Editorial


Hey Mr. Mayor, Remember Your Promise

EDITORIAL: Bill de Blasio once slammed New York City for mishandling Freedom of Information Law requests. So why is the Forward getting stonewalled about circumcision regulations?Read More


What Will Help on Guns?

EDITORIAL: Since the Newtown rampage, it’s only gotten easier to buy guns in our country. Michael Bloomberg has part of the answer by putting millions to fight this outrage.Read More


A Teachable Moment of Violent Hate

EDITORIAL: What can we learn from tragedies like the rampage in suburban Kansas City? For one thing, we must keep our eyes on the real threats that we as Jews face.Read More


How You Would Spend Jewish Charity Billions

EDITORIAL: Do the spending priorities of American Jewish charities match those of the community? Judging by an informal poll of Forward readers, the answer is no.Read More


Taking Extreme Steps To Banish Hametz Misses Point of Pesach

By Jane Eisner

Some Jews go to extremes to banish real and virtual hametz during Passover. Jane Eisner suggests focusing instead on the simplicity of this extraordinary holiday of freedom.Read More


Don't Pardon Jonathan Pollard

EDITORIAL: Tying the Jonathan Pollard case to the sputtering Mideast peace talks isn’t going to help forge a deal. And pardoning the convicted spy is just plain wrong.Read More


The Right Plan To Save Jews?

EDITORIAL: Israel is developing a $300M-a-year initiative to strengthen identity among young Jews. It has asked for input from the Diaspora. Here are our questions.Read More


A New Relationship Between Israel and the Diaspora

EDITORIAL: Israel’s relationship with the Diaspora is shifting fast. But judging by how American Jews target donations, we haven’t caught up to the new reality.Read More


The 'Draft Dodgers' in Our Midst

EDITORIAL: Ultra-Orthodox protests against Israel’s draft have brought the issue to our doorstep. Why shouldn’t we stand against all those who undermine the Jewish state’s security?Read More


Janet Heiser, Gone Far Too Soon

By Jane Eisner

The Forward was lucky to have Janet Heiser, who solved problems, stood by her principles, and added a splash of humor when needed. We all mourn her loss, writes Jane Eisner.Read More





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