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Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico
Some things never change
Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico

Trump Influence

Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons
Trump Influence
Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons

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Save planet Earth
While it makes us nervous that the United States is now “aligned” with Syria and Nicaragua as the only other country that is not a member of the Paris climate accord, the real significance of Presi...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reunited Jerusalem at 50
The celebrations of 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem have been going on in that city since last month’s Jerusalem Day. This week, with the anniversary of the Six Day War on the secular...
Jun 07, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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A nastier, more brutish budget
National Jewish organizations are notoriously prolific when it comes to issuing press releases. So the near silence that followed the issuance of President Donald Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget on Ma...
Jun 01, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Haredi Israel in 2059
Israel’s fast-growing haredi Orthodox population is, in many ways, distinct from mainstream Jewish Israelis, whether secular, traditional or modern Orthodox. Like many Israeli Arabs, large segments...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Recipes for disunity
For decades, Haredi-Orthodox authorities have sought to tighten their control over Israel’s already strict interpretation of personal status questions, such as who may marry and whose conversions a...
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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The toxic brew of politics and religion
Here’s a thought experiment: Imagine your rabbi dedicating his Yom Kippur sermon to why he will be voting for Candidate X come Election Day, and why you should, as well. Now suppose the rabbi made ...
May 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jeremy Corbyn didn’t sin, so British Jews shouldn’t give up on Labour
For me, the main takeaway from the British election June 8 was that Jeremy Corbyn, the far-left leader of the opposition Labour party, didn’t win it. Most of the ridicule in the wake of the electio...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Judaism requires us to pursue the goals of the Paris climate accords
The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement has demanded that we all ask ourselves where we stand on questions of climate change, global warming and our collect...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Netanyahu calls Trump’s bluff on settlement construction
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apparently wants to convince us that he is not interested in reaching a peace deal, but in maintaining power by catering to his radical right flank and the...
Jun 14, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel critics accidentally admit there is no ‘occupation’
Noted literary couple Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have discovered a new cause: the evils of “the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians.” Having become experts on the subject after one brief ...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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From Greeley, Colo., to Manchester, England
For those — like me — who’d never really given any thought to singer Ariana Grande before the terrorist atrocity at her concert in the British city of Manchester, it took a few minutes to figure ou...
Jun 07, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Did President Trump deliver on his first overseas trip?
As I began writing this piece, President Donald Trump was flying on Air Force One heading to Saudi Arabia. There he met with leaders from the Gulf Arab states and others from across the Muslim worl...
May 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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The noxious notion of Jewish privilege
In March, anti-Semitic posters were spread across the University of Illinois at Chicago attacking “white privilege” and going further by charging that white privilege is primarily “Jewish privilege...
May 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish pride on campus is under siege, here’s what your kids can do to fight back
by Arnold M. Eisen, Guest Columnist
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 246 246 recommendations | email to a friend
Over 300,000 Jewish college students have arrived on American campuses — and what they experience there is likely not only to broaden their minds and uproot long-held assumptions, but shake their J...
As an African Israeli, I find claims of state racism against Falash Mura outrageous
by Shimon Mercer-Wood, Guest Columnist
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 232 232 recommendations | email to a friend
“We are committed to helping ensure that the State of Israel welcomes Jews of all colors.” “We say, we have black lives that matter in Africa.” “In America, race has been a central area of Jewish c...
J Street crosses the line
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 249 249 recommendations | email to a friend
Should American groups that support those living in the West Bank lose their tax-exempt status because the support fosters the entrenchment of Israeli settlements and is contrary to formal American...
A setback in space
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 255 255 recommendations | email to a friend
The Israeli Amos 6 communications satellite that was destroyed in an explosion on the launch pad last week was reputed to be the country’s most advanced. But what Israel — and the world — lost duri...
Do not underestimate Raoul Wallenberg’s priceless, timeless legacy
by Ilene Munetz Pachman, Guest Columnist
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 244 244 recommendations | email to a friend
Now that disturbing new questions surface following the horrific, but hardly definitive, answers uncovered regarding the time and manner of Raoul Wallenberg’s death, all freedom-loving people must ...
Israel and the death of progressivism
by Barry Shaw, Guest Columnist
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 237 237 recommendations | email to a friend
In my book “Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism,” I detail the discovery of a new strain of anti-Semitism that I noticed in Europe, namely the urge by haters to drive a wedge between the local Je...
The ‘altruistic evil’ of social justice for the Palestinians
by Richard L. Cravatts, Guest Columnist
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 247 247 recommendations | email to a friend
As yet another indication that the university campus has become “an island of repression in a sea of freedom,” last March a pro-Israel group, Hasbara Fellowships Canada, was barred from participati...
Jews don’t have to choose between ‘us’ and ‘them’
by Alan H. Gill, Guest Columnist
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 235 235 recommendations | email to a friend
Last month, a tiny but thriving Jewish community in the Balkans — the 250-person remnant of a majority Sephardic community nearly decimated by the Holocaust — reached out to its neighbors to provid...
Tempest in a swimsuit
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 229 229 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish publications are not known for their swimsuit issues, let alone swimsuit editorials. But the tussle over the burkini in France is fit for commentary because it exposes yet another misfire ai...
Why Tim Kaine, Clinton’s VP pick, is good for Israel and Jewish values
by Sen. Ben Cardin, Guest Columnist
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 236 236 recommendations | email to a friend
American Jewish voters have naturally voted for Democratic candidates because it has meant voting to support strong social justice and a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Hillary Clinton and her vic...