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What Should I Tell My Toddler About Santa?

We’re going to the in-laws for Christmas and my son’s cousins believe in Santa. What, if anything, should I tell him about jolly old St. Nick?

Donald Trump’s 7 Meanest Dog Whistles, Ranked From Worst to Not Quite So Bad

“Dog whistle politics” has been a major part of this year’s election cycle. Like a trainer blowing a supersonic horn that only bigots can hear, Trump has used hashtags, internet memes, speeches and off-the-cuff rambling to curry favor with a wide range of fringe (and terrifyingly not-so-fringe) groups.


Burkini Wars Show What’s Wrong With the Religious Right — and Secular Left

Women are being squeezed from all sides, because men in power see their domination and sense of national identity slipping away, Jane Eisner writes.


If Israel’s Occupation Is Permanent, Why Isn’t It the Same as Apartheid?

With the release of a new poll, Jay Michaelson says we need to review what a one-state, Jewish-control solution really means.


Donald Trump Has a Plan To Keep Out Anti-Semites. Does It Make Any Sense?

Jewish groups worry that ideological tests could indulge stereotyping.


Donald Trump Hates Losers. Judaism Can’t Get Enough of Them.

Ishmael teases Isaac. Esau is favored over Jacob. Goliath looms large over David. But the bullied one always wins over the bully.

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