Was the coverage blown out of proportion? Maybe! But the resulting outcry could serve as a reminder to treat other people with respect.
For starters, it involves wearing a fancy bonnet.
For the majority of American Jews — liberal in outlook and behavior — it is a moment of reckoning, a challenge to our identity.
Jane Eisner, the Forward’s editor-in-chief, discusses a visit to her mother’s English hometown, Yossi Klein Halevi on Israel and RBG
Ever since the news broke Thursday night, the Forward’s coverage of Natalie Portman’s decision not to accept the Genesis Prize in Jerusalem didn’t just hit a nerve. It lit up the whole body.
Her criticism of Israel is important. Why couldn’t she say it in front of the people with the power to do something about it?
Instead of trying to build a bridge across many thousands of miles, I suggest that those of us in the Diaspora think of ourselves as being at home.
When the Jewish community bestows honors on these men, they ought to understand that their elevated positions come with additional responsibilities.
We now have in the White House a man with a confounding and often contradictory relationship with Jews.
This is what is at stake in the struggle over whether and how New York State can regulate the education in private Orthodox yeshivas.