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If Maimonides Met Warby Parker

By Elissa Strauss

What would Maimonides, the Jewish thinker who created an eight-rung hierarchy of giving, say about the buy-one, give-one charity model popularized by Warby Parker?Read More

The Dark Forces Behind the Balfour Declaration — And Its Lasting Legacy

By Jerome Chanes

Why does the Balfour Declaration, written in 1917 during the darkest days of World War I, still tug at our elbow, insisting we pay attention to it even today?Read More

Who Leaked Israel's Top-Secret Briefing About Reoccupying Gaza?

By J.J. Goldberg

Who leaked the Israeli Cabinet’s top-secret military briefing on reoccupying Gaza? A dozen people had the opportunity. Several had the motive. But the main suspect is Netanyahu himself.Read More

In WWI, Jews Fought for Britain. So Why Didn't Britain Fight for Jews?

By Liam Hoare

In WWI, Jews fought for Britain — but Britain didn’t fight for Jews. Instead, it viewed them not only as outsiders but as symbols of gloom and disease.Read More

Why Jews Should Care About Ferguson

By Jay Michaelson

A few decades ago, it would have been easy to add Jews to the list of disempowered victims that now includes Michael Brown. But today, we’re in a position of power.Read More

What Happens in Israel Doesn’t Stay in Israel

By J.J. Goldberg

Twenty years ago, a Buenos Aires car bomb revolutionized our thinking on anti-Semitism. In these days of global Jew-hatred, J.J. Goldberg says that lesson is more important than ever.Read More

Godology: In the Beginning

By Elissa Strauss and Scott Perlo

If I don’t believe that God created everything, does that mean I can’t believe in Him (or Her) at all? Elissa Strauss and Rabbi Scott Perlo discuss the big questions.Read More

From Gaza to Sderot, Trauma Marks The Past — And The Present

By Leonard Fein

Constant war and fear has scarred people on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his last column written hours before his death this week, Leonard Fein calls for compassion.Read More

'Unhappy Happiness,' Or What Rabbi Nachman And Pharell Have in Common

By Jay Michaelson

Rabbi Nachman taught, ‘It is a great mitzvah to be happy always.’ Despite Pharrell’s preaching, that may seem an unreachable ideal — but Jay Michaelson thinks there’s more to it than you think.Read More

Getting Serious About the Mystery

By Jay Michaelson

At the center of Judaism is an essential mystery, a secret. It’s what makes our religion special, writes Jay Michaelson, but it’s also the part to which we pay least attention.Read More

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