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3 Ways To Support Our Jewish Troops and Build Community

By Alison Buckholtz

Jewish military families often feel invisible to the community, writes Alison Buckholtz. Here’s what we can do to make them feel like they are supported.Read More


Benjamin Netanyahu Gives Declawed AIPAC Little To Fight For

By J.J. Goldberg

Benjamin Netanyahu avoided the big issues on peace and Iran — leaving AIPAC hardliners with little to fight with. ‘It’s all fuzzy,’ moaned one true believer.Read More


The Jewish Case Against Unplugging

By Elissa Strauss

Our culture seems to be going through an ‘unplugging’ craze, and Jews have taken the lead. But Elissa Strauss wonders if we’re losing more than we are gaining when we turn off our gadgets.Read More


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





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