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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


Benjamin Netanyahu Confronts Minefields After Gaza War

By J.J. Goldberg

Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to spin the Gaza war as a success. J.J. Goldberg writes he’ll be lucky to make that story stick — and may soon find himself in danger of losing his job.Read More


Did Right-Wing French Jews Provoke Anti-Semitic Violence?

By Robert Zaretsky

The Jewish Defense League portrays itself as being on the front lines of defending French Jews. But Robert Zaretsky asks if the right-wing group may have provoked some anti-Semitic incidents .Read More


A Punk Rocker, Tisha B'Av and Our Love of History

By Avi Shafran

A punk rock musician taught Avi Shafran an unexpected lesson about Tisha B’Av. The rocker was bemused to hear that Jews still mourn the destruction of the temples.Read More


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