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.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews have become emboldened to ignore secular rules on planes and elsewhere. Jay Michaelson blames Haredi power in Israel and religious conservatism in the U.S. for a rising tide of fundamentalism that cannot easily be reversed.
The greatest irony of the Bible is that it stands for the opposite of irony — yet it is filled with it. Jay Michaelson examines a new study of Jews’ peculiar relationship with the holy book.
It’s no secret that Shavuot gets no respect. Jay Michaelson says that’s a shame because it is the most specifically Jewish of holidays, celebrating text, law and Torah.
Two prominent LGBT activists take dramatically opposing sides in the fierce debate over Israel and gay rights. Jay Michaelson unpacks the dispute — and comes down firmly on one side.
The news that Birthright Next is winding down has come as a surprise to many. But Jay Michaelson says the effort to engage alums of the free trips to Israel was doomed from the start — and he explains why.