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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


Jewish History's Lesson for Handling Ebola

By Joshua Teplitsky

The sharp debates surrounding Ebola are not new. Joshua Teplitsky explains the lesson that a 400-year-old episode in Jewish history holds for today’s crisis.Read More


How Barack Obama Refuses To Learn From the Past

By J.J. Goldberg

Barack Obama thought he could keep America out of Iraq and end Washington gridlock for good. Boy, was he wrong on both counts, writes J.J. Goldberg.Read More


How 'Klinghoffer' Stereotypes Both Sides

By Jay Michaelson

‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ is anti-Israel — and anti-Palestinian, Jay Michaelson writes. The opera traffics in offensive caricatures that do a disservice to both sides.Read More


Why AIPAC Is Anti-Israel

By Jay Michaelson

The right often claims dovish groups don’t have Israel’s interests at heart. Jay Michaelson thinks it’s time to turn that logic around.Read More


Why Jews Will Vote Democrat Again

By Anne Roiphe

With midterm elections coming up, Jews will likely vote Democratic again in disproportionate numbers. Anne Roiphe explores the reasons for this phenomenon.Read More


The Raw Honesty of Klinghoffer

By Lisa Goldman

Lisa Goldman went to see “The Death of Kinghoffer” on opening night and found herself transfixed by the opera’s emotional power.Read More


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