November 21, 2018

Opinion

The evening that Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won Eurovision 2018, my son and I began to watch the biopic “Pelé: Birth of a Legend,”
Ever since I bought my dog his own electronic device, I can’t get him to put it down and play with me, even when I’m holding out a treat.
What do the riots at the Gaza border have to do with the Jewish festival of Shavuot? What does the dramatic and historic move of the...
On Monday, the Trump administration officially opened the US embassy in Jerusalem. It was a moment to cherish: an acknowledgment...
Netta Barzilai’s exhilarating song, with the memorable hook, “I’m not your toy, you stupid boy,” is an empowering anthem to all those...
Leaders of the American Jewish community have warned recently against four dangerous developments in Israel:
On a recent Friday evening, I walked up my street at a brisk pace. One of the great blessings in my life is Rabbi Yekusiel Kalmenson’s...
How does an Iranian-American Jew who was born in post-revolutionary Iran, granted refugee asylum in the United States at the age of 7,
In my previous column, I ended with the question: How do we defend our hearts when someone is not acting lovingly toward us?
When I was in my early 20s, I gently placed motherhood into the realm of: There is no question I want to do this, but later,
Only a confirmed hater of Palestinians — and a confirmed anti-Semite — could believe that they have the leadership they deserve.
With European powers either unable, or unwilling, to meet his demand to “fix” the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump on May 8...
Imagine that you are living 400 years after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D., and your parents are trying to convince you...
Last week, the Nation of Islam called the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) a “racist spy agency.” “Sisters” Tamika Mallory and...
Whenever I go on a tear about how much I love Israel, my Israeli best friend rolls his eyes and says, “You should live here.”
Much of the commentary on the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding has focused on the miraculous re-creation of the Jewish state...
I consider myself a Joel-ite, as do a few of my friends. Or is it Joel-ian? If the Joel cult grows, I suppose we’ll figure it out.
If you’re a Never Trumper, you probably don’t see many redeeming features in our brash and rude tweeter in chief.
In “Portman-gate,” this week’s scandal of sorts, acclaimed Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman has been variously praised as a hero...
“The American left is quite different from the Israeli left,” said American-born Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi during a talk last...
Most good people want to become better people. The slightly less good people just want other people to become better people.
When the Genesis Prize Foundation announced last November that the Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman would be the recipient of this...
Just when you think Passover 5778 was behind us, just when the haggadot have been shoved into the cabinet marked “Don’t Touch Till April,”
Natalie Portman must be a conflicted soul. In 2015, she told the Hollywood Reporter she was “very upset and disappointed” by the...
I used to make jokes about David Levy. I was a kid in Maryland when Levy (who, it was announced recently, will be awarded the prestigious...
A recent Claims Conference study that showed Americans’ knowledge of the Holocaust was unexpectedly low, particularly among millennials,
Last week, I was kicked out of a Jewish museum in Granada, Spain. I wish I were being funny or ironic, but this unfortunate...
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