Voices

Phil Jacobs

Opinion | ‘When the Dodgers left Brooklyn’

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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....