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A Threat to Jews in Hobby Lobby Decision

By Jay Michaelson

The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case pitted a Talmudic Antonin Scalia against the prophetess, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But the prophetess lost.Read More


The Freedom To Hear Offensive Speech

By Mark G. Yudof

University of California’s former president has spent years arguing that offensive speech should not be censored — but also that protest against it should be vigorous. Why isn’t anyone listening?Read More


In Defense of the Schmaltzy

By Elissa Strauss

We often think of nostalgia as an unrealistic dreaminess about the past, but Elissa Strauss thinks there’s an important role for this type of schmaltziness.Read More


Are Jews Now Safe and Free From Being Haunted?

By Leonard Fein

Leonard Fein wonders if the manifest decline in anti-Semitism is tied in some way to the uptick in attention to the Holocaust?Read More


Why We Should Honor Slain Civil Rights Workers With Jewish Holiday

By J.J. Goldberg

Fifty years ago, two Jews and a black man died fighting for freedom in America. J.J. Goldberg proposes honoring them them with a Jewish holiday on the 16th of Tammuz.Read More


Why I'm a Liberal — and I Hate the Nanny State

By Jay Michaelson

We usually think of opposing big government as a conservative precept. But Jay Michaelson thinks liberals also have plenty of reasons to dislike onerous regulation.Read More


Why Russian Jews Don't Want to Hear About Being Saved

By Lea Zeltserman

The history of the Soviet Jewry movement is moving for American Jews as a catalyzing force for the community. Lea Zeltserman explains why it leaves Russian Jews cold.Read More


What Did the Orthodox Do Now?!

By Elissa Strauss

Our fascination with the ultra-Orthodox world often tips into sensationalism and stereotyping, writes Elissa Strauss. Maybe we should pause to wonder why we are drawn to these tales.Read More


How Prayer Can #BringBackOurBoys

By Avi Shafran

Critics say prayer won’t bring the in the three kidnapped Israeli boys home. But Avi Shafran turns to Jewish tradition — and declares that every plea to God makes a difference.Read More


Benjamin Netanyahu Lashes Out at Hamas — But Real Enemy Is Elsewhere

By J.J. Goldberg

Benjamin Netanyahu is using the kidnapped teens crisis as an excuse to crush Hamas. But J.J. Goldberg warns he is conflating threats Israel can manage with the real danger of terror.Read More





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  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
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  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
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  • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
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