understanding why Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu remains the most popular politician in Israel. He is under constant threat...

The Sins God Can’t Forgive

If Harvey Weinstein went to synagogue on Yom Kippur hoping God would forgive him for his hideous sins against women, he’d be out of...

Speaking Truth to Power — Ours

For much of Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky’s talk last Shabbat afternoon on “Speaking Truth to Power,” I got really pumped up. The leader of Bnai...

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