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Bibi Speech Gave Us Green Light To Openly Debate Israel — at Last

By Jeremy Ben-Ami

The legacy of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech wasn’t sound bites or standing ovations. Jeremy Ben-Ami writes that American Jews now know they can debate policy — while supporting Israel.Read More


With Friends Like These (on Iran), Who Needs Enemies?

By J.J. Goldberg

Republicans want Jewish support to block a nuclear deal with Iran. J.J. Goldberg warns that the GOP has a bigger agenda in mind — and the planet’s future hangs in the balance.Read More


A Murder in Moscow

By Anna Katsnelson

Boris Nemtsov was killed in broad daylight steps from the Kremlin. The opposition leader’s murder shocked Russians, but Moscow is no stranger to assassinations.Read More


Why Purim Is Holiday of Ironies

By Avi Shafran

On Purim, we celebrate how a plan to kill Jews ended up with the death of the perpetrator. For Avi Shafran, the holiday demonstrates the beauty of irony.Read More


Grappling With God’s Wrathful Side

By Elissa Strauss and Scott Perlo

In this latest installment of Godology — in which Elissa Strauss and Scott Perlo discuss what it means to grapple with God’s existence — they discuss His (or Her) angry side.Read More


Benjamin Netanyahu’s Iran Exaggerations Now Clear for All To See

By J.J. Goldberg

A massive new leak says Benjamin Netanyahu brazenly hyped the danger of Iran’s nuclear program. J.J. Goldberg explains why the dramatic disclosure couldn’t come at a worse time for Bibi.Read More


Cheating Hasids Out of a Future

By Jay Michaelson

A lawsuit in Canada offers a blueprint to reforming the substandard education provided in Hasidic communities. It holds the government accountable for allowing the outrage.Read More


Learning To Embrace the Hybrid Jew

By Jay Michaelson

Other religions offer spiritual practices that Judaism lacks —  so why not adopt multiple traditions simultaneously? Jay Michaelson argues that being a hybrid Jew is an opportunity, not a problem.Read More


Speech-Gate Won't Dethrone Benjamin Netanyahu — But Bottle Deposits Might

By J.J. Goldberg

Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress hasn’t hurt him in the polls. But his wife’s habit of pocketing bottle deposit money just might be his undoing.Read More


Why Jewish Poverty Matters Now — More Than Ever Before

By Jack Ukeles

The collapse of Met Council and FEGS should wake us up to a disturbing reality: We do not have — and badly need — a strategy for combating Jewish poverty.Read More


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