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Who's to Blame for Temple Mount Violence?

By J.J. Goldberg

Benjamin Netanyahu blames Mahmoud Abbas for spiralling Temple Mount violence. But Israeli security insiders say Jewish extremists pose just as potent a threat, J.J. Goldberg writes.Read More


Why Do We Keep Dissing Chabad's Spirituality?

By Jay Michaelson

Why are we still ignoring spiritual practice as a means to engage young Jews? Chabad houses are doing something right — and we should learn from them, Jay Michaelson writes.Read More


Rabbis on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

By Jay Michaelson

With scandals mushrooming, Jay Michaelson wonders if Rabbi Barry Freundel was such an exception. He asks: Are we stressing out our rabbis to the breaking point?Read More


The Shrinking Jewish Middle

By Steven M. Cohen and Jack Wertheimer

Newly emerging evidence from the Pew survey of American Jewry points to huge challenges facing federations, Jewish philanthropy and organized Jewish life.Read More


More Dire Signs of Liberal Jewry's Demise

By J.J. Goldberg

As the number of non-Orthodox day school kids plummets, Haredi enrollment explodes. J.J. Goldberg sees this as another dire sign for the future of liberal Jewry.Read More


Two Jewish Berlins, Divided by the Wall

By Liliane Weissberg

With the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, the city’s two Jewish communities, invisible to one another for so long, suddenly came face-to-face.Read More


Building Jewish Life on the Rubble of the Berlin Wall

By Michael Brenner

25 years ago, the fall of the Berlin Wall offered a new lease on life for German Jewry. But it’s a very different community than anyone imagined, Michael Brenner writes.Read More


Switzerland Begins To Confront Its Own Holocaust Past

By David E. Gumpert

What will it take for Switzerland to emerge, at long last, from the shadows of the Holocaust? Two disputes over Nazi-looted art may hold the key.Read More


Should You Give Jewishly?

By Elissa Strauss

There are plenty of variables to weigh when deciding how to support charities. Elissa Strauss writes that it’s even more complicated if one chooses to give Jewishly.Read More


A Double Standard That Works in Israel’s Favor

By J.J. Goldberg

Why is Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem different from the U.S. taking Hawaii? J.J. Goldberg counts the ways — and explains why the world has done so little about it.Read More


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