Forward Forum


What Is Apartheid Really?

By Ian Buruma

Although the word ‘apartheid’ often gets thrown around when it comes to Israel and Palestine, Ian Buruma wonders whether that’s an accurate use.Read More


The Lessons of the 'Lavon Affair'

By Jerome Chanes

Sixty years ago, a burgeoning peace between Israel and the Arab world was torpedoed by the ‘Lavon Affair,’ writes Jerome Chanes. There are echoes of this sabotage today.Read More


Is the Nigerian Schoolgirls Kidnapping Just Another 'Never Again' Moment?

By Elissa Strauss

Many of us were brought up with the mantra of ‘never again.’ In the kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria, Elissa Strauss sees an example of the slogan’s shortcomings.Read More


Checking Your Jewish Privilege

By Samuel G. Freedman

The Princeton student who sparked the ‘check your privilege’ debate reminds Samuel G. Freedman of a Jewish archetype: the strong man who also feels like a weakling.Read More


Embracing the Irrationality of Circumcision and Kashrut

By Jay Michaelson

Two Jewish rites — circumcision and kashrut — have come under attack from liberal rationalism. Jay Michaelson says we should defend them by reveling in their irrationality.Read More


Israel Faces Facebook Intifada From WIthin Ranks of Army

By J.J. Goldberg

Israelis have rallied to Facebook to defend a soldier accused of misconduct in the West Bank. It sounds like a social media tempest, but the story raises seminal issues, J.J. Goldberg writes.Read More


Keeping Guns Away From the Torah in Georgia

By Elana Erdstein Perry

A new Georgia law allows guns practically anywhere, including houses of worship. One Atlanta rabbi explains why her shul decided to declare itself a weapons-free zone.Read More


On Independence Day, the Difficulties of Loving Israel and Each Other

By J.J. Goldberg

Why is it that every Israeli Independence Day we’re confronted with an uncomfortable sense that celebrating the Jewish state has gotten harder than it was last year?Read More


For Orthodox Parents, Time To Talk Sex

By Mendel Horowitz

Talk of sex is taboo among Orthodox Jews, but this may leave children to grow up with feelings of shame and loneliness, Mendel Horowitz writes.Read More


Those Who Reject J Street Are Blind

By Leonard Fein

The Jewish establishment has decided to keep its blinders on by rejecting J Street’s effort to join the Presidents Conference, writes Leonard Fein.Read More





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