Seven changes coronavirus will have on contemporary life

Coronavirus  feels more like a sci-fi movie than real life, and yet, here it is. COVID-19 has taken over everything. We email, text, and talk about it.  It’s widely feared. And if you look at any news source, there really is no escaping it. Looking longer term, there’s reason to believe that this season of … Continue reading

What It’s Like To Have The National Guard Shutting Down Your Town Over Coronavirus

It’s not every day you see a detailed map of your hometown splashed across the news. Then again, the National Guard was never asked to set up a containment area there — until now. So if you’re wondering what it’s like to have my New York hometown figure prominently in the story of a virus … Continue reading

How Bad Is Antisemitism In Europe? Surveys Suggest It’s Rampant

The Belgian city of Aalst celebrated this year’s Carnival with grotesque displays of overt antisemitism. Revelers mocked the Wailing Wall, with some dressed as ants in Hasidic hats and others as Nazis. That theme continued in Campo de Criptana, Spain, where Carnival participants dressed up as Nazis and concentration camp prisoners, flanked by chimneys. The … Continue reading

The United Nations Releases An Anti-Israel Blacklist

If there’s one group you can count on, it’s the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Their members are not terribly concerned about human rights, particularly within their own borders, but they sure are consumed by hatred for Israel. In March 2016, UNHRC decided the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights should release a blacklist of companies … Continue reading

Why Does The Oxford English Dictionary Say Some Ethnic Slurs Are ‘Derogatory’ But Not Others?

The next time you hear someone describe antisemitism as a problem of the uneducated, suggest they flip through the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The august dictionary recently published a slew of new words for inclusion, many with a Jewish connection. That would all be ho-hum, if it weren’t for the way some of these words … Continue reading

Do Gen X Women Want Power Like Nancy Pelosi’s Or Like J. Lo And Shakira?

The conventional wisdom has it that women become invisible once they pass 40. But in a week when the three newsiest women have all been part of that demographic — Shakira, J. Lo, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — women who are decidedly visible, the better question may be, what sort of visibility do women … Continue reading

Saying ‘Never Again’ Means Nothing If It’s Not Backed Up With Actions

Think back to when you first read “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.” (If you never did, you should.) Did you wonder what it would have been like to be Anne? What about what it would have meant to hide and protect Anne’s family? Some people imagine they would have been part of The Righteous Among … Continue reading

National Review Shouldn’t Join The Left In Blaming Jews For Antisemitism

Sometimes even a publication you’ve long admired gets things horribly wrong. In this case, it’s National Review, which just published an incredibly problematic article, “Anti-Semitic Attacks Shine Spotlight on Long-Simmering Tri-State Tensions,” written by Zachary Evans, attempts to explain rising antisemitism in the New York area. It’s a question demanding answers, especially in light of … Continue reading

Joy Behar Is So Trump Deranged She Just Applauded A Neo-Nazi

“The View” co-host Joy Behar was horrified by 2017’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, until she wasn’t. And all it took to change Behar’s mind was a single tweet. On January 7, Unite the Right organizer Richard Spencer tweeted, “I deeply regret voting for and promoting Donald Trump in 2016.” On Wednesday, Behar read … Continue reading

Pretending Racism Against Jews Is Only The Right’s Problem Is Fueling It

It’s time to have a national conversation about antisemitism. Not an abbreviated one that starts with neo-Nazis and ends with the alt-right. No, a real one. For the mainstream media and many public officials (cough, Bill de Blasio, cough), it’s been convenient and even preferable to discuss antisemitism in that one, narrow way. Like a predictable … Continue reading