Samuel G. Freedman

Eye to Eye: Obama and Netanyahu embody two different narratives of the war.

Divergent Views of the Holocaust Form Root of Tension With Israel

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.

Fortunate Son: Tal Fortgang is the descendant of Holocaust survivors, but also a day school graduate from a rich suburb.

Checking Your Jewish Privilege

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.

Donald Sterling Rant Reveals Archetype of Small-Minded Jew Hasn't Quite Died

A shared history of enduring bigotry has helped Jews forge an unusually close bond with blacks. Donald Sterling’s shameful racism shows not all of us have learnt from the past.

'Breaking Bad's Jewish Lesson

For Sam Freedman, the emotional core of ‘Breaking Bad’ was Walter White’s sacrifice of his namesake son. That’s a lesson Jews who’ve read the story of Moloch would understand.

Cash Cow: Sheldon Adelson?s expensive and self-defeating meddling handed the vote to President Obama. On the morning after Election Day, schadenfreude is a Yiddish word.

Sheldon Adelson's Self-Defeating Meddling

Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson emphatically succeeded in his goal of affecting the presidential election. The only thing is, he succeeded in re-electing President Obama.

Penn State: A Modern-Day Akeda

We think that moral tests like the Biblical akeda don’t apply to us. Then we read about Penn State football coach Joe Paterno’s link to a abuse scandal, writes Samuel G. Freedman.

After Riots, Jews Stayed in Crown Heights

CROWN HEIGHTS: 20 YEARS LATER. Other urban riots led to mass flight of whites. Not so in Crown Heights, where Jews stayed and thrived after the violence.

Evoking a Community That Is the Sum of Its Shards

In the final pages of Orly Castel-Bloom’s novel “Human Parts,” a disabled and unemployed cab driver named Boaz Beit-Halahmi drives from his home in a Ramle slum to a medical clinic in Jerusalem. After months of ennui and privation, he has decided to seek a cure that might let him start supporting his household again. No sooner does he turn

Children of the Revolution

Great Neck By Jay Cantor Knopf, 703 pages, $27.95. ——-During my undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin in the mid-1970s, a rumor made the rounds about how the administration intended to restore calm to the turbulently radical campus: It was going to put an admissions quota on New York Jews. As far as I know, that plan was pure