Leonard Fein

From Gaza to Sderot, Trauma Marks The Past — And The Present

Constant war and fear has scarred people on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his last column written hours before his death this week, Leonard Fein calls for compassion.

Militants: The fighters of ISIS stand against the universalism represented in the Jonah story.

ISIS Aimed at Ideals When They Destroyed Jonah's Tomb

ISIS, the militant Muslim group now overrunning Iraq, recently destroyed the tomb of Jonah, the biblical prophet. Leonard Fein finds this a strikingly sad — and profoundly symbolic.

Dani Danon Is Such a Threat to Israel Even Bibi Fired Him

Credit where credit is due: A year ago, I wrote about Israel’s Deputy Minister of Defense, Dani Danon, that he is Israel’s “enemy within,” perhaps the most dangerous current threat to Israel and a star of Likud, the linchpin of the governing coalition

Invisible: A Palestinian man holds his daughters, Shada and Lama al-Ejla, who were injured in an Israeli tank attack, as he leaves al-Shifa hospital on July 18, 2014 in Gaza City.

When We Stop To Really See Each Other

The crisis between Israelis and Palestinians is also the result of dehumanization, writes Leonard Fein. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to stop seeing each other.

Jewish Power: Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellin.

Are Jews Now Safe and Free From Being Haunted?

Leonard Fein wonders if the manifest decline in anti-Semitism is tied in some way to the uptick in attention to the Holocaust?

Good Faith: According to Israeli sources, Mohammed Abbas has made real concessions in the peace process.

Which Side Has No One To Talk To?

The regular refrain by the Israelis that they don’t have a partner in the Palestinians might be the very opposite of the truth, Leonard Fein writes.

Sheep’s Clothing?: Dani Dayan is the past head of Yesha, the council that represents the settlement movement.

The Deceptive Style of Settlement Leader Dani Dayan

Settlement leader Dani Dayan has a deceptively palatable style — but his vision hides dark implications for Israel and the Palestinians, writes Leonard Fein.

Rejected: J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami represents an organization that speaks for an increasing number of young Americans.

Those Who Reject J Street Are Blind

The Jewish establishment has decided to keep its blinders on by rejecting J Street’s effort to join the Presidents Conference, writes Leonard Fein.

Running on Empty: Naftali Bennett is a man with much ambition.

The Dangerous Man Who Dreams of Leading Israel

Do we really know Naftali Bennett, the man who wants to be Israel’s prime minister? Leonard Fein thinks we don’t understand just how dangerous his views are.

Praying Alone

The new phenomena of Shabbat services that stream online would seem to be a good thing, but Leonard Fein examines the negative side when we each pray in our homes alone.