Whose Genizah?

October 02, 2021

Donald Trump: The Odd Link between American Jews and the Alt-Right

December 12, 2018

What should we make of a substantial Jewish presence in Trump’s right-wing administration? One of the apparent curiosities of the Trump presidency is the significant role played by American Jews in his administration and his personal circle of friends, confidants and ex-confidants. To...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Jewish “Supremacy” Law Passed

July 20, 2018

Israel redefines itself as a nation and decides who will be supreme and who won’t. After the Knesset’s passage of a new law defining Israel as “the nation-state of the Jewish people,” Ayman Odeh, speaking in the name of the Arab Joint List, an alliance of four predominantly Arab parties,...

Who’s a “Bad Jew”?

July 26, 2017

Progressive Jewish groups are rising to criticize the Israeli occupation and fight fundamentalism in both Israel and the West. In the TV show Transparent, the Pfeffermans are an infuriating family. Mort, the patriarch, is transitioning to Maura, and much of the focus of the show is on the...

Hillary Clinton, Take Another Look at the American Jewish Community

November 14, 2015

In an open letter to Hillary Clinton, a Jewish activist calls out the Democratic presidential candidate over a recent article. Dear Secretary Clinton, I have faith that you want to stand with the Jewish people as we work toward peace with the Palestinians. But your recent article in The...

As an Orthodox Jew in College, How Do I Survive?

April 02, 2015

How do you reconcile modern “hookup culture” and religious faith? In today’s culture, almost every film or novel has a romantic interest, with a happily ever after, hot-and-heavy or at least casual kisses. Physical intimacy is portrayed as the way to achieve connection and depth of...

A Modern Jewish Stand Against the Global Rise of Anti-Semitism

September 10, 2014

We will stand strong in defiance but we won’t surrender our capacity to love. I am not a journalist, not a politician, and not a celebrity. I grew up in New York City. My friends and partners have always been from mixed cultural, racial and religious backgrounds. I wouldn't have it any other...

A “Self-Hating” Jew’s Guide to Zionist Talking Points

September 10, 2014

Seeing the contradictions inherent in Zionism, it is crucial for progressive Jews to respond carefully and thoughtfully. I have been indoctrinated by Zionists throughout my life. As a child, I was told that the State of Israel was somehow “necessary” to prevent another Holocaust. I was also...

Gaza Protests in Paris: Pro-Palestinian or Anti-Jewish?

August 01, 2014

What’s behind the Gaza protests in Paris and the rise of anti-Semitism? Public Service Announcement: “Being ‘Pro-Palestinian’ is not the same as calling for violence against Israel or Jewish people.” This seems self-evident. However, many Palestinian supporters seem to feel that it is...

Jewish Settlements and the Peace Talks (Part 2/2)

June 12, 2014

In order to solve the issue of Jewish settlements, the primacy of the narrative has to be overcome. It is a central Palestinian argument that settlements are the main obstacle for peace. However, the factual record does not prove this point. Israel, by its own decision,...

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