On April 19, 2018, the State of Israel will turn 70. Israelis will stay home from work and fire up the barbecue. Some will party. Some will picnic. Some might even parade. But everyone in Israel will feel the holiday. Everywhere else in the Jewish world, adults will go to
Watch how a corrupt but charismatic leader who has overstayed his welcome becomes a moral plague, weakening his country’s moral fiber, tarring everyone around him. Instead of doing what great democratic leaders do – bring out the best in everyone – he’s bringing out the worst. He makes his opponents
nother year, another AIPAC Policy Conference – and, alas another round of protests. Once again, small, shrill groups of Jewish demonstrators commanded far more attention than 18,000 pro-Israel attendees. Even within the conference, people spend more time criticizing dozens of angry “IfNotNow” students rather than praising the 3,500 pro-Israel students
On March 4, thousands of Israel lovers will fill another AIPAC Policy Conference. America’s biggest pro-Israel hootenanny will feature the usual mix of learning, lobbying, networking and merry- making, particularly energized by celebrating Israel’s 70th anniversary. But – and I write as a friend and invited guest – this Policy
Last week, I ridiculed the Polish Parliament’s totalitarian law outlawing the phrase “Polish death camps.” It’s as absurd as banning phrases like “Jewish killing field” or “Hiroshima nuclear bomb” – and as unconvincing as those German neighbors who lived near death camps, smelled Jews’ burning flesh, approved the Nazi efforts
iving Trumpishly means having a vulgar, vicious president who unleashes inner demons, not better angels. Living Trumpishly means Left and Right both listening censoriously, acting self-righteously, and detesting those who dare disagree with “us,” the enlightened. Nevertheless, America is resilient.
Despite the pain and chaos Donald Trump generates, the Constitution
One hundred forty-three days ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu betrayed his own principles – and the Jewish people – by freezing the Kotel Compromise ensuring egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall that Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky had negotiated – at Netanyahu’s own direction.
Violating his own beautifully articulated goal
What Germans might call the Hotovely-Americanische Judische-wort-gewitter – Hotovely’s American Jewish verbal thunderstorm – has hit. As usual, truth and reason suffer.
Deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely is being called “ignorant,” even “antisemitic,” for noting that Americans Jews live safer, more “convenient” lives than Israelis and “most” don’t serve in
‘How can we continuing singing his tunes when we know Shlomo Carlebach sexually harassed women,” my twelfth-grader wondered during Rosh Hashana (before the latest sexual harassment scandals broke). His question triggered intense holiday-table debates that elicited wise words from one feminist friend. “I consider Reb Shlomo a tsinor, a conduit,”
We recently hosted a Shabbat dinner for some Christians visiting Jerusalem. Many described the Israel they encountered so movingly, so tearfully, that we choked up too. They hailed Israel’s resilience and heroism, Israel’s creativity and democracy, Israelis’ warmth and values. A week earlier, Orthodox Jews hosted me in Skokie, Illinois.