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

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

The First Amendment Shouldn’t Be An Empty Promise To American Jews

The First Amendment’s promise of freedom of religion is an empty one if all Americans, including American Jews, don’t feel safe in their houses of worship or welcome in their communities. With FBI data showing that 58 percent of religiously-motivated hate crimes targeted American Jews in 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been making … Continue reading

For All Jews, The Shooting At Poway Chabad Hits Too Close To Home

There’s nothing quite like logging onto Twitter on a Saturday night after spending the day with family and learning that there’s been another synagogue shooting. Momentarily, you forget to breathe. Then you find yourself thinking about the dead and the injured with a knot in your stomach. Sixty-year-old Lori Gilbert Kaye should still be here. … Continue reading

Democrats To Jews: You Don’t Know An Anti-Semite When You Hear One

There’s a revolution underway. American Jews, who have been an integral part of the Democratic coalition for more than a century, are currently being made uncomfortable in their political home. And the whole thing is being live-tweeted. What’s shocking isn’t that there are anti-Semites (and those willing to tolerate them) on the political left. There … Continue reading

Democrats Need To Bounce Rep. Ilhan Omar Off The Foreign Affairs Committee, Stat

Democrats wanted to shake things up in Washington, and they have. This new Congress has raised all sorts of questions I never knew I needed to be answered, such as: How many blatantly anti-Semitic comments can a Democratic rising star make before members of her own party criticize her? And how many such statements can … Continue reading

Finding Personal and Jewish Significance in ‘This is Us’

In watching the heart-wrenching pilot for NBC’s This is Us, I connected with Mandy Moore’s Rebecca Pearson. Hugely pregnant with triplets, Rebecca was a woman whose life is on the verge of transformation. I identified with Rebecca as a wife and mother, who also happens to be pregnant with my own third child. However, since then, … Continue reading

Jewish Adoption Embraces the World

What does a Jew look like? Woody Allen famously played with stereotypes in Hannah and Her Sisters, when his secular character imagined himself through others’ eyes, complete with a black hat and beard. Of course, there has never been one right answer to that question.  The American Jewish community has become ever more varied, as intermarriage, conversion … Continue reading