Forward Forum

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Iran Exaggerations Now Clear for All To See

By J.J. Goldberg

A massive new leak says Benjamin Netanyahu brazenly hyped the danger of Iran’s nuclear program. J.J. Goldberg explains why the dramatic disclosure couldn’t come at a worse time for Bibi.Read More

Cheating Hasids Out of a Future

By Jay Michaelson

A lawsuit in Canada offers a blueprint to reforming the substandard education provided in Hasidic communities. It holds the government accountable for allowing the outrage.Read More

Learning To Embrace the Hybrid Jew

By Jay Michaelson

Other religions offer spiritual practices that Judaism lacks —  so why not adopt multiple traditions simultaneously? Jay Michaelson argues that being a hybrid Jew is an opportunity, not a problem.Read More

Speech-Gate Won't Dethrone Benjamin Netanyahu — But Bottle Deposits Might

By J.J. Goldberg

Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress hasn’t hurt him in the polls. But his wife’s habit of pocketing bottle deposit money just might be his undoing.Read More

Why Jewish Poverty Matters Now — More Than Ever Before

By Jack Ukeles

The collapse of Met Council and FEGS should wake us up to a disturbing reality: We do not have — and badly need — a strategy for combating Jewish poverty.Read More

How Could We Have Trusted Rabbi Barry Freundel?

By Jay Michaelson

Now that Rabbi Barry Freundel has pleaded guilty, we can begin some much-needed soul-searching. Jay Michaelson writes we should start with the powerful people who lionized him.Read More

It's Time for Black Jews To Lead

By Marjorie Dove Kent

The #BlackLivesMatter movement has laid bare the fact that no progressive Jewish organization has Jews of color in visible leadership. Marjorie Dove Kent explains why this must change.Read More

What's So Wrong About Cameron Diaz's Jewish Wedding?

By Elissa Strauss

When word spread about Cameron Diaz’s Jewish-inspired wedding, some celebrated. But others see a danger in celebrities cherry-picking our traditions.Read More

7 Axioms of the Copenhagen Terror Attacks

By Deborah Lipstadt

The Copenhagen terror attacks should not have surprised anyone. Deborah Lipstadt offers 7 axioms of the new reality — starting with the fact that it has a name: Muslim extremism.Read More

Start Birthright With Younger Teens

By Steven M. Cohen

If Birthright’s goal is to encourage Jewish young people to build a relationship with Israel, why start in college? Steven M. Cohen says younger teens might get even more out of the program.Read More

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