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Why Israel's Fight Against William Schabas May Be Off-Target

By Nathan Guttman

Personal attacks are pouring in on William Schabas, chair of the U.N. Gaza war crimes panel. But for Israel, the real danger may lie not in him but in the International Criminal Court.Read More


Leonard Fein Took Us Beyond False Dichotomies

By Steven M. Cohen

Leonard Fein’s most enduring legacy may be his rejection of dualism: the idea that Jews must choose between assertiveness and compassion, between tribalism and universalism.Read More


How Tariq Abu Khdeir Went From Teen Fisherman to Peace Activist

By Michael LaForgia

In a few short weeks, Tariq Abu Khdeir visited east Jerusalem, grappled with the murder of his cousin, got savagely beaten and became an international symbol.Read More


Like Life Insurance for an Ultra-Orthodox Community — But Not Quite

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

When parents of young children died in ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn, activists used to take up a collection. No more. Areivim USA offers a safety net for the community — just don’t call it insurance.Read More


For Jews Displaced By Fighting in Ukraine, Israel Is The Promised Land

By Cnaan Liphshiz

The Jewish Agency for Israel is expecting more than 3,000 Jewish arrivals from Ukraine this year — that’s a 33 percent increase from 2013.Read More


Bulletproof Hasidic Feminists Rock Out

By Rachel X. Landes

Lower East Side venue Arlene’s Grocery was packed last week for a special performance by Bulletproof Stockings, a Hasidic women’s rock band. No men were allowed.Read More


Operation Protective Edge Cuts Away at Bottom Line

By Daniella Cheslow

The Gaza war has chipped about half a percentage off the Israel’s GDP. From gourmet chefs to farmers and retailers, we look at the conflict’s impact on the economy.Read More


Leonard Fein, My King of the Jews

By Kathleen Peratis

Leonard Fein was an inspiration to generations of progressive Jews. Kathleen Peratis, who had dinner with him on the night he died, remembers her ‘king of the Jews.’Read More


Starbucks Doesn't Mix Coffee With Politics

By Nathan Guttman

It took a few hundred online activists to make Starbucks denounce as ‘unequivocally false’ claims that the company and its Brooklyn-born Jewish founder, support Israel financially.Read More


Two Lawsuits Target Embattled Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto and Top Aide

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, one of Israel’s most powerful rabbis, and his senior aide are the target of two separate lawsuits in a New York court.Read More





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