The Spooky New Face of Anti-Semitism

On Wednesday, Pope Francis waded into the ongoing discussion about anti-Semitism. He told a Jewish audience, “To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism.” What exactly is anti-Semitism? The term has been bandied about so often and in so many different contexts lately, we must consider whether … Continue reading

Matisyahu Fights For The Freedom to Sing

Mrs. Garnett, my 9th grade art teacher, taught us that an artist’s job is to be bold and use his art to confront society about its flaws. However, sometimes, it’s an artist’s life experience that is actually more instructive. Take, for instance, American Jewish Reggae singer Matisyahu. Matisyahu was scheduled to perform at Spain’s Rototom Sunsplash Festival on August … Continue reading

Justin Timberlake, Zionist

I never understood people’s obsession with Justin Timberlake. Sure, he’s a good dancer, and some of his songs are catchy, but what’s so impressive? Last week, he changed my mind, though. I was smitten by Timberlake’s Instagram photo of his praying at the Kotel, or Western Wall, in Jerusalem. Clearly I’m not the only one … Continue reading