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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

A Century After World War I, We Don't Put Ourselves on the Line for Beliefs

By Ralph Seliger

We remember World War I as the first bloodbath of the modern era. But it was a conflict that combatants embraced and believed in.Read More

If Maimonides Met Warby Parker

By Elissa Strauss

What would Maimonides, the Jewish thinker who created an eight-rung hierarchy of giving, say about the buy-one, give-one charity model popularized by Warby Parker?Read More

The Dark Forces Behind the Balfour Declaration — And Its Lasting Legacy

By Jerome Chanes

Why does the Balfour Declaration, written in 1917 during the darkest days of World War I, still tug at our elbow, insisting we pay attention to it even today?Read More

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

In WWI, Jews Fought for Britain. So Why Didn't Britain Fight for Jews?

By Liam Hoare

In WWI, Jews fought for Britain — but Britain didn’t fight for Jews. Instead, it viewed them not only as outsiders but as symbols of gloom and disease.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

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