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Aug 19, 2017, 1:50 AM
The Larger Apology Needed From the Left
Now that the organizers of the March for Racial Justice have apologized for planning their march on Yom Kippur, and have planned a march for the following day, we should absolutely accept the apology and work together for justice...
Nov 18, 2016, 3:21 PM
Want to Combat Anti-Semitism? Stop Palsplaining!
I share the widespread concern about the anti-Semitic graffiti and other anti-Jewish acts and symbols which have been appearing all over the country since last week’s general election. I also recoil at the thought of Trump appointing Stephen Bannon...
Jul 4, 2016, 9:53 AM
A Letter To President Obama For Independence Day
Dear Mr. President: As we enjoy this holiday weekend and celebrate our country’s Independence Day - a time that brings great pride and introspection about what this country means and should stand for - I feel compelled to send you...
Jun 7, 2016, 7:25 AM
Calling BS on BDS
On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order directing state entities to divest all public funds supporting the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Or, as Governor Cuomo put it on Twitter: “If you boycott...
Jul 28, 2015, 11:31 PM
In Israel, Returned and Lost Again
In With Child: A Diary of Motherhood, my mother Phyllis Chesler writes of having a dream while pregnant with me in which I request a name that begins with the letter A. Ignoring this, she initially chose Daniel as...
Nov 19, 2014, 11:47 PM
Not Your Dead Jew
It is not common for me but I eagerly donned tefillin this morning, thrusting my arm out, allowing the leather straps to be wound around me, repeating the blessing, and letting the words enter my heart. It was an...
Sep 30, 2014, 6:19 PM
Forgive Yourself This Yom Kippur
Last year for Yom Kippur I publicly apologized to my now 4-year-old daughter and asked for her forgiveness for a host of things. I asked for forgiveness for yelling, for being absent, for being stubborn, for being impatient, and...
Jul 31, 2014, 9:59 AM
The Anti-Semite Inside You
Liberals (and I am one) often comfort themselves by believing that they personally are far removed from the hatreds and discrimination of the past. We are aware of continued systemic racism and sexism, and, despite tremendous progress, know how...
Ariel Chesler is an attorney and a writer. His work has been published in various places including Time and the Huffington Post.