Jay Michaelson


4 Lessons for Jews From the Overland Park Rampage

By Jay Michaelson

4 Lessons for Jews From the Overland Park Rampage
The rampage in Overland Park is a wake-up call for Jews, Jay Michaelson writes. The same dark minds that hate blacks and immigrants also despise us — and will eventually turn to violence.Read More


Lars Von Trier's 'Nymph()maniac' Is Uncomfortable But Thought-Provoking

By Jay Michaelson

Lars Von Trier's 'Nymph()maniac' Is Uncomfortable But Thought-Provoking
Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymph()maniac’ is truly painful to watch. But Jay Michaelson says a film that makes one think this much is worth watching.Read More


Why Abbas Was Right to Blink

By Jay Michaelson

Why Abbas Was Right to Blink
The peace process has all but fallen apart and blame is centering on Mahmoud Abbas. But, Jay Michaelson asks, could anything more have come from talking?Read More


The Year of Magical Thinking

By Jay Michaelson

The Year of Magical Thinking
From reactions to ‘Noah’ to the Haredi belief that praying protects the Jewish state, we’re living in a time of magical thinking. What happened to facts, asks Jay Michaelson.Read More


All The 2014 Haggadah Info You'll Ever Need

By Jay Michaelson

All The 2014 Haggadah Info You'll Ever Need
Still unmoved by the ‘New American Haggadah’? Jay Michaelson reviews a slew of new Haggadot — and finds himself yearning for something a little more old-school.Read More






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