The Holocaust will never be retro chic

Armani, known for being sleek and polished, recently stumbled. Big time. It all started in early April when a private citizen named Janet Rosenblatt spotted a striped jacket in the window of Armani’s Beverly Hills store. Given how common stripes are, that wouldn’t have been noteworthy, except that Armani’s navy-and-gray vertical stripe design strongly resembled a concentration-camp prisoner’s uniform. … Continue reading

What Nick Cannon’s response to his anti-Semitic comments can teach us about cancel culture

TV personality Nick Cannon recently spoke to ABC’s Soul of a Nation about repentance. It was Cannon’s first televised interview since last summer’s anti-Semitism scandal and offered some insight into Cannon’s current thinking, as well as anti-Semitism scandals more generally. To recap the underlying incident, Cannon hosted Professor Griff, who was ejected from rap group Public Enemy in 1989 over anti-Semitic … Continue reading

Investigate Frontier Airlines for anti-Semitism

Sometimes people tell such different versions of a story, you marvel that they’re even talking about the same thing. Such is the case with Frontier Airlines Flight 2878, which was supposed to leave Miami for New York’s La Guardia Airport on the evening of Feb. 28 but never did. The “why” varies depending on who’s … Continue reading

An Iran that doesn’t exist

As the Biden administration eyes reentering the nuclear deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, it received a couple of reminders recently of the dangers of trusting such states.  On Dec. 23, an Argentine federal court acquitted Carlos Telleldin, who was “charged with supplying the truck that was used in the deadly terrorist bombing of … Continue reading

Andrew Cuomo has been holding back New York’s vaccination effort

If there was a masterclass on exemplifying competent, adaptive leadership, New York would not be qualified to teach it. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tragic call on nursing homes last spring showcased how public policy mistakes can cost lives. Yet, the way New York’s coronavirus vaccine rollout is being managed has risked endangering even more lives. The rollout has … Continue reading

Georgia Jews: Vote Republican

It’s rare to vote for U.S. Senate races knowing who holds the other 98 seats, but that’s where Georgians find themselves facing down a run-off election. And fellow Jews, if you’re still undecided, it’s time to vote strategically. With Joe Biden heading to the White House and Democrats narrowly controlling the House, a Republican-controlled Senate … Continue reading

EU court prioritizes animals over Jews and Muslims in backing ritual slaughter ban

What a way to bookend a year. In January, the world marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. World leaders gathered and solemnly promised, “Never again.” Here we are in December, and while there is no new Holocaust, Europe is making Jews and Muslims feel remarkably unwelcome in their own homes. On Thursday, the Court … Continue reading

HOLOCAUST ANALOGIES AND TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY VICTIMHOOD

Food Network chef Alton Brown recently starred in his own Holocaust-related Twitter controversy. After angering some fans by sharing that he has voted for Republicans in the past, Brown wrotein since-deleted tweets, “Do you think the camp uniforms will be striped, like the ones at Auschwitz or will plaid be in vogue?” Someone responded, “Depends on … Continue reading

Douglas Macgregor’s anti-Semitic comments disqualify him from serving at the Pentagon

The staff of acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller recently grew, as retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor was appointed as his senior adviser. Such an announcement would typically be ho-hum staffing news but not in this case.  Macgregor has made fairly extensive comments about “the Israel lobby,” which he claims has bought off high-level American officials, including … Continue reading

In Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ Final Book, Wisdom for a Divided Nation

Americans faced tremendous challenges in 2019, but 2020 has turned the temperature way up, increasing pressure on families, civil society, and government. It’s been a year of stress and strain for many, bringing into sharp relief both social issues requiring urgent attention, as well as our common humanity and shared vulnerability. That makes this a … Continue reading