Tom Canning, Director of Development at the Jerusalem Open House and one of the organizers of the Jerusalem Pride March, speaks to our own Jay Michaelson about what he saw last Thursday, and who he thinks is to blame for the stabbing at the march.
Some Iran deal opponents actually want a war. And some supporters are blind to the dangers of accommodating Tehran. Jay Michaelson explains why we should ignore both extremes — and accept the benefits of the nuclear agreement, despite its flaws.
In 2005, a Haredi man stabbed marchers at Jerusalem’s Pride Parade. Ten years later, he did it again. Jay Michaelson writes that it’s time ultra-Orthodox leaders owned up to their hateful words.
The University of California is considering defining anti-Semitism as ‘delegitimizing, demonizing, or applying a double standards’ to Israel. Jay Michaelson explains why the definition makes no sense and could harm the fight against real hate speech.
A new effort to counter BDS on campus will only reinforce a narrative of With Us or Against Us, driving away students who love Israel but have legitimate criticism, writes Jay Michaelson.
The Supreme Court’s Justice Anthony Kennedy issued a clarion call for equality in his decision upholding gay marriage. He’s not one of the three Jewish justices, but Jay Michaelson explains why his ruling offers such a profoundly Jewish lesson.
Some ask Americans to peer into their souls for answers after the Charleston racist massacre. Jay Michaelson says we should look at those who fan the flames of extremism and gun violence — starting with the Republican Party.
The administrators and institution builders are often the stars of the Jewish communal world. But Jay Michaelson writes it’s the soulful, quirky creative types who are the leaders we can’t live without.
The week’s institutional Jewish responses to the Supreme Court’s decision in the so-called Jerusalem passport case ranged from horrifying to opportunistic to delusional. Jay Michaelson sorts out one from the other.
Caitlyn Jenner’s public coming-out party is another sign that the American dream is fundamentally a celebration of humanism. Jay Michaelson warns observant Jews who reject this euphoric narrative that they do so at their peril.