Forward Forum


Do British Jews Have Better Approach to Strife Over Israel?

By Keith Kahn-Harris

Both American and British Jews have experienced strife over the war in Gaza. Keith Kahn-Harris thinks Americans can learn from Brits how to handle it better.Read More


Climate Change — A Hole Too Big To Ignore

By J.J. Goldberg

When it comes to climate change, we’ve all taken our eye off the ball, writes J.J. Goldberg. But the news from this summer should alarm us all over again.Read More


As Gaza Recedes in the Rear View Mirror

By Jay Michaelson

Americans have a habit of losing interest once the guns stop firing —but Jay Michaelson thinks we’re missing an opportunity to turn the aftermath of the Gaza war into a prelude for peace.Read More


Walking Amid the Rubble of Gaza

By Kathleen Peratis

Kathleen Peratis made her first visit to Gaza after the war, and what she found there, she writes, were scenes straight out of a Hieronymus Bosch painting.Read More


Taking the Banality Out of Evil

By Gal Beckerman

A new book about Adolf Eichmann has undermined Hannah Arendt’s theory about how banal his evil really was. Gal Beckerman speaks with author Bettina Stangneth.Read More


Modesty Is the New Black

By Elissa Strauss

From the perennially chic Barneys New York, to chains like Zara, this season’s racks are filled with billowy dresses and oversized jackets. The styles are almost — dare we say it — modest?Read More


Sexual Assault and Double Standards

By Elissa Strauss

If 20% of Jewish college students experienced an anti-Semitic assault, we’d be up in arms. Yet that’s the figure for women and sexual assault — and we just accept it.Read More


Take Back Tzniut

By Danya Ruttenberg

With kids going back to school, a set of questions about dress codes — particularly for girls — will once again be discussed. But do these conversations miss the point?Read More


Summer's Missing Question: What Is Zionism?

By J.J. Goldberg

Lost amid all the talk about whether the Gaza war spelled the end of liberal Zionism is a more basic question: What is Zionism? J.J. Goldberg examines this deeper crisis.Read More


What Judaism Can Learn From Burning Man

By Jay Michaelson

The recent nude photos scandal reminds Jay Michaelson that too often Judaism is hobbled by its own celebrity culture. He has a different model in mind: Burning Man.Read More


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