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Why Raif Badawi Matters to the Jews

By Debbie Hall

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been sentenced to a barbaric punishment for insulting Islam, among other things. Why should Jews care and what can we do to stop it?Read More


The Eruv Dividing Church and State in the Hamptons

By Michael A. Helfand

A court has ruled on the eruv that has divided the Hamptons. Michael A. Helfand says the decision has implications that extend far beyond the playground of the rich and famous.Read More


Why Benjamin Netanyahu Is Right on Speech to Congress

By David Hazony

Benjamin Netanyahu is taking a beating over his planned speech to Congress. David Hazony says if all sides set politics aside, we might see why Bibi is right.Read More


How Ultra-Orthodoxy Is Most Feminist Faith

By Avi Shafran

Ultra-Orthodoxy is often criticized for its treatment of women. But Avi Shafran says it offers women more opportunities to work than men, who must study the Torah.Read More


Why Megachurch Concept of Sin Is So Dangerous

By Jay Michaelson

Last week, Jay Michelson argued that Jews had much to learn from megachurches. Now, he tells us what to avoid: the Evangelical concept of sin.Read More


When 'Let My People Go' Tugged at World's Heart

By J.J. Goldberg

When J.J. Goldberg first watched ‘Let My People Go,’ he recoiled in horror at the Nazi horrors. Why has the world moved on to other more universalist depictions of the Holocaust?Read More


Auschwitz and Unfulfilled Responsibilities

By Richard Haass

Normally liberation is a word associated with joy. But Richard Haass tells the United Nations that we cannot celebrate at Auschwitz, the site of one of history’s greatest mass murders.Read More


Why Israel’s Crazy Electoral System Might Be Best Idea Ever

By Haim Watzman

As the Israeli elections near, many criticize an electoral system that seems to balkanize the body politic. Haim Watzman thinks that’s exactly what Israel needs.Read More


Europe's Jews Pick Up the Shards After Paris Terrror

After the Paris terror attacks, Jews in Europe are taking stock of where they stand. Here are 6 voices of hope and fear from a continent on edge.Read More


It’s Time for the Jewish Megachurch

By Jay Michaelson

Jews have much to learn from the explosive success of the megachurch movement. Jay Michaelson asks: Do we have what it takes to replicate it?Read More


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