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Move To Ban Kosher Slaughter Really Not About the Animals

By Jacob Ari Labendz

As a vegan, Jacob Ari Labendz would normally be in favor of moves to fight animal cruelty, like the push to outlaw ritual slaughter in Europe. But he sees something else at work.Read More


Kidnapping of West Bank Teens Points To Worse To Come

By Nathan J. Brown

The kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers is a sign of things to come, argues Nathan J. Brown. After the collapse of peace talks, both sides will now likely speak in the language of force.Read More


Prayer Won't #BringBackOurBoys

By Leah Bieler

The whole Jewish world is praying for the three kidnapped Israeli teens. Leah Bieler writes that such devotion risks taking the focus away from those who are really responsible.Read More


The Rebbe's Big Idea

By Joseph Telushkin

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, was inarguably the most well-known rabbi since Moses Maimonides.Read More


Why Isn't Alan Gross on Next Plane Home After Bowe Bergdahl?

By Fulton T. Armstrong

Bowe Bergdahl is home, but Alan Gross still languishes in a foreign jail. If we can talk to the Taliban, why let Cuban exiles block a deal to free the Jewish contractor?Read More


Reuven Rivlin, an Israeli President Who Wants One-State Solution

By J.J. Goldberg

Reuven Rivlin’s election as Israel’s president is vindication to the right, argues J.J. Goldberg. He’s an elder statesman of the Knesset — but a fierce opponent of the two-state solution.Read More


Why Eric Cantor's Loss Will Hurt Jewish Democrats, Too

By Noam Neusner

Liberal Jews are dancing gleefully on Eric Cantor’s political grave. But Noam Neusner writes they shouldn’t gloat — his loss is a sign of big trouble for them too.Read More


Why Simon Greer Firing Means Much More Than Another Jill Abramson #Pushy Affair

By Jay Michaelson

Simon Greer’s sharp elbows got him fired from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, like Jill Abramson. Jay Michaelson explains why this #pushy battle means so much more.Read More


Include Me Out of This Jewish Community

By Jay Michaelson

The Jewish establishment has made great strides in accepting LGBT people. But Jay Michaelson thinks we should take a second look at who still gets left out.Read More


Time for Jewish Evangelizing

By Nigel Savage

It’s time for us to make the case for Jewish tradition in public space, writes Nigel Savage. We shouldn’t be afraid to be seen as evangelizers.Read More





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