Recently I gave a presentation at a JCC, the marketing of which included the statement, “Intermarriage is good, period.” One of the newly intermarried couples in attendance came up to me afterwards to confide the difficulty of their situation. One half of the couple was not Jewish, while the other half hailed from a disapproving modern-Orthodox family. The event at the JCC was the first offering they’d seen from the Jewish community that presented intermarriage as positive. And my first thought was, “Still?”
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz found it rewarding to shelter a family from a war-torn land in his family’s home.
The specter haunting Europe isn’t communism or Islamism — it’s xenophobia. Far right nationalists are on the march from the fringes to the heart of the continent.
A crime wave blamed on Africans has stoked long-standing hostility among Israelis. The backlash has exploded in violence on the streets of Tel Aviv.
Political discourse in France has taken a violent and ugly turn. Now that the Toulouse suspect turns out to be an Al Qaeda adherent, the rhetoric will get only uglier.
Mitt Romney often brands President Obama as ‘European.’ The GOP frontrunner (who speaks fluent French) is trying to plant seeds of doubt about his nationality.
Alabama?s new anti-immigrant law has forced communities to live in fear. We should be marching to roll back this injustice, write Gideon Aronoff and Jane Ramsey.