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Don't Believe the Hype — Bibi Is Still in Driver's Seat

By Steven Klein

A wave of euphoria is spreading in Israeli liberal circles as polls show Benjamin Netanyahu trailing. But Steven Klein says solid support for the right wing bloc means Bibi still has a big edge.Read More


Voting Out Israel's 1%

By Michael Karpin

As Israelis head to the polls, liberals are anxious about the entrenched settler population whose existence this election will not change. But Michael Karpin has reason for optimism.Read More


Echoes of McCarthyism in Smear Campaign Against New Israel Fund Backers

By Deborah Lipstadt and David Ellenson

Pamela Geller and Ronn Torossian are channeling Joe McCarthy in their attacks on backers of the New Israel Fund. Deborah Lipstadt and David Ellenson ask: Have they no decency?Read More


Israel's Debates Creep (Back) Into Our Bloodstream

By J.J. Goldberg

Like it or not, the identity of American Jews is now tightly tied to Israel, J.J. Goldberg writes. That means we have a huge stake in its looming election — even if we don’t always agree.Read More


Jeb Bush's Lurch to the Right

By Jay Michaelson

Jeb Bush is seeking to placate evangelicals by naming an anti-gay hardliner to his policy team. Jay Michaelson explains why Jewish moderates should be very worried.Read More


Why Is Hillel Chief Eric Fingerhut Shunning J Street — and 1,000 Pro-Israel Students?

By Benjy Cannon

The head of Hillel has passed up the chance to address 1,000 Jewish students at J Street. Benjy Cannon asks: Isn’t reaching out to students his job — whether he agrees with them or not?Read More


A Letter to the Israeli Voter

By Jay Michaelson

Jay Michaelson has something to tell Israel as it gets ready to vote: Don’t let Benjamin Netanyahu turn the Jewish state into a pariah nation.Read More


Bibi Shows How Fear Makes Bad Policy

By Jay Michaelson

What Netanyahu demonstrated in his speech to Congress, Jay Michaelson writes, is an uncanny ability to mobilize fear to his purposes.Read More


If Jewish Seminaries Are Empty, Let's Merge Them

By Andy Bachman

Rabbi Andy Bachman has a solution for the dwindling number of non-Orthodox rabbinical students: Combine existing seminaries for different denominations into one school.Read More


Why I Will Not Simply Accept Intermarriage

By Jeremy Kalmanofsky

The Conservative movement is slowly coming around to accepting intermarriage. Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky explains why rabbis must resist the trend for the future of the Jewish people.Read More


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