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American Jews aren't minding the store
Nationwide, leaders are moving on; it's clear that different kinds of people should take their places
Mourning the loss of mourning
What if you couldn't give any presents to the one you love -- wouldn't that destroy some aspect of your relationship?
A Tisha B’Av Call to Action
In recent days, I returned from a highly emotional visit to sites...
A loving hug from the 188th Armored Brigade
What gives you strength to spend the night in a Gaza neighborhood, just days after your friend was killed in the exact same situation?
The day the Jewish state became Orthodox
It only took a few hours: first, the nation-state bill was signed; then, a Conservative rabbi was detained by police
The effective critic
Before you give rebuke, make sure the object of your improvement knows you are 100% on their side (Devarim)
Arrest me: I too officiated at non-Orthodox weddings
How much more will it take for liberal Jewish leadership to say enough is enough?
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Israel: Jewish and Democratic
Women & Judaism
Jul 18, 2018, 6:13 AM
When 'I hate Hamas' means 'I don't hate Hamas'
An insider's anti-Zionist lexicon: The code to deciphering what decent, reasonable-sounding phrases really mean
Jul 18, 2018, 2:15 AM
Lifnei Iver, Kosher Meat, and the Nine Days
The nine days period is characterized by numerous prohibitions, including abstention from meat and wine. The Mishna (Taanit 26b) and Gemara (Taanit 30a) record an issur d’rabbanan to eat meat during the Seudah Hamafseket, the last meal before the...
Jul 18, 2018, 2:13 AM
PCUSA: The Fifth Column of the Christian World
The Presbyterians for Middle East Peace (PFMEP), a small, brave and genuine group that seeks peaceful solutions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict amongst the Israel-haters of the greater Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) invited me for a second time, to participate and...
Jul 18, 2018, 1:59 AM
Why we need a definition of 'genocide'
If the Holocaust is the prototype, then we miss the lessons of all other genocides, including how to prevent them
Jul 18, 2018, 1:03 AM
After Anatevka — Tevye in Palestine: The Tractor
Can you hear me over the racket this tractor is making? No? I didn’t think so. I don’t even think God can hear when this confounded machine is on. Let me give the engine and my ears a rest. My...
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Jul 18, 2018, 1:01 AM
Towards an un-Jewish and asexual Judaism and Society?
By asexual, I mean here: without making distinctions between the sexes, not: without sexual activity. This tendency, to ignore sex differences obviously stems from a desire in women to escape suffocating and murderous sexism. Men often join that call because...
Jul 18, 2018, 12:58 AM
Golda was a chain-smoker
Struggling alone to perfect a sentence has become a whirlwind to publicize my biography of Israel’s 4th prime minister
Jul 18, 2018, 12:55 AM
An Overview of the Smoking Industry in Israel
The smoking rate in Israel fell from about 45 percent in the early 1980s to less than 20% prior to 2011. However, according to Israel’s Health Minister, they recorded the rate of smoking rising to 22% in 2016 from...
Jul 18, 2018, 12:52 AM
The IOI — ‘If Only Israel’ — Syndrome
IOI is the misguided notion, peddled in the name of Israel's “best interests” by some in the diplomatic, academic, and media worlds, that if only Israel did this or that, peace with the Palestinians would be at hand. But...
Richard S. Hirschhaut
Jul 17, 2018, 11:40 PM
Mass casualty expertise puts global lens on Rambam
Sirens wailing, doctors and nurses wearing gas masks, an underground parking garage transformed into a surgery-ready hospital. What could have been scenes from a disaster movie was business as usual last month at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. The...