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Haredi Israel in 2059

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Israel’s fast-growing haredi Orthodox population is, in many ways, distinct from mainstream Jewish Israelis, whether secular, traditional or m…

Trump crisis shouldn’t mask new opportunities for Mideast peace

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By any standards, last week was an extraordinary one for U.S.-Israel relations – and that was before President Donald Trump even arrived in Is…

Yes, Virginia, there are Jews there

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First, the bad news. Shockingly, we have all been hearing and reading about vicious anti-Semitic attacks in Europe: shootings, stabbings, poli…

Recipes for disunity

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For decades, haredi-Orthodox authorities have sought to tighten their control over Israel’s already strict interpretation of personal status q…

Independence Day: free at last?

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Israel’s 69th year of independence as a modern state by Jews and for Jews causes us to reflect on the words from “Hatikvah”: “LeHiyot Am Chofs…

Facing the toxic brew of politics and religion

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Here’s a thought experiment: Imagine your rabbi dedicating his Yom Kippur sermon to why he will be voting for Candidate X come Election Day, a…

Don’t cheat this time, Marwan Barghouti

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According to the latest pictures I’ve seen of Marwan Barghouti, he can use a little dieting. He’s grown a bit heavier, with his sedentary life…

Is this really happening in NYC?

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Gentrification is a serious issue in many large cities. Rising real estate values, which are generally a sign of economic health, can bring wi…

The Holocaust tested man’s true nature

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A few days ago, the Jewish world observed Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. This marks the greatest calamity in Jewish history, the cold…

A new dawn at the UN?

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On Sunday, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres made a series of statements that were unusual for the world body and its chief executive. H…

Spicer’s Yom Hashoah lesson

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It would be simple to play the moral outrage card on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s confused comparison of Syrian President Bashar …

Time to start listening to immigrant leaders

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Jews everywhere, myself included, have been horrified to see the beginnings of a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, which threatens to shat…

Haggadah supporter finances anti-Israel projects

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Spending this year in Jerusalem

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Passover in America is widely reported to be the most-celebrated Jewish holiday of them all. More American Jews will have attended Passover se…

Bye, bye Bannon

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In another sign that the Trump administration is moving toward greater stability and more traditional governance, the president last week sign…

A strong showing of bipartisanship in Arizona

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Arizonans should be proud of their U.S. representatives and senators.

The bomb threatener

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We were as surprised as anyone else by the arrest of a suspect in the bomb threats against JCCs and other Jewish institutions in the United St…

What made David Friedman's confirmation so contentious?

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David Friedman was confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate as America’s ambassador to Israel. But that was only after a highly contentious deba…

Letters to the Editor – 03 31 2017

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Sometimes destruction is necessary for peace

America the loser with ‘America First’

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In selling the new administration’s astonishingly thin budget proposal last week, Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said …