Is Controversial Circumcision Ritual Dangerous?

By Paul Berger

Is a controversial circumcision rite dangerous? New York City believes 17 infants have been infected because of metzizah b’peh — but not everyone agrees.Read More

Polish Jews Protest Monument to Righteous Gentiles in Warsaw Ghetto

By Rukhl Schaechter

Plans to erect a monument to Righteous Gentiles next to the newly dedicated Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews is evoking a growing anger – not only in Poland, but abroad as well.Read More

Auschwitz Town Haunted by Death, Even 70 Years Later

By Wiktor Szary and Wojciech Zurawski

Bogumila recalls how as a small girl growing up in the Polish town of Oswiecim she saw prisoners beaten by Nazi guards and watched with her mother the distant glow of the crematorium fires of the Auschwitz concentration camp.Read More

Can Ayelet Shaked Sell (Secular) Israel on the Far Right?

By Naomi Zeveloff

Ayelet Shaked is a young Tel Aviv mother of two. She’s also a secular star of Israel’s far right Jewish Home party, which is rising fast in the polls.Read More

Michael Oren Lashes Out at Netanyahu — Now That They're Political Rivals

By Nathan Guttman

Michael Oren, once a close Netanyahu ally, has lashed out at the premier over his planned speech to Congress. Is Oren motivated by genuine concern —  or political maneuvering?Read More

Congress Seeks To Force White House Hand on Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

By Nathan Guttman

The Republican Congress wants to force President Obama to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Why are most Jewish groups pointedly lukewarm about the new effort?Read More

Genesis Prize Spills $1M Cash to Michael Douglas as CEO Quietly Departs

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

The Genesis Prize has given away $1 million apiece to guys named Michael. Yet the impact of the big-bucks prize remains elusive — and the foundation’s CEO has quietly left.Read More

Sheldon Silver's Fall Signals End of a (Jewish) Era in New York Politics

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

New York’s most powerful powerbroker has fallen. Sheldon Silver is facing corruption charges — and Josh Nathan-Kazis explains why it marks the end of an era for Jews.Read More

J Street U Takes Sharp Aim at Community's 'Hypocrisy' on Israel Occupation

By Chemi Shalev (Haaretz)

J Street U is going off campus with its criticism of the ‘hypocrisy’ of tacit American support for the Israeli occupation. Will youthful idealism push their elders to action?Read More

Did Benjamin Netanyahu and the GOP Just Pull Off a Coup — or Lay an Egg?

By Nathan Guttman

By accepting an invitation from Congress, did Benjamin Netanyahu pull off a coup that will outflank the White House on Iran? Or make an embarrassing gaffe that will cost him dearly?Read More

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