Opinion

In the opinion section of the Forward, you will encounter many conflicting points of view. Our mission is to publish the smartest takes on Jewish life from across the many spectrums that make up our community. You’ll find opinions you agree with, opinions you disagree with, and opinions that surprise you. We are committed to finding nuance where there was none, to sharing new perspectives that illuminate conversations we are already debating, and to lifting up the voices of those you don’t usually hear from, who are often sidelined from the conversation. We are committed to expressing, developing, and challenging our own and our readers’ views and beliefs honestly and in good faith. Everyone with a legitimate point of view on a topic of relevance to the Jewish community who wants to honestly engage with those she disagrees with has a seat at this table.

A wakeup call: You are your brother’s keeper

We are, it turns out, our brother’s — and sister’s — keeper.

How the pandemic will change Jewish philanthropy

The decisions we make today will reverberate in the years to come and have the potential to create a feedback loop of transformation and growth.

Chabad emissaries are stepping into communal gaps - for good

People who rarely engaged with Chabad are expressing a need to connect with others and, also, with the deeper, spiritual part of themselves.

Online Judaism is an echo chamber. Will we ever see those we disagree with again?

I worry now more than ever about bubbles; the ways we are self-selecting our communities in ways that only amplify our own views and preferences.

Our history is full of sorrow and salvation. This won’t change us.

Our core values of individual responsibility to G-d, of building family and community, of just laws and free civil society, those will not change.

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