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I’m An Observant Jew. Here’s Why I Want More Americans To Come To Jesus

There’s no doubt Kanye West has found religion. Listen to the musically arresting “Jesus is King,” and you’ll hear a powerful, positive case for a personal relationship with G-d. But will secular Americans heed his call? Considering that we’re living in historically peaceful and prosperous times, it’s notable how misery stalks many Americans like a shadow. … Continue reading

‘Modern Love’ Episode Illustrates The Dangers Of Dating Dad

Senior year of college, a close friend was over the moon about her new beau and wanted to set me up too, as the newly coupled are wont to do. She identified the perfect candidate, a recent college graduate who soon left a voice message inviting me to watch a movie at his place. This … Continue reading

Give Women What They Want: Revive The Rom-Com

SPOILER ALERT! One night this summer, I had nowhere to be and nothing particular to watch, so I let Amazon recommend a movie. They got me right by recommending a rom-com starring Ethan Hawke, whom I’ve loved ever since “Reality Bites.” But they got me oh, so wrong by selecting “Juliet, Naked.” Now, given that … Continue reading

No, Men Don’t Need To Be More Like Women

Why does American culture constantly tell women to be more like men? The New York Times recently ran an op-ed entitled “Enough Leaning In. Let’s Tell Men to Lean Out,” opposing the assertiveness movement’s message that women should aspire to male standards. I found myself nodding along with the critique of “this fist-pumping restyling of feminism” … Continue reading

Empire’s Abortion Debate Is Muddled, But Improved

Spoilers for “Empire,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Scandal” ahead.  Sometimes we all need a mulligan.“Empire’s” writers just took one on abortion. I don’t blame them. The last time abortion arose on Fox’s music-oriented soap opera, the whole storyline felt too pointed. It existed seemingly only as a messenger, which never works well storytelling-wise and works even … Continue reading

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