The Plame Truth about anti-Semitism in America

No one born into this world makes it very far without developing subconscious prejudices of one kind or another. These socially-constructed inheritances tend to lessen with experience and exposure to diversity, but no one truly escapes them. The challenge is choosing not to act upon the prejudices we have or tolerate their public expression by… Read More

Normalizing anti-Semitism in student governments

In the campus war against Israel, the all too familiar refrain from student anti-Israel activists, many of whom form the loose coalition of groups and individuals spearheading the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, is that their quarrel is only with Israel and its government’s policies, not with Jews themselves. But that specious… Read More

Each of us can — and should — reduce political polarization

There are numerous theories as to why our political environment is so polarized and dysfunctional: echo chambers created by the internet, radical politicians elected in gerrymandered districts, the role of money in politics, angry economically marginalized voters and the pervasive use of negative campaigning. All are contributing factors to the abysmal state of American politics. There… Read More

Why ‘do’ Jewish?

The other day I was asked by a mother to explain to her 12-year-old daughter, who was putting up a fight every night about practicing her haftarah, why it is important to have a bat mitzvah. She wanted my answer to the “Why be Jewish?” question in a sound bite that would miraculously rectify 12… Read More

Supporting Israel to defeat anti-Semitism

Georgetown University has fallen victim to three acts of anti-Semitism on campus in the few short weeks since the beginning of the school year. The latest, a swastika painted inside a residence hall bathroom, was found on the evening of Rosh Hashanah, sending shock waves across the university community. It was condemned by President Jack… Read More

Israel and Africa need each other

The Jewish month that began this week, Cheshvan, has traditionally been dubbed “mar,” or bitter, because it alone among the months is devoid of any holidays. It is time for the Jewish people, and the Jewish calendar, to drop mar from Cheshvan, since it is blessed with one of the most remarkable and sweetest Jewish… Read More

New Trump pressure against settlements is worrisome

The Trump administration is pressuring Israel for further delays in the construction of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria, according to apparently reliable media reports. If true, friends of Israel have good reason to be concerned. Ynet, the news site of the Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, reported Sept. 25 that “at the request of… Read More