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Who Leaked Israel's Top-Secret Briefing About Reoccupying Gaza?

By J.J. Goldberg

Who leaked the Israeli Cabinet’s top-secret military briefing on reoccupying Gaza? A dozen people had the opportunity. Several had the motive. But the main suspect is Netanyahu himself.Read More

Why Jews Should Care About Ferguson

By Jay Michaelson

A few decades ago, it would have been easy to add Jews to the list of disempowered victims that now includes Michael Brown. But today, we’re in a position of power.Read More

What Happens in Israel Doesn’t Stay in Israel

By J.J. Goldberg

Twenty years ago, a Buenos Aires car bomb revolutionized our thinking on anti-Semitism. In these days of global Jew-hatred, J.J. Goldberg says that lesson is more important than ever.Read More

Godology: In the Beginning

By Elissa Strauss and Scott Perlo

If I don’t believe that God created everything, does that mean I can’t believe in Him (or Her) at all? Elissa Strauss and Rabbi Scott Perlo discuss the big questions.Read More

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

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