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.
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.
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.
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.
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.