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Virtues of the Marathon Rabbi

By Gerald Zelizer

We treasure the young, fresh rabbi. But Gerald Zelizer, who has been with his congregation for 44 years, thinks it’s more valuable to have a rabbi who stays for a long time.Read More


I Believe in God — Kind Of

By Elissa Strauss

Both atheists and the religious right have grown more vocal about their positions on God. Elissa Strauss says she feels squeezed in the middle.Read More


A Giant Initiative To Save the Jewish People

By Misha Galperin

A controversial new initiative will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on strengthening Israel’s relationship with the Diaspora. Misha Galperin explains why this is so worthy.Read More


4 Lessons for Jews From the Overland Park Rampage

By Jay Michaelson

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


The Real Exodus of Passover — on JetBlue to Miami

By Mimi Minsky

Like our ancestors, Mimi Minsky has embarked on a little exodus of her own. Only this one involves JetBlue and screaming children, not matzo in the desert.Read More


Rejoicing at the Presence of the Wicked Son at the Seder Table

By Avi Shafran

How can a Seder be inclusive when we believe that one of the guests is ‘wicked’? Avi Shafran shows how even that child has a treasured spot at the table.Read More


The One Move That Might Save Mideast Peace Talks

By J.J. Goldberg

With the peace process all but dead, J.J. Goldberg explores the one move he thinks might breathe new life into the process — and maybe even get the Israelis on board.Read More


The Death of a Soviet Jewry Prophet

By Gal Beckerman

Yaakov Birnbaum, the father of the movement to save Soviet Jewry, has died. Gal Beckerman looks back at the man who imagined the emigration of millions.Read More


Why Abbas Was Right to Blink

By Jay Michaelson

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


France's Quickly Changing Face

By Robert Zaretsky

Recent municipal elections in France point to an increase in support for harsh anti-immigration policies. Robert Zaretsky sees in the ascendancy of these views a turn toward the worse.Read More





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