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Remember Vashti and Esther on International Women's Day

By Lori Weinstein

International Women’s Day falls close to Purim this year. We should remember the stories of Vashti, who was killed for disobeying her husband and Esther, who spoke out.Read More


Israel Takes Cue From Apartheid 'Divide-and-Rule' Playbook

By Heidi-Jane Esakov

Israel seeks to give Christian Arabs a higher status than Muslims. Given sensitivity about ‘apartheid,’ the policy is shockingly similar to white South Africa’s divide-and-rule tactics.Read More


Hobby Lobby Discriminates in the Name of Religion With Help from Orthodox Outliers

By Jay Michaelson

The Hobby Lobby court case pits ‘religious liberty’ against reproductive rights. The handful of Orthodox groups that buy this formulation are eroding our civil rights.Read More


The Children Left Out of Judaism

By Laurie Levy

For parents of children with special needs, the synagogue can be an unwelcoming place. Laurie Levy writes about her own frustrations and the need for inclusion.Read More


Israel Continues To Erase the Green Line

By Leonard Fein

Israel is seeking to erase the Green Line in small and large ways through its financial support for settlements. The goal is to entrench the occupation, Leonard Fein writes.Read More


Powerlessness of Unions Is Loss to Us All

By J.J. Goldberg

Tennessee autoworkers rejected a union, dealing a new body blow to a struggling institution. J.J. Goldberg asks what the defeat means for social justice — and the Democratic coalition.Read More


How Many Lives Is a Da Vinci Masterpiece Worth?

By Elissa Strauss

‘The Monuments Men,’ is a reminder of a time when saving art took precedence over saving lives. Elissa Strauss asks whether we can ever justify giving money to support beauty over health.Read More


Will Ukraine's Revolution Be Good for Its Jews?

By David E. Fishman

What will Ukraine’s new reality bring for the nation’s 100,000 Jews? The surprising — and divided — Jewish voice in the Kiev uprising offers some important clues.Read More


Will Arizona Go the Anti-Gay Way of Uganda?

By Jay Michaelson

As Arizona’s governor decides whether to sign a law that legalizes discrimination against gays and lesbians, Jay Michaelson examines how ‘religious freedom’ has become distorted.Read More


Ultra-Orthodox Jews Shouldn't Have a Monopoly on Tradition

By Samuel Heilman

The problem with the term ‘ultra-Orthodox’ is that it designates a group of Jews who claim they express the most authentic Judaism, writes Samuel Heilman.Read More





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