Forward Forum


Taking the Banality Out of Evil

By Gal Beckerman

A new book about Adolf Eichmann has undermined Hannah Arendt’s theory about how banal his evil really was. Gal Beckerman speaks with author Bettina Stangneth.Read More


Modesty Is the New Black

By Elissa Strauss

From the perennially chic Barneys New York, to chains like Zara, this season’s racks are filled with billowy dresses and oversized jackets. The styles are almost — dare we say it — modest?Read More


Sexual Assault and Double Standards

By Elissa Strauss

If 20% of Jewish college students experienced an anti-Semitic assault, we’d be up in arms. Yet that’s the figure for women and sexual assault — and we just accept it.Read More


Take Back Tzniut

By Danya Ruttenberg

With kids going back to school, a set of questions about dress codes — particularly for girls — will once again be discussed. But do these conversations miss the point?Read More


Summer's Missing Question: What Is Zionism?

By J.J. Goldberg

Lost amid all the talk about whether the Gaza war spelled the end of liberal Zionism is a more basic question: What is Zionism? J.J. Goldberg examines this deeper crisis.Read More


What Judaism Can Learn From Burning Man

By Jay Michaelson

The recent nude photos scandal reminds Jay Michaelson that too often Judaism is hobbled by its own celebrity culture. He has a different model in mind: Burning Man.Read More


So You Really Think Liberal Zionism Is Dead?

By J.J. Goldberg

Liberal Zionism might have taken a beating during the Gaza war, writes J.J. Goldberg. But with the dust settling, there are surprising signs that a two-state agenda is alive and well.Read More


Fascism and France Today

By Robert Zaretsky

Zeev Sternhell, one of the top historians of modern France and a leading Israeli intellectual, talks with Robert Zaretsky about anti-Semitism in Europe and Israel’s war in Gaza.Read More


Liberal Zionists Unite!

By Elan Ezrachi and Naamah Kelman

After the Gaza war, some are writing eulogies for Liberal Zionism. Elan Ezrachi and Naamah Kelman say the Diaspora must not abandon the fight for a more humane Jewish state.Read More


Moral Emptiness of Holocaust Survivors Who Took on Israel

By Alvin H. Rosenfeld

An ad signed by Holocaust survivors harshly criticizes Israel. Alvin H. Rosenfeld writes the signatories are simply spreading propaganda — and join a centuries-long list of Jewish betrayers.Read More


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