Ideas On Identity


Guest Editor: Rachel Sklar

This fall, eight guest editors are helping to shape the Forward Forum by commissioning opinion pieces. This week it’s Rachel Sklar, who has chronicled the media world at the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast, and now at Mediaite.com in her capacity as editor-at-large. A native of Canada, Sklar is a contributor to numerous anthologies and is working on a humorous book titled “Jew-ish.” She also co-hosts “The Salon” on The Jewish Channel.Read More


Todd Hasak-Lowy: Partying or Peacemaking?

By Todd Hasak-Lowy

The tenth anniversary just passed of the start of the Second, or Al-Aqsa, Intifada, which began not long after a breakdown in negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. It was the week of Ariel Sharon’s provocative visit to the Temple Mount, the week Palestinians renewed their rioting against Israeli forces. This time, the rioting was more violent — as was the Israeli response. These events killed the peace movement inside Israel, and sadly a lot of Israelis and Palestinians as well.Read More


Lynn Harris: A More Hospitable Sukkah City

By Lynn Harris

Writer Lynn Harris critiques the deep irony of NYC’s Sukkah City: For a holiday that’s all about hospitality, you couldn’t even enter the sukkahs.Read More


David Sax: From Generation to Generation

By David Sax

Younger generations of Jews will keep taking care of communal business, writes David Sax — just in ways that look a bit different from their parents’.Read More


David Shneer: Allies Who Come With a Cost

By David Shneer

David Shneer takes a deeper look at the evangelical Christian friends of Israel whose understanding of Jews seems rather hostile.Read More





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