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The Benefits of Airing Deep Splits Among Jews

By Yehuda Kurtzer

2015 will finally be the year that the American Jewish community gets comfortable airing its disagreements in public. Yehuda Kurtzer says that’s a good thing.Read More


The Back-to-the-Future Bagel

By Devra Ferst

An old school kind of bagel is coming back in a big way. Devra Ferst explains how the nouveau holes are inspired by what was once eaten on the Lower East Side.Read More


In the Shmitta Year, Lifting the Burden of Pay Day Loans

By Ari Hart

We are halfway through the year of shmitta, when debts are to be forgiven. Ari Hart says that edict applies doubly to predatory loans to the poor.Read More


Did Barack Obama Snatch Victory From Jaws of Victory in U.N. 'Palestine' Vote?

By Chemi Shalev

Barack Obama claimed rare praise from Jewish leaders for orchestrating the Palestinians’ defeat at the U.N. But did the White House actually pull a fast one on Israel?Read More


Does Home Invasion Signal Beginning of End for French 'Israelites'?

By Robert Zaretsky

A vicious attack on a suburban Paris couple forces Robert Zaretsky to ask: What kind of future do French Jews have in a country that seems to be turning against them?Read More


Why Jewish #BlackLivesMatter Activists Should Take Back Seat

By Danya Ruttenberg

The #BlackLivesMatter movement will keep making waves in 2015. Danya Ruttenberg writes Jews should participate in the struggle but not seek to impose their leadership.Read More


Why Israel Cannot Ignore the World Any Longer

By J.J. Goldberg

David Ben-Gurion once famously claimed that Israel could safely ignore the rest of the world. J.J. Goldberg explains why his rhetoric has never sounded so hollow — and 2015 may prove it.Read More


When the Two-State Solution Collapsed

By Dan Goldenblatt

This was the year to mourn the death of the two-state solution to the Mideast conflict. Dan Goldenblatt has moved on to something new — and better.Read More


Europe's Last Jews

By Deborah E. Lipstadt

For European Jewry, last year was a tipping point, writes Deborah Lipstadt. Anti-Semitism became a fact of life that could not be avoided.Read More


How David Grossman Grieves

By Gal Beckerman

In a conversation with Gal Beckerman, David Grossman opens up about his most recent novel, his sustained grieving process and a very tumultuous year for Israelis.Read More


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