Voices

activists holding signs for student debt cancellation

Opinion | Why aren’t American Jews talking more about student debt relief?

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By Rabbi Emily Cohen When I finished rabbinical school in 2018, I entered the “real world” with $40,000 in student loans. I acted fast, prioritizing...
Ben Cohen

Opinion | The perils of broadcasting in Arabic

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By Ben Cohen Last week was a lousy one for the taxpayer-funded German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle, bookended by no less than two antisemitism scandals...
Charlotte Seeleman Shlenker

Opinion | My Jewish ancestors owned slaves. That’s why I’m a rabbi for racial...

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Rabbi Barry H. Block In “The Social Justice Torah Commentary,” Rabbi Brian Stoller describes a turtle-shaped dinner bell that his great-grandmother used to summon a...
Solomon Stevens

Opinion | Rethinking fundraising for Jewish education

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By Solomon D. Stevens I get requests for donations to Jewish organizations almost every day. And there is no doubt about it: Almost every request...
James Sinkinson

Opinion | How the Mizrahi Jewish story defeats anti-Zionist mythology

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By James Sinkinson Anti-Zionists are fond of claiming that Israel is a colonial enterprise of white Ashkenazi Jews — as though Jews exiled to Europe...
Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm

Opinion | Larry David has never been more Jewish than in this season’s ‘Curb’

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By Andrew Silow-Carroll “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has always been a Jewy show, but this season it is downright Jewish. On the HBO sitcom, now in its...
Ariel Kahana

Opinion | Term limits won’t help with stability

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By Ariel Kahana What do Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle, Tony Blair and Angela Merkel have in common? They’re all leaders who have gone...
Asher Lovy

Opinion | Orthodox reaction to Chaim Walder allegations must become the norm

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By Asher Lovy Allegations of child sexual abuse against Chaim Walder, the author of children’s books beloved in the haredi Orthodox market, and the uncharacteristically...
Deborah Y. Cohn

Opinion | What my research reveals about gift giving

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By Deborah Y. Cohn Since my daughters were little, the family Chanukah ritual has been for each to unwrap one gift each night of the...
Rabbi Charles Arian

Opinion | Why would he go for a run on Yom Kippur?

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By Rabbi Charles Arian The late Rabbi Richard Israel once published an essay that he later expanded into a book called “The Kosher Pig.” In...