Why Radiohead’s Israel show matters

It may be the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s seminal album “OK Computer,” but for some Jewish fans of the band, like me, all is not OK. You might even say I’m feeling “Let Down.” Here’s why: In February, the British band announced that it was playing Tel Aviv in July as part of their world… Read More

Don’t cheat this time, Marwan Barghouti

According to the latest pictures I’ve seen of Marwan Barghouti, he can use a little dieting. He’s grown a bit heavier, with his sedentary lifestyle of late. Not like the early 2000s, when he was active and busy planning the murders of hundreds of Jews. Of course cheating on his diet — a hunger strike… 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

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

Journey from slave laborers to displaced persons

The online Virtual Jewish Library states with an encyclopedia-like certainty that the last day of the Holocaust was May 8, 1945. You might recognize the date as the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies. This is inaccurate. We’re not just splitting hairs here. The British liberated Bergen-Belsen, for example, on April 15, 1945…. Read More

For the love of the Earth

In Shemini, the Torah portion read the world over this week — ending with Earth Day this Shabbat — Aaron’s two sons, Nadav and Avihu, are instantly consumed by God’s fire for a seemingly innocuous error as they attempt to perform the ritual of the mishkan. Readers of the text are often stunned by the… Read More

Ken Livingstone: enabler of evil

I’ve written many times about the anti-Semitism that continues to plague the British Labour Party — once a noble party of both opposition and government that has now, under its current far-left leader Jeremy Corbyn, become a laughably ineffective opposition with little hope of attaining government leadership. One key reason for that involves the scandals… Read More