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J Street Loses Its Focus With Peace Process Dead

By Larry Derfner

J Street has lost its purpose now that the peace process is dead. Instead of fighting Israel’s occupation, it battles the only tactic that could end the injustice, writes Larry Derfner.Read More


Israel Earns Red Card at Soccer's World Cup — Again

By Adi Gold and Yoav Sivan

Every World Cup the same question emerges: Why isn’t Israel playing? The answer, argue Adi Gold and Yoav Sivan, has as more to do with Israeli culture than anything else.Read More


Which Side Has No One To Talk To?

By Leonard Fein

The regular refrain by the Israelis that they don’t have a partner in the Palestinians might be the very opposite of the truth, Leonard Fein writes.Read More


Diaspora to Israel: We Need You To Change

By J.J. Goldberg

Israel’s actions affect the Diaspora more than ever. That makes the rightward lurch of the Jewish state all the more dangerous for all of us, J.J. Goldberg reports.Read More


The Talmudic Case for Conversion

By Zvi Zohar

In Roman times, Judaism was much more welcoming of conversion, and it’s time to use an overlooked Talmudic tradition to return to that approach, writes Zvi Zohar.Read More


Shavuot Is Holiday That Speaks of Love And Freedom

By Avi Shafran

Shavuot often doesn’t get the respect it deserves among the Jewish holidays, writes Avi Shafran. It’s time we understood it for what it is, a celebration of love and freedom.Read More


Have the Jews Lost Europe?

By Dave Rich

After the shooting rampage in Brussels and the far right surge at the polls, Dave Rich asks whether it’s time for the Jews of Europe to consider leaving.Read More


Don't Ban Us From the Celebrate Israel Parade

By Daniel Sokatch

Right wing hardliners want to ban the New Israel Fund from the Celebrate Israel parade. The group’s leader explains why that is so wrong.Read More


The Deceptive Style of Settlement Leader Dani Dayan

By Leonard Fein

Settlement leader Dani Dayan has a deceptively palatable style — but his vision hides dark implications for Israel and the Palestinians, writes Leonard Fein.Read More


The Point of the Pope's Visit

By David Rosen

While the Pope’s visit elicited some bad press for Israel with his controversial stop at the separation barrier, David Rosen argues that it was a net win for the Jewish people.Read More





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