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May 7, 2020, 5:18 PM
Lessons of a plague
Among the greatest figures in Jewish history, Rabbi Akiva shines. The Talmud compares him to Moses, which is the ultimate compliment. Rabbi Akiva was a leading scholar and a sage who lived between the first and second century CE...
Apr 14, 2020, 10:22 PM
Lockdown goal isn’t to eliminate all COVID-19 deaths
How long is it justified to be under lockdown? The original stay-at-home order was justified. It was meant to keep hospitals’ resources below capacity and, without it, the number of hospitalizations and fatalities would have been much higher —...
Mar 27, 2020, 12:08 AM
Democracy in Israel is alive and well
In recent days, several of the most important newspapers in the world reported on a risk to the democracy in Israel, which is supposedly being attacked by its current prime minster, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his ruling Likud party. These...
Mar 1, 2020, 1:43 PM
Holocaust Survivor and Israeli Professor Is Being Targeted at Pittsburgh College
In the same city where the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue was met with an outpouring of support for the Jewish community, and the promise that Pittsburgh is “no place for hate,” anti-Israel activists have weaponized...
Dec 5, 2019, 9:19 PM
Should Facebook be regulated
A couple of weeks ago, Sasha Baron Cohen, a great actor and comedian, accepted the International Leadership Award at the Anti-Defamation-League summit on anti-Semitism and hate. In his acceptance speech, Cohen named Facebook “a propaganda machine” and pointed out...
Nov 19, 2019, 11:54 PM
EU updates oldest hatred with new settlement goods labeling scheme
On November 12, the European Court of Justice ruled that all products manufactured by Jews on Israeli settlements require a unique consumer warning label. Not only is such a warning label uniquely imposed on Israel, but a separate label...
Nov 1, 2019, 1:12 AM
Are murdered Jews in Israel victims of anti-Semitism?
On the front page of October 18th edition of the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, an Israeli living there made a remarkable claim. Regarding his initial response to the attack on worshipers at Tree of Life synagogue: “The first thought was...
Sep 20, 2019, 3:20 AM
Leftward lurch: Democratic Party shift unleashes anti-Semitism
The Democratic Party has been moving to the left for more than a decade. And along with that leftward shift, certain ideas and attitudes that used to be considered unacceptable, and even shameful — specifically in terms of the...
May 19, 2019, 11:33 PM
Why Israelis have left the left behind
There has been an unprecedented shift of the Israeli public toward the center-right that was perfectly exemplified by the recent elections: The Labor Party, the founding party of the state of Israel and the party that controlled the government...
Dec 22, 2018, 7:01 AM
Preserving the ‘Israeliness’ of the American Jewish community
If the story of Chanukah teaches a lesson, it is certainly that out of dark times, light can emerge. So too can we appreciate the positive that has resulted from the anti-Semitic attack on our community on Oct 27....
Anat Talmy, a software engineer, is a citizen of the United States and Israel.