Forward Forum

I Am 1 Billionth 'Anti-Semite'

By Jay Michaelson

The ADL says its global poll shows a quarter of the world holds anti-Semitic views. But Jay Michaelson says the study is so hopelessly flawed, any thinking person could fail — even a rabbi.Read More

Sexism in Journalism Really Lives on the Opinion Page

By Elissa Strauss

With the debate about the supposed role of sexism in Jill Abramson’s firing from The New York Times, Elissa Strauss looks at one place where gender discrimination definitely exists: the op-ed page.Read More

The Roberts Court: No Longer Just an Umpire

By J.J. Goldberg

John Roberts claimed at his Supreme Court confirmation that his job is like an umpire’s. But J.J. Goldberg writes that upending precedent is exactly what has come to define his court.Read More

America Doesn’t See Its Religious Minorities

By Michael A. Helfand

The recent Supreme Court decision on public prayer pointed to the invisibility of religious minorities, writes Michael Helfand. Why else couldn’t the town be bothered to include them?Read More

Donald Sterling's Racism Shouldn't Dampen History of Blacks and Jews

By Marc Schneier and Russell Simmons

Donald Sterling’s shameful remarks cannot undo decades of close ties between blacks and Jews, Rabbi Marc Schneier and Russell Simmons write.Read More

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

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