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Confronting Campus Scourge of Anti-Israel Venom

By Judea Pearl

Judea Pearl thinks we need to be vigilant about anti-Israel bias in academia. Naming those who support BDS is no ‘blacklist’ — it’s warning of hatred and anti-Semitism.Read More

Why Fasting Is Good for Body and Soul

By Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum tells us why fasting brings us closer to God.Read More

Why Benjamin Netanyahu's Dream of Building Arab Alliances Doomed to Fail

By Yossi Alpher

Benjamin Netanyahu has been speaking lately about working with Arab states. Yossi Alpher writes Israel has tried the tactic before — and failed.Read More

Why Benjamin Netanyahu Is Wrong To Cite ‘American Values’ in Jerusalem Feud

By J.J. Goldberg

Benjamin Netanyahu suggests ‘American values’ back settlements in East Jerusalem. That assumes the divided city belongs just to Israel — which the world denies, J.J. Goldberg writes.Read More

How Gil Steinlauf Chose 'Personal Torah' Over One True One

By Avi Shafran

Gil Steinlauf says he has struggled with his sexual identity for 20 years. Avi Shafran says a respected rabbi should keep fighting to live a life consistent with the Torah.Read More

A Kippah on the Head of Israel’s Intelligence Chief

By J.J. Goldberg

For the first time, all of Israel’s top intelligence chiefs will soon be observant Jews. J.J. Goldberg explains why Benjamin Netanyahu is packing top intel positions with Orthodox brass.Read More

Why Rabbi Gil Steinlauf's Coming Out Is Watershed Moment for Jews

By Menachem Creditor

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf told his synagogue he is gay in an eloquent open letter. Menachem Creditor writes that the reaction of the shul’s lay leaders is even more momentous.Read More

Same-Sex Marriage Wins at SCOTUS

By Jay Michaelson

With the latest court victory for same-sex marriage, Jay Michaelson assesses what has changed in society’s thinking about LGBT people — and why it matters to all Jews.Read More

A Drug Policy That Denies Repentance

By Hanna Liebman Dershowitz

United States drug policy is such that people caught with small amounts of drugs can serve harsh punishments. Hanna Liebman Dershowitz thinks this is wrong and against Jewish values.Read More

The Irony of Erasing Arabic

By Liora R. Halperin

A new proposed law in the Knesset would remove Arabic as an official language of Israel. Liora Halperin says this ignores the history of Hebrew’s own struggles.Read More

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