On the last Sunday before the presidential election, Donald Trump swooped into the Minneapolis airport for a typically inflammatory rally. At a transit hub with hundreds of Somali employees, in a city with about 25,000 Somali residents, the Republican candidate fed his audience fear, rage and resentment. “Everybody’s reading about the disaster taking place in Minnesota,” he declared. Then he added ominously: “You don’t even know who is coming in. You have no idea. You’ll find out. You’ll find out.”
When needs must, the Talmud says, a civil war may be necessary. Samuel G. Freedman calls for a Hanukkah-inspired war of resistance.
Samuel Freedman thought his friendship with an evangelical was a hopeful sign of Jewish-Christian rapprochement. Then came the evangelical landslide for Trump.
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.