Saturday, March 6, 2021



UCLA Student Gov’t Passes Resolution Accusing Israel of “Ethnic Cleansing”

The UCLA student government passed a resolution on March 3 alleging that the Israeli government is committing “ethnic cleansing” against the Palestinians. The Journal obtained...

How Jewish Students Are Combatting Anti-Semitism on Campus: A Panel

Five students shared their experiences with on-campus anti-Semitism during a March 2 panel.

Secretary of State Blinken “Enthusiastically Embraces” IHRA

Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote in a February 23 letter to American Zionist Movement President Richard D. Heideman that the Biden administration “enthusiastically...

Have We Lost All Shame?

When you bully those you disagree with into silence, the only voices you will hear are your own in a narcissistic echo chamber.

There’s Something About Mary

Every story that Mary tells would merit its own column and lecture.

Newsom Likely to Face Recall — But Removal Is a Much Higher Bar

Newsom’s own behavior suggests that he is preparing a campaign to defeat the recall.

What Are We Afraid Of?

If our fear of death has gone way down and our appreciation of life has gone way up, maybe we’ll be better equipped to conquer our other fears.

Pandemic Purim Brings Home the Value of Humility

Purim serves as a cautionary tale against the simplified narrative of one-dimensional victories.

Tiger Woods, A Car Crash and Our Pandemic Year

I saw in the accident a symbol of the horrific pandemic that has upended our lives in countless ways.


Insulating in a bubble of nostalgia is as unhealthy as stuffing ourselves with hamantaschen.

Even With Strict Compliance, the Iran Deal Allows a Path to Nuclear Weapons

When the stakes are so high, permanence is everything.

Iran Negotiations: America’s Inherent Disadvantage

The United States cares about Iran — but not as much as Iran or Israel do.

Big Tech Can’t “Augment” Our Reality, But We Can

When there’s too much technology between us and reality, reality itself speeds up and gets distorted.

Adam Grant and The Case for Nuance in Jewish Education

Beit Hillel understood that “the purpose of learning isn’t to affirm our beliefs; it’s to evolve our beliefs.”

Texas Nightmare Reminds Us That Electricity is the Oxygen of Civilization

The horrible images coming out of Texas this week, with millions of people losing electricity amidst freezing temperatures, is an excruciating example of the power of electricity in dictating our lives.

Jewish Voices in Black History

If we do not know history, we are vulnerable to fractionalization and attempts to divide us.

The Scientific Controversies Around COVID-19

Pandemics are nothing new, and the consequences for learning on the fly are significant.

Federal Appeals Court Sends Arkansas Anti-BDS Law to Lower Court

A United States federal appeals court sent Arkansas’ anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) law back to a lower court on February 12. The case in...

Biden Not Calling Bibi: Big Mistake

Israel should not be sitting by a telephone awaiting the first call from President Joe Biden.

Being Grateful for Problems

It’s a well-known and powerful idea to express gratitude for life’s blessings.

Meltdown at The New York Times Over N-Word

In a cancel culture run amok, one of the biggest fears in America today is the fear of saying the wrong thing.

Life Interrupted: Pandemic Life Parallels Jewish Mourning

During the earliest weeks of lockdown, I felt as though everyone I knew was sitting shiva together.

Not “Music” to My Ears

The abled gaze is reductive and ends up flattening and simplifying Autistic stories for the sake of feel-good endings.

Pitting Jews Against One Another Is Never the Answer

If you want to fight anti-Semitism, fight anti-Semites.

Netanyahu and Trump: Leaders on Trial

The leader is the same leader — but with preconceived support or opposition rule.

On Listening to Our Inner Voice and Finding True Rest

By giving us true rest and a place for quiet contemplation, the sanctity of Shabbat can help us find that inner voice.

A Vaccine Miracle Rises from the Ashes of Salonica

A son of Holocaust survivors has helped provide the vaccine that will save countless lives.

Anatomy of a Growing Recall: The People vs. The Governor of California

In California, it’s tricky to predict earthquakes, but it appears a big one is coming, and it’s threatening to topple Governor Gavin Newsom’s political career.

McCarthy Won’t Remove Greene from Committee Assignments

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) issued a statement on February 3 stating that although he condemns Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) past social...

Why “Valley of Tears” Brought Me to Tears

I didn’t know much about “Valley of Tears,” a new show from Israel that came highly recommended. I like surprises, so I dove right in.

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