President Barack Obama addressed a Jewish group last Friday as part of Jewish American Heritage Month. Adas Israel, a Conservative congregation located in Northwest Washington, D.C. became the sanctuary for only the fourth presidential address in a synagogue in American history.
The President told the
There is a huge difference between taking off for Jewish holidays and living in a country where Jewish holidays are state holidays. Shavuot is an excellent example of this. Outside of Israel, you have to be a very committed Jew to take off from work for this holiday. Inevitably you have to face a co-worker who publicly tells you: “I’m Jewish and I’ve never heard
Intermarriage is shrinking the Jewish community. Every survey and sign over the past several decades has told the same story: we are shrinking through addition. Jews are intermarrying at huge rates for a simple yet devastating reason—they do not see Judaism as their all-encompassing way of life. Intermarriage is a symptom of religious
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remark about the dangers of a Palestinian state has sent advocates of Palestinian statehood into a rage so hysterical that you would think he had questioned somebody’s sacred religious beliefs.
On second thought, maybe he did. The Palestinian statehood crowd has
Which racial or religious “hate crimes” do you choose to identify? And which do you not? That is a question with which the US government and wider society seem to be struggling. In the process, they are revealing far more about their own worldview than they can possibly intend.
I recently had the upmost pleasure of spending a few days at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Miserable weather in New York made a tremendous effort to keep me from flying to California, but somehow I made it to beautiful Isla Vista, nestled between the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the
US House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a Joint Session of Congress on the question of Iran is a crude interference in Israeli election politics.
The speech, scheduled just two weeks before the Israeli elections, looks like payback for the