Phil Jacobs

Opinion | ‘When the Dodgers left Brooklyn’

By Phil Jacobs I was sitting in the rabbi’s office. We were interviewing for a feature story. He was Chasidic. He told me about his Brooklyn childhood,...
Jonathan S. Tobin

Opinion | Does America’s Afghanistan pullout bode ill for Israel?

It turns out that there are some things on which President Joe Biden and his predecessor agree. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Biden’s decision to...
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Opinion | If rabbis can’t talk about public policy, what’s the point of Torah?

By Rabbi Michael Rothbaum When do you call the rabbi? Sometimes to complain. (We’re Jews, after all.) But usually, a life-cycle event has taken place. A...
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Opinion | Sorry, but Zoom Judaism just isn’t the real thing

By Rabbi Eli L. Garfinkel For more than a year now, synagogues around the world have managed to continue their activities during the COVID pandemic...
Zev Hurwitz

Opinion | In student governments, Jews and Zionists need not apply

By Zev Hurwitz The story goes like this: A Jewish student is elected to the university’s student government. The student’s fitness for office is challenged by...
Jo Shifrin

Opinion | The case for a paid family and medical leave bill

By Jo Shifrin When I discovered an 18-inch hole in my mother-in-law’s wall, I realized she could no longer live alone: A swarm of termites...
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Opinion | Surge in hate crimes requires government action at all levels

By Howard Libit The FBI tells us that hate crimes have risen to their highest levels in a decade, according to the 2019 Hate Crime...
Paul Driessen and Nadav Shashar scuba dive

Opinion | Artificial reefs: For nature and peace

By Paul Driessen The husband-wife team of Ben Gurion University marine biologists Nadav Shashar and Jenny Tynyakov is on a mission. They’re spearheading an unusual...
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Opinion | Here’s a (Jewish) way to redirect your pandemic despair into purposeful living

By Alan Kadish and Michael Shmidman This last year of pandemic living has not been easy. Over 500,000 Americans have died, including countless members of our...
Ruthie Blum

Opinion | A tribute to the bereaved parents of unsung fallen Israelis

By Ruthie Blum When Israel enters the 24-hour period that marks Yom HaZikaron, the country turns its attention to individual stories of heroism and bereavement....