Category: Israel

Federation Blues

When a media offering chooses to not identify a quoted speaker, it loses a bit of credibility. But the words attributed to several unnamed Jewish federation leaders in a recent report in the Israeli...

A Midrash Comes Alive

At one point in an address to the United Nations Security Council earlier this month, Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., reached for a yarmulke, placed it on his head and read from...

Hideous Headline

On the first day of Pesach, Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib offered the “Jewish sisters and brothers” among her constituents Passover greetings, accompanied by a graphic that included two fluffy loaves of bread.

Bad Times, Good Times

The third one, at least for me, did the trick. The third New York Times apology, that is. The venerated publication, as most readers know by now, not long ago published an overtly anti-Semitic...

Make The Kosel Plaza Great Again

An open letter to Anat Hoffman Dear Ms. Hoffman, Many years ago, we shared a stage for a panel discussion about Israel and Judaism. But you are a well-known public figure and have appeared...

The Essence of Israel

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got into a dustup with a television personality and a movie star, many of us felt reasonably secure assuming which side was likely more Jewishly authentic. And since...

AOC and Israel

An article I wrote for JTA about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Israel can be read here.

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The Old Lady and the Triathlon

“I had to give up competing in Triathlons in America. I thought when I come to Israel I will now be able to resume. I was crestfallen to learn the triathlons are on Shabbat,...

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