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Who By the Sword?

By Gerald L. Zelizer

The Unetaneh Tokef prayer always sounds so harsh, Gerald Zelizer writes. But is there a way to understand it as a description of the randomness in the universe?Read More

Why Do We Feel Dread On Yom Kippur?

By Elissa Strauss and Scott Perlo

Elissa Strauss and Scott Perlo discuss that great day of judgment, Yom Kippur, in their latest exploration of what it means to kind of, sort of, believe in God.Read More

We Are All Pamela Geller

By Jay Michaelson

Pamela Geller is back with another incendiary anti-Muslim ad campaign. Jay Michaelson thinks we should use this to recognize all that is fearful, irrational and hateful in us.Read More

Can We Talk About Climate Change?

EDITORIAL: In the wake of the People’s Climate March, how do we find a language to talk about global warming to those who don’t naturally care or believe?Read More

All That Divides Us as We Atone

By J.J. Goldberg

As we prepare to stand on Yom Kippur and atone collectively for the sins of the Jewish people, J.J. Goldberg asks if we all see ourselves in the same way.Read More

Hearing a Mother's Pain on Rosh Hashanah

By Shai Held

What sound is the Shofar supposed to invoke? Shai Held argues that it should make us remember a mother’s anguish over her dead son, whether she’s a stranger or one of us.Read More

On Rosh Hashanah, a Breath of Life

By Jonathan Sacks

As the year ends, former British chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks looks back at twelve months of fear and death — and finds hope in Judaism’s essential love of life.Read More

Like the Nazis, ISIS Must Be Confronted

By J.J. Goldberg

The fight against ISIS is an important moment for moral clarity, writes J.J. Goldberg. It’s a challenge that recalls nothing so much as World War II.Read More

Let's Make Climate Change the New 'Third Rail' of American Politics

By Jay Michaelson

What will it take to make climate change the new ‘third rail’ of American politics? Jay Michaelson says we should start by getting serious about luring middle America to the fight.Read More

Why Another War in Gaza Is All But Inevitable

By Yossi Alpher

The guns of Gaza have fallen silent for now. But Yossi Alpher says there has been almost no progress toward a permanent peace — making a new conflict all but inevitable.Read More

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