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Sexual Assault and Double Standards

By Elissa Strauss

If 20% of Jewish college students experienced an anti-Semitic assault, we’d be up in arms. Yet that’s the figure for women and sexual assault — and we just accept it.Read More

Take Back Tzniut

By Danya Ruttenberg

With kids going back to school, a set of questions about dress codes — particularly for girls — will once again be discussed. But do these conversations miss the point?Read More

Summer's Missing Question: What Is Zionism?

By J.J. Goldberg

Lost amid all the talk about whether the Gaza war spelled the end of liberal Zionism is a more basic question: What is Zionism? J.J. Goldberg examines this deeper crisis.Read More

What Judaism Can Learn From Burning Man

By Jay Michaelson

The recent nude photos scandal reminds Jay Michaelson that too often Judaism is hobbled by its own celebrity culture. He has a different model in mind: Burning Man.Read More

So You Really Think Liberal Zionism Is Dead?

By J.J. Goldberg

Liberal Zionism might have taken a beating during the Gaza war, writes J.J. Goldberg. But with the dust settling, there are surprising signs that a two-state agenda is alive and well.Read More

Fascism and France Today

By Robert Zaretsky

Zeev Sternhell, one of the top historians of modern France and a leading Israeli intellectual, talks with Robert Zaretsky about anti-Semitism in Europe and Israel’s war in Gaza.Read More

Liberal Zionists Unite!

By Elan Ezrachi and Naamah Kelman

After the Gaza war, some are writing eulogies for Liberal Zionism. Elan Ezrachi and Naamah Kelman say the Diaspora must not abandon the fight for a more humane Jewish state.Read More

Moral Emptiness of Holocaust Survivors Who Took on Israel

By Alvin H. Rosenfeld

An ad signed by Holocaust survivors harshly criticizes Israel. Alvin H. Rosenfeld writes the signatories are simply spreading propaganda — and join a centuries-long list of Jewish betrayers.Read More

Fighting for Israeli Democracy Atop a Wedding Cake

By Mairav Zonszein

A Jewish-born woman’s marriage to a Muslim man was met with crude protests in Israel. It is a bad sign for Israeli democracy that a court allowed such a demonstration, writes Mairav Zonszein.Read More

Jewish Emphasis on Life Makes Death Rituals a Gift to World

By Jay Michaelson

Perhaps because of Judaism’s emphasis on life, Jewish death rituals are often beautiful, stark, and wise. They are a gift we can give to the world — and offer mourning without myth.Read More

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