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How Female Circumcision Is Different From a Brit Milah

By Elissa Strauss

Opponents of circumcision for boys often compare it to female genital mutilation. Elissa Strauss asserts that we can practice the former while abhorring the latter.Read More


Gaza War 'Unintended'? Nope, Hamas Is Sworn to Destroy Israel

By Gil Lainer

J.J. Goldberg calls Israel’s operation in Gaza an ‘unintended war (that) nobody wanted.’ Israeli diplomat Gil Lainer calls that a dangerously naive view of Hamas.Read More


How Politics and Lies Triggered an Unintended War in Gaza

By J.J. Goldberg

Israel and Hamas stumbled into this bloody confrontation due to a series of mutual missteps. It started with a triple murder and a clever fib, J.J. Goldberg writes.Read More


Why Israel Wants an Independent Kurdistan

By Yossi Alpher

Kurds have taken advantage of the implosion of Iraq to push forward with their dream for an independent state. Why is Israel so quick to jump on the bandwagon?Read More


What Did You Expect?

By Jay Michaelson

Palestinians are so angry, no one should be surprised at the kidnap-murders of three teenagers, Jay Michaelson writes. Or the Jewish revenge killing that followed.Read More


Benjamin Netanyahu's Favorite Poet — and Ours

By Steven J. Zipperstein

Benjamin Netanyahu often quotes the words of Bialik, Israel’s national poet, during times of crisis. But Steven J. Zipperstein thinks the premier is cherry-picking the poet’s work.Read More


Supreme Court Rulings Show What We Care About

By J.J. Goldberg

Among the joys of June, along with fine weather and happy children, is the opportunity to watch the Supreme Court close out its docket. J.J. Goldberg explains what the rulings really mean.Read More


What Are You First, Jew or Journalist?

By Jane Eisner

The Israeli government’s Jewish Media Summit brought journalists from all over the world. But one question didn’t get much play: Are you a Jew or a journalist first?Read More


A Kidnapping That Made Israel Into One Family

By Elana Sztokman

The death of the kidnapped boys has released a sigh of collective grief in Israel, writes Elana Sztokman. It’s a joint response to a tragedy that transformed the country into one family.Read More


The Murkiness of the Hobby Lobby Ruling

By Michael A. Helfand

With all the uproar around the Hobby Lobby decision, it would be easy to miss how limited the decision actually is, writes Michael A. Helfand.Read More





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