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Jun 7, 2021, 1:11 AM
The Conversation about Critical Race Theory You’ll Never Hear
Recently I’ve been holding a series of discussions with liberals and moderates on Jewish Institute for Liberal Values’ and The Speech Project’s Podcast, The Speechcast, about the current challenges to freedom of expression. They’ve been fascinating, but some of...
May 9, 2021, 6:14 PM
How “equity” can generate antisemitism
What could possibly be wrong with a term as benevolent as "equity"? Ibrahim X. Kendi defines the term in his best seller How to be an Antiracist. "Racial inequity is when two or more racial groups are not standing on...
May 25, 2020, 4:26 AM
Four things to keep in mind about the Israeli “annexation” debate
The debate is heating up among American Jews about a possible Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank. A familiar pattern is emerging with right-wingers offering unqualified support, left-wingers predicting imminent catastrophe, and centrists saying little for fear...
Apr 17, 2020, 6:28 PM
Why Bill Maher is Wrong about the ‘Chinese Virus’
I am a fan of Bill Maher. I share his criticism of political correctness and the “twitter-mob mentality” that stifles legitimate discourse. Like Maher, I recoil at “cancel culture,” which seeks to ruin anyone who refuses to tow a...
Dec 13, 2019, 7:27 PM
Four Mindsets to bring with you on your next trip to Israel
My organization, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, is on the final stretch of its annual mission to Israel. The next time you go to Israel, here are some mindsets you might want to bring with you: Be confused A Rabbi...
Oct 5, 2019, 12:29 AM
A Letter to Fellow American Jews about the Humanitarian Crisis on our Border
Two weeks ago, we, the undersigned, returned from an intensive three-day fact-finding trip to the Arizona-Mexico border. Our goal was to better understand the factors driving the humanitarian crisis at the Southern Border and to advocate more effectively for...
Jan 5, 2016, 3:36 PM
The anti-Israel trend you’ve never heard of
It's the anti-Israel trend you've never heard of and it's being taught at a campus near you
Jul 31, 2014, 5:21 PM
How “shameful” were the fatalities at the UN school in Gaza?
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday spoke out against the carnage at a UN school in Gaza that occurred the day before. "Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children,” he stated. Whenever innocent people are killed, especially children, we...
Jul 29, 2014, 9:55 PM
Four questions you should ask before believing Israel committed an atrocity
Yesterday I recoiled at an episode of HuffPost Live on the situation in Gaza. Like so much of the reporting and commentary, the discussion was replete with snap moral judgments on Israel’s conduct in war seemingly based on horrific...
Jul 22, 2014, 3:16 AM
Support for a two state solution does not mean peace now
American Jewish leaders want a Palestinian state, but see clearly the looming dangers
David Bernstein is the founder of the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values and is a former CEO of Jewish advocacy organizations.