Leibel is a freelance copywriter living in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and two children.
By Leibel Baumgarten
We Hasidim Aren’t Aliens. And We’re Tired Of The Media Acting Like It.
In a recent ‘This American Life’ episode, about the annual West Indian American Day Parade, the show’s host Ira Glass, speaks of the parade-goers in Crown Heights: “Walking up to Jamaicans on the street felt like walking up to people from another planet, people with a general air of hostility, or at least suspicion to…
El Al Should Apologize For Smearing The Orthodox Over Shabbat Flight Debacle
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: An El Al flight was delayed and ultimately diverted because “Right Wing Ultra-Orthodox Passengers” forced others to acquiesce to their outlandish religious requests. In the most recent example, a November 15 flight from New York to Tel Aviv was so delayed that many passengers were worried they…
Yes, Farrakhan Is Still Dangerous. Just Ask Us Orthodox Jews.
If you think Farrakhan is irrelevant, it’s likely because you haven’t been spat in the face or heard your children cursed in the street. Watching the tepid response to the Women’s March Louis Farrakhan controversy, I can’t help but feel despondent. Even with a few voices in the Jewish media speaking out, many see Farrakhan…
Orthodox Trump Supporters Are Not White Supremacists
Since November 2016, members of the media have been finding Nazis everywhere — even in seemingly impossible places. The latest example in the Forward was a piece by Elad Nehorai proclaiming that Orthodox Jews are embracing White Nationalist ideology. Nehorai is a writer I have long respected and admired, both for his mastery of the…
Biden is preparing to defy Israel in wartime — something no president has done since Eisenhower
‘I’m screaming for help’: Jewish students face violence at UC Berkeley Israel talk
I tried to return a damaged book to Amazon. Instead, I got lambasted for living in Israel
Israel’s greatest threat? Unwavering belief in its own morality
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How a Jewish playwright’s internal Israel-Palestine debate became a Russian doll of Trojan horses
וויסנשאַפֿטלעכע ליטעראַטור אויף ייִדיש: טערמינאָלאָגיע און אידעאָלאָגיעScientific literature in Yiddish: Terminology and ideology
שלמה גראָמאַנס דיסערטאַציע רופֿט אַרויס די פֿראַגע, צי מעג מען אויף ייִדיש שאַפֿן נײַע טערמינען אויפֿן סמך פֿון דײַטשישע און סאָוועטישע קוואַלן?
UC Berkeley police begin criminal probe of anti-Israel protest that turned violent
Dozens die in Gaza aid stampede as war-induced humanitarian crisis worsens
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‘Our Palestine Question’: The first American Jews to fight for Palestinian rights
Wed., Mar. 6, 2024 • 2 P.M. ET
Geoffrey Levin, a professor of Jewish studies at Emory University, joins Forward reporter Arno Rosenfeld in conversation about his new book, "Our Palestine Question: Israel and American Jewish Dissent, 1948-1978."
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