Is this really happening in NYC?

Gentrification is a serious issue in many large cities. Rising real estate values, which are generally a sign of economic health, can bring with them upper-income residents who displace lower-income tenants from developing neighborhoods. There is nothing new about this problem. But are Jews to blame for it? One Democratic candidate for the New York… Read More

Letters May 4, 2017

Article sullied Holocaust speech Regarding “Trump remembers Holocaust at Memorial” (April 27): It is a shame that the wonderful speech given by President Donald Trump was abbreviated and then besmirched by a litany of events and misstatements previously made by Trump or by his administration. Providing a litany of these minor gaffes denigrates the somberness… Read More

Why circumcision overrides Shabbat

This week’s Torah portion is Tazria-Metzora, Leviticus 12:1-15:33. “And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised” (Leviticus 12:3). The mitzvah of circumcision in the portion of Tazria appears amidst the discussion of the impure and pure periods immediately following childbirth. Furthermore, our sages specifically derive from this ordinance that the… Read More

The Washington Post’s Jewish home fixation

Washington Post reporting on the Arab-Israeli conflict has become increasingly lopsided. The Post, with seemingly greater frequency, omits Palestinian rejection of Israel’s legitimacy and fails to report on internal Palestinian affairs. Instead — and to the detriment of its readers — the paper inordinately focuses on Jewish houses in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria)…. Read More

To respond to the crackdown on immigrants, start by listening to immigrant leaders

Jews everywhere, myself included, have been horrified to see the beginnings of a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, which threatens to shatter families and communities and send people back to dangerous circumstances they fled. This was happening under President Obama and now President Trump has set in motion a massive expansion of the deportation machine, including… Read More

A new dawn at the U.N.?

On Sunday, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres made a series of statements that were unusual for the world body and its chief executive. He vowed to take action to end anti-Semitism, and called denial of Israel’s right to exist a modern form of anti-Jewish hatred. Granted, he was speaking to the World Jewish Congress, an… Read More

Free speech at Berkeley

As of this writing, the University of California at Berkeley is still planning to host a speech by conservative provocateur Ann Coulter. This is after the university canceled Coulter’s planned appearance at the invitation of a Republican student group, citing security concerns. The move brought to mind the violence in February that preceded the cancellation… Read More

Letters April 27, 2017

Justice for hatred Regarding “Annandale man arrested, appears connected to ‘Aryan Underground’ Twitter” (, April 14), I hope the Fairfax Police, manage to prosecute [suspect Dylan M. Mahone] to the fullest extent and that he gets the maximum jail time allowable, plus a few years of community service where he specifically is required to work… Read More

What Sean Spicer must do next

Passover is a holiday of blood and fire, of sacrifice and Exodus, of when the Jewish people sit around the dining room table to celebrate the violent triumph of our Israelite ancestors over our ancient Egyptian oppressors. Some holidays are raucous, like Purim, and some are somber, like Yom Kippur. But not Passover. This is… Read More