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The Ukrainian Revolution’s Unlikely Street-Fighting Rabbi

By David E. Fishman

Natan Khazin led a Jewish squadron of fighters in the revolution that rocked Kiev’s central square. Meet the yarmulke-wearing IDF veteran and ordained rabbi.Read More

Peering Into the Minds of the Climate Doubters

By J.J. Goldberg

As the evidence about climate change becomes irrefutable, the denial of those who continue to doubt seems difficult to grasp. J.J. Goldberg explores their psychology.Read More

This Oped Will Not Tell You How Great We Are

By Ken Gordon

The public communication of most Jewish organizations is all about naked self-promotion, writes Ken Gordon. But what if those organizations changed from being boosters to educators?Read More

The Year of Magical Thinking

By Jay Michaelson

From reactions to ‘Noah’ to the Haredi belief that praying protects the Jewish state, we’re living in a time of magical thinking. What happened to facts, asks Jay Michaelson.Read More

Why Nate Silver Should Listen to Abraham Joshua Heschel

By Elissa Strauss

Nate Silver claims that data-driven journalism trumps everything. Elissa Strauss thinks Jewish tradition as explained by Abraham Joshua Heschel offers a pretty good rebuke.Read More

Donor Slams Federation for Divisive 'Political Attack Ad' Aimed at J Street

By Larry Gellman

Jewish charities should bind the community. That’s why one donor calls it shameful that the Philadelphia federation chose to sponsor a crude political attack film on J Street.Read More

5 Myths About Jonathan Pollard Case

By Jerome Chanes

Jonathan Pollard is in the news again. Whether the convicted spy is released or not, Jerome Chanes clears up commonly held myths about his case.Read More

Failing To Capture the Vibrancy of British Jewish Life

By Keith Kahn-Harris

The new survey of British Jewry shows polarization and decline. But Keith Kahn-Harris says it misses one very important factor: the increasing vitality of Jewish life in the UK.Read More

British Jews Go the Way of American Jews

By Liam Hoare

A recent study of British Jewry found many of the same trend lines that American Jews saw in the Pew survey. Liam Hoare examines where this community is headed.Read More

Hillel Balances Donors and Students on Campus

By Danielle Leshaw

Some say Hillel is too beholden to right-wing donors and students should vote with their feet. One campus director says the last thing the group needs is fewer engaged Jewish voices.Read More

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