Neo-Nazis five minutes from home

Not long before Shabbat, my wife checked her smartphone and saw an email from our neighborhood’s Next Door website: an impromptu counter neo-Nazi protest was being held at the Dominion Hills Shopping Center in Arlington. In shock, she read about how six neo-Nazis had showed up earlier that morning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of… Read More

The rebels rise

They waved rebel flags in Charlottesville. And make no mistake, the white supremacist rally was a sign of rebellion. The neo-Nazis who marched with the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups were rebelling against the core values — diversity, inclusion and the opportunity for all to contribute, no matter who they are — that… Read More

Judaism without God — in Bethesda

When I was 15 years old, a new rabbi moved to my small town of Easton, Pa., and changed my life. I had been raised in our Conservative synagogue, but dropped out after my bar mitzvah. The new rabbi befriended me, introduced me to Jewish youth groups, Torah lessons, Hebrew camping and, most importantly, books… Read More

What I do matters, especially today

When I saw the images and heard the video of the young white supremacist men parading with lit torches around the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, my thoughts returned to another massacre on the streets of the quiet southern town of Greensboro, N.C., my home for 20 years. Shortly after 11 a.m…. Read More

Remember your oath, Mr. President

“I, Donald John Trump, do solemnly swear that I will … preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” — Jan. 20, 2017 Before taking office, every occupant of the White House swears this same oath to the Constitution, hand on Bible and in front of the entire country. So why has our… Read More

Protecting immigrants at a time of persecution

Five years ago, the government began implementation of President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order deferring deportation for U.S. residents without papers who were brought here by their parents as children. The order came about after the proposed Dream Act, which would have given legal status to those same immigrant children, failed to pass Congress. In… Read More

The Post takes a pass on Palestinian incitement

On a near-daily basis, Palestinians encourage and praise violence against Israelis. And just as frequently, many major U.S. news outlets, The Washington Post foremost among them, ignore it. Calls for anti-Jewish violence permeate Palestinian society. School textbooks condone it. Mosques lionize it. Sporting clubs and street signs are named after terrorists. And it’s all sanctioned… Read More

I did not march for hate

On Jan. 21, I was part of the Women’s March in Washington. I was thrilled to share this historic day with members of my family. We cheered for policies like equal pay for women’s work, for pro-family legislation like family leave, for education and health care — including reproductive health care — available to every… Read More