Opinion

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To truly welcome Jews of color, seminaries must ordain intermarried rabbis

All of the available data shows that Jews of color are more highly intermarried than other Jews.

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Israel’s conversion news isn’t good for converts

Even this ‘ground-breaking’ decision isn’t actually about converts at all. Instead, as usual, conversion is being used as a political football.

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Confessions of a vaccine tourist: Is crossing state lines to get a shot against Jewish ethics?

I recently crossed state lines, traveling from New Mexico to Texas, to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Does that make me a bad person?

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Controversies about Jews and white supremacy are erasing Jews of color

When we erase Jews of color and focus exclusively on white Jews, we fail this moment of national racial reckoning.

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Letter | Ahoy Vey from Annapolis

The Forward needs to get its facts straight when it comes to naval and pirating history.

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