Last year on Rosh Hashanah, Bernie Sanders spoke at Jerry Fallwell’s Liberty University—and it was the most important speech on religion and politics that any candidate has given this election cycle, argues Samuel G. Freedman.
It’s tempting to think of Donald Trump as an anomaly. But he’s the result of a decades-long effort to flip the Jewish vote, Samuel Freedman writes.
Will Bernie Sanders succumb to the seductions of his own following — at the expense of his legacy? Bernard Epton, who once ran for mayor of Chicago, should serve as a warning to him, Samuel Freedman writes.
Like the National Rifle Association, AIPAC was once a bipartisan lobby for credible positions — but it’s becoming fiercely partisan and toxic to anyone not in its extremist camp, Sam Freedman writes.
Forty-one years ago, Samuel G. Freedman was sitting shiva for his mother when a surprising visitor came to call. But it was only much later that he learned what that shiva call meant and why it mattered.
When Samuel Freedman recalls his childhood, it seems perfectly normal that two of his buddies were Catholic. He explains how Vatican II made that possible — and laid the foundation for the warm welcome Jews are giving Pope Francis.
The tragedy of Rachel Dolezal is that she devoted so much effort to creating her fictional black identity — instead of simply being herself and working with the community she claimed to feel so much empathy for, Samuel G. Freedman writes.
After Baltimore, almost everyone has a view on police and racism. As Samuel G. Freedman has learned, there are plenty of advantages to being white even when other circumstances might count against you.
The tension flaring between Israel and the United States is not new. Samuel G. Freedman writes the source is also the same: Two very different views of the Holocaust.
The Princeton student who sparked the ‘check your privilege’ debate reminds Samuel G. Freedman of a Jewish archetype: the strong man who also feels like a weakling.