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Jul 15, 2021, 8:58 PM
I write this as one of the 2,000 to 3,000 Jews who attended Sunday’s “No Fear” rally in Washington, DC. Over the past few days as I have processed a jumble of emotions elicited by this experience, I have...
Jul 8, 2021, 10:42 PM
We Are Not Cannibals
“Which is better, law and rescue, or hunting and breaking things up?” (Piggy, from Lord of the Flies.) This coming Sunday, July 11, 2021, thousands of Jews and, hopefully, Jewish allies will converge in Washington, D.C. to shine a light...
May 22, 2021, 6:09 PM
Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” In Alice in Wonderland, the titular character is all the more loveable for her naïve, childish belief in the impossible. We find her bottomless ability to visualize fantasies...
May 19, 2021, 7:33 PM
Internecine fighting marks this war as crucially different
We find ourselves witness yet again to another micro-war between Israelis and Gazan Palestinians. It all looks depressingly familiar: the barrage of missiles; the Iron Dome hard at work intercepting those missiles; rubble and death in Gaza; rubble and...
Apr 15, 2020, 9:27 AM
Passover in the time of Coronavirus
As chance would have it, much of the world celebrated major holidays in isolation this week. Billions of people celebrated Passover and Easter isolated from their families and the traditions that color our lives. Last week, I hosted a seder-for-four. ...
Jan 5, 2020, 1:05 PM
The Politicization of Anti-Semitism
In an act of deflection demonstrating a stunning dearth of honesty, awareness, and genuine concern for the residents of his city, Mayor DeBlasio declared anti-Semitism to be a product solely of right-wing extremists. He cannot be oblivious to the...
Dec 31, 2019, 6:42 PM
We Are Waiting
The Jews of New Jersey and New York are waiting. We are waiting for someone to tell us when the attacks on our brethren will cease. We are waiting for someone to tell us that there is a plan of action...
Dec 12, 2019, 4:37 AM
Everyone calm down
I really do despise the phrase “fake news,” but I’m afraid I must admit that the last 24-hours have been replete with it. They have been harrowing ones for American Jews who consider themselves, well, American. Fear-mongering headlines in...
Nov 20, 2019, 12:32 AM
The Future of Jews on US University Campuses
It seems one cannot open a newspaper or social media site these days without encountering articles detailing the latest anti-Semitic and racist acts on US college campuses. Swastikas drawn on dorm room walls, videos of drunken fools muttering expletives...
Apr 3, 2019, 1:16 PM
A letter to the Brown U. students who voted in favor of BDS
If today’s student body had its way, freedom of academic expression would by stymied, and the spigot of knowledge would be closed
Ellen Ginsberg Simon is an attorney and compliance professional in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. She has an M.Phil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University and is also a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.