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Don't Call Us 'Ultra-Orthodox'

By Avi Shafran

There’s nothing radical or extreme about living life according to the laws of the Torah. So, asks Avi Shafran, why are we called ‘ultra-Orthodox,’ even by other Jews?Read More

The Disappearing Places of Our Jewish Past in the Old Country

By Emil Fish

The old Jewish quarters are disappearing in Slovakia, and across eastern Europe. With people long since gone, only these places can tell the story of a once-vibrant life.Read More

Moving Toward a 'Living Wage'

By Leonard Fein

With the debate over whether to move the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour, Leonard Fein thinks we are missing a bigger problem: Even this change would keep people under the poverty line.Read More

Benjamin Netanyahu Tells AIPAC To Put Its Head In a Noose

By J.J. Goldberg

Benjamin Netanyahu told American Jewish leaders to block the Iran nuclear deal. J.J. Goldberg explains just why this suggestion is so suicidal for AIPAC.Read More

The Silence Around Sex in the Haredi World — and Its Unfortunate Consequences

By Margaux Chetrit

In the ultra-Orthodox world, sex is rarely discussed and young people get no education about their own bodies. Margaux Chetrit says this can lead to improper expressions of sexuality.Read More

Call It Sochifreude

By Jay Michaelson

Russia’s Olympics will be remembered for hotels without plumbing and the snafu-plagued opening ceremonies. Once the Games are done, anti-gay hatred will be just starting.Read More

Single, Non-Jewish, and Eager To Convert

By Shayna Estulin

Most single women who convert to Judaism do so only after they meet a nice Jewish guy. But some young people make the switch because it just feels right.Read More

Locking Israel’s Ethiopian Problem Away Behind Bars

By Seth J. Franzman

40% of Ethiopian Israeli soldiers have seen the inside of a military prison. Seth Franzman says the shocking statistic reflects a failure to integrate African immigrants.Read More

Don't Sign Uganda Anti-Gay Law

By Ruth Messinger

Ugandans may think they are acting out of faith by banning homosexuality. In fact, they are promoting hatred and violence against LGBT people, Ruth Messinger writes.Read More

Lesson of the Talmud in an Iraq School Suicide Bombing

By J.J. Goldberg

News of a suicide bombing instructor’s deadly explosion that killed his entire class in Samarra, Iraq, inspired J.J. Goldberg to follow a string of connections that leads back to the Talmud.Read More

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