Forward Forum

Why Rabbi Gil Steinlauf's Coming Out Is Watershed Moment for Jews

By Menachem Creditor

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf told his synagogue he is gay in an eloquent open letter. Menachem Creditor writes that the reaction of the shul’s lay leaders is even more momentous.Read More

Same-Sex Marriage Wins at SCOTUS

By Jay Michaelson

With the latest court victory for same-sex marriage, Jay Michaelson assesses what has changed in society’s thinking about LGBT people — and why it matters to all Jews.Read More

A Drug Policy That Denies Repentance

By Hanna Liebman Dershowitz

United States drug policy is such that people caught with small amounts of drugs can serve harsh punishments. Hanna Liebman Dershowitz thinks this is wrong and against Jewish values.Read More

The Irony of Erasing Arabic

By Liora R. Halperin

A new proposed law in the Knesset would remove Arabic as an official language of Israel. Liora Halperin says this ignores the history of Hebrew’s own struggles.Read More

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

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