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Clothes Help Make Us — From the Fig Leaf to Ralph Lauren

By Elissa Strauss

Clothing shapes our identity in ways that can be hard to express, writes Elissa Strauss. Still, even a glance at Jewish history makes clear the importance of what we wear.Read More


Bibi Tries and Fails To Bypass the Palestinians

By J.J. Goldberg

Benjamin Netanyahu has been talking about a new coalition with Arab states. But J.J. Goldberg reminds us that there’s an issue closer to home that’s not going away: the Palestinians.Read More


A French Jew Gazes Longingly Back at Vichy

By Robert Zaretsky

A new French best-seller puts the puppet Vichy regime on a shameful pedestal. Robert Zaretsky unpacks the historic distortion, written by a Jewish author.Read More


Confronting Campus Scourge of Anti-Israel Venom

By Judea Pearl

Judea Pearl thinks we need to be vigilant about anti-Israel bias in academia. Naming those who support BDS is no ‘blacklist’ — it’s warning of hatred and anti-Semitism.Read More


Why Fasting Is Good for Body and Soul

By Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum tells us why fasting brings us closer to God.Read More


Why Benjamin Netanyahu's Dream of Building Arab Alliances Doomed to Fail

By Yossi Alpher

Benjamin Netanyahu has been speaking lately about working with Arab states. Yossi Alpher writes Israel has tried the tactic before — and failed.Read More


Why Benjamin Netanyahu Is Wrong To Cite ‘American Values’ in Jerusalem Feud

By J.J. Goldberg

Benjamin Netanyahu suggests ‘American values’ back settlements in East Jerusalem. That assumes the divided city belongs just to Israel — which the world denies, J.J. Goldberg writes.Read More


How Gil Steinlauf Chose 'Personal Torah' Over One True One

By Avi Shafran

Gil Steinlauf says he has struggled with his sexual identity for 20 years. Avi Shafran says a respected rabbi should keep fighting to live a life consistent with the Torah.Read More


A Kippah on the Head of Israel’s Intelligence Chief

By J.J. Goldberg

For the first time, all of Israel’s top intelligence chiefs will soon be observant Jews. J.J. Goldberg explains why Benjamin Netanyahu is packing top intel positions with Orthodox brass.Read More


Why Rabbi Gil Steinlauf's Coming Out Is Watershed Moment for Jews

By Menachem Creditor

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf told his synagogue he is gay in an eloquent open letter. Menachem Creditor writes that the reaction of the shul’s lay leaders is even more momentous.Read More


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