As is obvious from my byline, I am a man. I’ve never had an abortion or been involved with a woman who had one. But as a 16-year-old kid growing up in Chicago, I helped arrange and implement an illegal abortion in a country where no constitutional right to an abortion then existed. A Supreme Court decision expected any day may decide whether young people today may soon have a similar experience.
When Islamic State took the Syrian city of Palmyra last May, thousands died. Why did the destroyed historical artifacts — not the people — have such a hold on Larry Cohler-Esses’s emotions?
When people ask me where U.S.-Iran relations are headed following the initial implementation by both sides of the joint nuclear agreement, my thoughts turn not to big, world-moving possibilities but to something actually quite small: my purchase last July of a plane ticket from Tehran to the provincial city of Shiraz.
Larry Cohler-Esses journeyed to Qom expecting to find mosques and universities steeped in Sharia law. He found a small but vibrant Jewish studies department that is almost unknown outside of the Islamic Republic.
Larry Cohler-Esses continues his historic report from inside Iran with a look at the country’s Jews. The community is allowed to practice its faith in the Islamic Republic — but must accept strict rules barring support for Israel.
FORWARD EXCLUSIVE: Larry Cohler-Esses traveled to Iran on the first journalism visa granted to a Jewish publication since 1979. What he found is a country on the brink of change — but the final outcome remains uncertain.
Shmuel Hollander was abruptly dumped as ombudsman at the Claims Conference. Was he let go because he authored a critical report about the massive fraud the Holocaust restitution agency?
Michael Oren’s new book includes an account of a pointed dispute with New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal. But did it really happen that way?
Radical lawyer Stanley Cohen is heading to prison for tax evasion. So how did he wind up leading a mission to free an American held captive by ISIS?
Harvard Hillel claims that a recent Forward article contained a lie about their activities. One editor tracks down the truth.