The Science of anti-Semitism

The darkest chapter of modern Jewish history involved Germany applying science to anti-Semitic degradation and violence. Seventy-five years later, the German government is still exorcising those demons, and as part of that effort, it’ll now be using scientific logic to stamp out resurgent Jew-hate within its own borders.  It’s been a long road. West Germans … Continue reading

Hey, NFL: Take up the mantle and combat anti-Semitism

Somewhat unexpectedly, the National Football League stands astride a pivotal moment in Jewish history. How do the Philadelphia Eagles (and the league more broadly) think about anti-Semitism? This week marks a turning point for Jews (and for American culture more broadly) as the NFL decides whether anti-Semitism is vile bigotry that must be stigmatized or … Continue reading

For Generation X, Midlife Bites: A Review of Why We Can’t Sleep

Jan Brady, Gen X TV’s quintessential middle sibling, appears in the introduction to Ada Calhoun’s Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis. Like Jan, Calhoun believes that Gen X (those born from 1965-1980) have been overlooked by the world, in favor of the more numerous Baby Boomers and Millennials. Calhoun makes some noise on behalf of … Continue reading

Why This Passover Will be Different From All Other Passovers

Every year at the Seders, Jews read the words of Rabban Gamliel, who instructed, “In every generation, a person must regard himself as though he personally had gone out of Egypt.” Envisioning oneself as a former Israelite slave witnessing the Ten Plagues and leaving Egypt as part of the Exodus has always been possible on … 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

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

Like Pepsi, Democrats Need To Reverse Course On Boycotting Israel

In the fall of 1983, shortly before my fifth birthday, I visited Israel for the first time. I vividly recall stopping at a roadside stand just shy of the Lebanese border. It was sunny, scorching even, and my little sister and I were parched. So our parents treated us to cold soda. We were enchanted … Continue reading

Columbia University To Vote On Divesting From Israel

In the heart of the nation’s most Jewish city, Jewish students who believe in Israel’s right to exist are being made mighty uncomfortable. And it’s not just at New York University, which is currently under federal investigation for antisemitism. Now, farther uptown at Columbia, the Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) has voted 25-12 to allow a campus-wide … Continue reading