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From Gaza to Sderot, Trauma Marks The Past — And The Present

By Leonard Fein

Constant war and fear has scarred people on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his last column written hours before his death this week, Leonard Fein calls for compassion.Read More


'Unhappy Happiness,' Or What Rabbi Nachman And Pharell Have in Common

By Jay Michaelson

Rabbi Nachman taught, ‘It is a great mitzvah to be happy always.’ Despite Pharrell’s preaching, that may seem an unreachable ideal — but Jay Michaelson thinks there’s more to it than you think.Read More


Getting Serious About the Mystery

By Jay Michaelson

At the center of Judaism is an essential mystery, a secret. It’s what makes our religion special, writes Jay Michaelson, but it’s also the part to which we pay least attention.Read More


What 'Dead Poets Society' Taught Me About Living Deliberately

By Jay Michaelson

Robin Williams was not John Keating, his character in ‘Dead Poets Society,’ but both lived ‘deliberately.’ Jay Michaelson wonders if we aren’t better off living like McAllister, his Latin teacher foil.Read More


How To Talk to a 10-Year-Old About Gaza

By Leigh Shulman

Leigh Shulman knew how to explain porn to her 10-year-old daughter. But Israel’s war in Gaza? That was a lot tougher.Read More


Defeating Hamas Will Not Solve Israel's Problem

By Jeremy Pressman

Defeating Hamas, if militarily possible, may confer certain short-term advantages to Israel. But defeating Hamas is not going to resolve Israel’s core challenge, the question of Palestinian nationalism.Read More


A Left-Wing Argument for Supporting Israel's War

By Gadi Taub

Hamas threatens not only Israel’s citizens, but also the prospect of a two-state solution. Gadi Taub explains why this war seems so necessary to many Israelis on the left.Read More


Israel's Moral Dilemma in Waging Gaza War

By Amitai Etzioni

Israel faces a seemingly impossible task in Gaza: fighting militants willing to fight amid a civilian population. Amitai Etzioni explores the moral and tactical challenges.Read More


ISIS Aimed at Ideals When They Destroyed Jonah's Tomb

By Leonard Fein

ISIS, the militant Muslim group now overrunning Iraq, recently destroyed the tomb of Jonah, the biblical prophet. Leonard Fein finds this a strikingly sad — and profoundly symbolic.Read More


Israel Professor Gets in Big Trouble for Showing Concern for Gaza War Victims

By Steven J. Zipperstein

Israeli professor Hanoch Sheinman thought it was basic human decency to express concern for all the victims of the Gaza war. But his email sparked a shocking backlash.Read More


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