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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


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





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