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The Zionist Election You Can Participate In — If Your Elbows Are Sharp

By J.J. Goldberg

Left and right are trading insults about who cares more about the Jews. It ain’t the Israeli elections, but J.J. Goldberg explains why a little-known vote is just as contentious — if not more so.Read More


Bridging Divide Between Universal and Parochial Jews

By Nigel Savage

There are two kinds of Jews, those who see the world from a parochial perspective and those with a universalist view. Nigel Savage says they need to come closer together.Read More


The 1% Solution to Jewish Education

By Ari Segal

The high cost of Jewish day school makes it prohibitive to most, even to people who own valuable homes. Ari Segal has a surprising solution to this problem.Read More


Will Israel Alienate the Diaspora With 'Jewish State' Push?

By Theodore Sasson

The nationality bill in Israel’s parliament, which favors Jewishness over democracy, has alienated the Diaspora, writes Theodore Sasson. What will this mean in the upcoming elections?Read More


Who Bakes the Challah?

By Elissa Strauss

In 2015, the Forward will explore whether women still do a disproportionate amount of the work around the Jewish holidays. Elissa Strauss offers an introduction.Read More


The Back-to-the-Future Bagel

By Devra Ferst

An old school kind of bagel is coming back in a big way. Devra Ferst explains how the nouveau holes are inspired by what was once eaten on the Lower East Side.Read More


The Benefits of Airing Deep Splits Among Jews

By Yehuda Kurtzer

2015 will finally be the year that the American Jewish community gets comfortable airing its disagreements in public. Yehuda Kurtzer says that’s a good thing.Read More


In the Shmitta Year, Lifting the Burden of Pay Day Loans

By Ari Hart

We are halfway through the year of shmitta, when debts are to be forgiven. Ari Hart says that edict applies doubly to predatory loans to the poor.Read More


Did Barack Obama Snatch Victory From Jaws of Victory in U.N. 'Palestine' Vote?

By Chemi Shalev

Barack Obama claimed rare praise from Jewish leaders for orchestrating the Palestinians’ defeat at the U.N. But did the White House actually pull a fast one on Israel?Read More


Does Home Invasion Signal Beginning of End for French 'Israelites'?

By Robert Zaretsky

A vicious attack on a suburban Paris couple forces Robert Zaretsky to ask: What kind of future do French Jews have in a country that seems to be turning against them?Read More


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