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

Anti-Semitism Mars The Olympic Spirit

Every two years, countries put aside petty differences to join hands and sing “Kumbaya” at the Olympics. Or, more accurately, we don’t. Notions of friendly competition between nations and “the Olympic spirit” are wonderful theory, but politics always seems to intrude. There are peoples who have had trouble getting along since forever. For example, Britain’s Independent reported … Continue reading

Soapy ‘Quantico’ Reflects Increasingly Ugly Racial Tensions

“Quantico” is sleek and suspenseful. On its soapy surface, it’s a show about fighting terrorism while looking hot. Dig a little deeper, though, and the show teaches us something about lingering stereotypes, including those about American Jews and Israelis. Pop culture can influence viewers’ opinions and even spur social changes, for good or ill. For that … Continue reading