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What if Netanyahu fails to form a coalition?
If the PM can’t cobble together a majority government by Wednesday, Israel could find itself heading to new elections
UN’s World Health Organization condemns Israel
What a waste of precious time, money, and resources, diverted from global health priorities to wage a (false!) prosecution of the Jewish state
What happened in Chicago
When the anti-Semitic attack doesn’t take place because the terrorist is inept, the community gets a little tense anyway
American Middle East strategy may be fraying
The US has put its eggs in the Saudi basket, and Israel is following suit — an approach that may soon backfire
Between hope and despondency in Poland
Alon Goshen-Gottestein asked some hard questions about Jews and Poland; here are my answers
The birth of hope
We are not wrong to strive to perfect the world; indeed, our refusal to accept suffering and injustice as inevitable is particularly Jewish (Bechukotai)
The forecast for Jordan’s stability is rocky with considerable risk
With the kingdom facing dire economic and political challenges, Israel’s talk of annexing the West Bank could increase the turmoil
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Israel: Jewish and Democratic
Death and Mourning
May 27, 2019, 10:48 AM
Mechila in Shidduchim: A rational approach
Many years ago, I received a phone call from a young woman who pleaded with me to forgive her. I had never met her and had no recollection of her. Apparently she had once turned me down for a...
May 27, 2019, 8:35 AM
Francie, Sonny and Shaft: Talking about the Jews
How do Jews appear through the eyes of others in fiction? Classic negative images like Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Fagin in Oliver Twist and Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby come to mind. There must be many others....
May 27, 2019, 8:31 AM
Shabbat Derech Eretz
Normally, this shabbat would be the shabbat before Shavuot, but because Shavuot begins right after shabbat ends, the shabbat before is literally the day before, so I decided to publish this a week early. The shabbat before Shavuot has no...
May 27, 2019, 8:27 AM
A new meaning for ‘securing the Jewish future’
We endure this moment.... …to enjoy many of these: The 1990 North American Jewish Population Study reset the Jewish communal agenda. While not exactly blindsided, the greater than assumed findings of diminished Jewish identity alarmed community leaders. “Continuity” became a buzzword. But...
May 27, 2019, 8:21 AM
Are Young Jews as Proud as Pope Francis?
In, March 2013, when a little-known Bishop from South America was chosen to become the most important man in Rome, and across the Catholic world, people in Rome wanted to know who he was. Dr. Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist...
Allen S. Maller
May 27, 2019, 8:18 AM
Marry God on Shavuot
When Shavuot falls on June 9 this year it should be celebrated by all Jews; especially Reform Jews. Of all Jewish holidays, Shavuot is the most expressive of the dynamic and pluralistic values of Reform Judaism. First Shavuot was an...
May 27, 2019, 8:12 AM
The Second Intifada still goes on
During The Second Intifada: I lived in Jerusalem. I saw two bombings. I heard at least ten. The city was blowing up every day. I worked security and was expected to stop a suicide bomber if I encountered one, for 19 shekels an hour. Many...
May 26, 2019, 11:26 PM
Hello. My name is Golda Daphna and I am unworthy. I am unworthy to write a piece on the importance of women. I am unworthy to comment on a University I do not attend. I am unworthy to write...
May 26, 2019, 9:48 PM
I miss Charles Krauthammer
I miss the wisdom and wit of Charles Krauthammer. The tenacious brilliant writer, political analyst, and philanthropist passed away in June 2018; leaving an intellectual void in both political and public debate. Charles, a native New Yorker graduated in...
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
May 26, 2019, 8:41 PM
The Moshav of Reb Shlomo will rock again!
On Lag ba'Omer, the Moshav has burned down. There are two kinds of people, those who're shocked and those who need to be shocked. But shock or not, that doesn't mean that life is over. There are a great...