Does American Jewry’s Future Include Officers Guarding Us In Riot Gear?

Passing on religious rituals was something I remember looking forward to before I became a mother. Little did I know that the Jewish High Holidays in 2019 would hardly resemble the holidays of my childhood. Growing up in the 1980s and ‘90s, anyone could walk into my suburban New York synagogue for Rosh Hashanah or … Continue reading

For once the UN calls out global anti-Semitism

Jewish year 5779 went out on a high note at the United Nations, where special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief Ahmed Shaheed released the advance copy of his report on global anti-Semitism. The organization that once equated Zionism with racism, published the ugly Goldstone report, and remains home to the ironically named Human … Continue reading

This Year, We Jews Must Put Aside Our Differences And Stand As One Against Anti-Semitism

If two Jews have three opinions, how many opinions might six million American Jews have? We’re a boisterous, disputatious bunch, as we should be. We’re also remarkably good at dividing into tribes of those who dress or think as we do. But what if identifying first and foremost (and even only) with such subgroups is … Continue reading

New Board Members Prove Women’s March Antisemitism Is A Feature, Not A Bug

The more things change at the Women’s March, the more they stay the same. This week, in an article entitled “Women’s March replaces three original leaders, after anti-Semitism accusations, with 16 board members” The Washington Post suggested a link between those charges of antisemitism and the group’s recent leadership changes. But read that article or The … Continue reading

What To Watch For As The Israeli Election Results Roll In Right Now

On Tuesday, Israel heads to the polls for the second time in five months, as polls remain unbelievably tight between the right-wing Likud and the centrist Blue and White. For Israel’s sake, I hope this is their last election for a while, but as far as America is concerned, it almost doesn’t matter who wins. … Continue reading

Bari Weiss Explains How To Fight The Rise Of Anti-Semitism

You don’t need to convince me, but for anyone who remains skeptical that rising domestic anti-Semitism is a threat, Bari Weiss’s How to Fight Anti-Semitism offers a compelling survey of the present scene. The New York Times opinion editor and writer examines anti-Semitism on the right, the left, and among Islamists. Weiss describes her book as … Continue reading

We Finally Have The Infertility Memoir Women Need To Read

It’s not every day that a writer emails to say an article you wrote motivated her to finish writing a book. But such is the case with Callie Micks. While on a writing hiatus, Micks apparently came across a book review I’d written about waiting for a better infertility memoir. She emailed, “I had a … Continue reading

Why Haven’t Republicans Stood Against Antisemitism In The Wake Of Trump’s Comments?

I can hear a pin drop. Considering how many Republicans usually race to defend the honor of American Jews (and Israel), the silence this past week has been striking. To recap, during an Oval Office press availability after meeting with the Romanian president last Tuesday, President Trump was asked about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s suggestion that … Continue reading

Europe Considers The Nazi Idea Of Requiring Jewish Businesses To Identify Themselves On Labels

Europeans are considering stigmatizing Jewish businesses — an idea last popularized by the Nazis — all in the name of neutrality. This time, the focus is on Jewish-owned businesses located in the world’s only Jewish nation state and the European Union’s not-so-subtle suggestion that Israel exists only within its pre-1967 borders. In June, Gerard Hogan, … Continue reading

No, The Israel Boycott Movement Isn’t All About Free Speech

Americans are used to being spun. Heck, we’re also familiar with being straight-up lied to. But at a certain point, we need to start calling out the falsehoods our elected officials use in describing the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. For starters, let’s consider Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. … Continue reading