The Jewish left, the United Nations, and the international news media have been telling us for years that illegal settlers in the “occupied territories” are the main obstacles to Middle East peace. So they all should have been rejoicing at this week’s news that a
As far back as my earliest memories, I can remember spending summer vacations not at the beach or the mountains. My parents’ hobby in the 1950s, 60s and 70s was study of the Civil War. Our postcards to friends and family came from places named Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Shiloh,
Non-Orthodox Jews are angry about the Israeli government’s decision to go back on its word about a new egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet have much to answer for a move that highly damages Jewish unity and undermines support for
Noted literary couple Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have discovered a new cause: the evils of “the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians.”
Having become experts on the subject after one brief visit to a few sites in the region, Chabon and Waldman have now edited an anthology of essays
Unaffordable yeshiva tuition often seems like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but no one does anything about it. Like so many challenges facing our community, we are content to blame the “system,” assuming there is someone both responsible for addressing the concern and equipped to do so. But, despite our kvetching, we rarely
Jewish progressives have a serious problem with anti-Semitism. They deny it where it’s obvious, and fight passionately against it where it doesn’t exist.
In 2017 alone, the Jewish left has embraced Keith Ellison, Linda Sarsour and Rasmeah Odeh. It has savaged President Trump, Steve Bannon
Among the many aspects of the Modern Orthodox community of which we should be proud, the Modern Orthodox school system is perhaps the finest. Modern Orthodox schools produce highly educated and refined youngsters who have excellent backgrounds in both limudei kodesh and chol. Modern Orthodox schools integrate the lessons of modern
Perhaps it was the lead-up to Purim. Perhaps it was the unprecedented and incredibly divisive Clinton-Trump presidential campaign. Perhaps it originates with the alt-right or, with equal possibility, the alt-left.
The ugly truth is that American Jewry is confronted with an array of
The events of recent weeks have revealed a surprising abundance of self-proclaimed experts on the causes of anti-Semitism.
A Jewish ex-New York Times reporter, writing on the op-ed page of the Washington Post on March 3, declared that “the growing examples of anti-Semitism”—the bomb
Fake news doesn’t distinguish between parties or victims. At the end of his term, former President Obama bemoaned the explosion of fake news and current President Trump has referenced the phrase often since entering office. This month,
The fear that President Donald Trump might fulfill his campaign promise to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has caused considerable angst for PA Chairman Mahmoud and Jordan’s King Abdullah, who met to discuss what steps can be taken to prevent the move. As expected, Abbas claimed this decision “is more than a
Arab response to the decision by US Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) to introduce The Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act, legislation to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, has been predictable.