Opinion

Welcome to the Forward’s opinion section, where we bring diverse voices together in productive, civil conversation. Here, you’ll find analysis and first-person perspectives from every corner of the Jewish world — and every point on the religious and political spectrums. We believe every American Jew should see themselves reflected in our pieces — and challenged by them.

We regularly publish pieces written by rabbis, thought leaders, students, activists, academics and our readers. Our contributing columnists include Deborah E. Lipstadt, Muhammad Shehada, Tema Smith, Ari Hoffman and Alex Zeldin.

Have an opinion of your own that you’d like to share with Forward readers? Email our Opinion Editor, Laura E. Adkins. We also publish opinions expressed via photo essay, video or illustration in addition to the standard op-ed format.

Observing Yom Kippur on the street — and remembering those lost to violence

This week, Jews around the world will observe the second Yom Kippur of the Covid era. Despite the uncertainty of the never-ending pandemic, it remains a time for taking stock of the year that was and holding out hope for better times ahead.

I served in Afghanistan as an Army chaplain. Jewish wisdom can help us process what comes after withdrawal

When the US was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, I was the same age as the current cadets at West Point are now.

I was the NYPD’s only Jewish chaplain at ground zero. Here’s what I learned on 9/11

Rabbi Alvin Kass is the current head of the NYPD chaplains and is also the longest-serving chaplain, having worked under 7 mayors and 16 police commissioners. Rabbi Kass was on duty the day of Sept. 11th, 2001. Twenty years later, the Forward spoke to Rabbi Kass about his impressions of that tragic day, how his fellow NYPD chaplains and officers responded, and the spiritual lesson that can be learned from overwhelming devastation.

I was RBG’s rabbi. Her legacy demands we fight for human dignity and reproductive rights.

Justice Ginsburg was my congregant — and my friend.

Our hate crime reporting system is broken

In the first hours of 2020, I called the NYPD to confirm that a Jewish 15 year-old had been held up at knifepoint on a public bus.

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