Thursday, February 02, 2023


When Dreams Meet Reality

Last Shabbat we read Paashat Miketz. It marked the 10th time we have read this parsha since the fall of 2009, which marked the low point of the Great Recession of 2008. During that time unemployment was close to 10% and the Dow was under 9000. Since that time, unemployment has dropped by almost two-thirds and the Dow has more than


Why Do American Jews Oppose An Israeli Consensus on Settlements?

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this week that the United States no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be in violation of international law, most Israelis were clearly pleased. But a good portion of American Jews weren’t. This tells us more about American Jewish priorities and indifference to


Socialism Becomes the Anti-Semitism of the Enlightened

In recent years, socialism—the ideology that gave birth to some of the worst horrors of the 20th century—has made a comeback. Only 30 years after it was consigned to an unlamented grave with the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is making its political return.

Part of this surge in sympathy for


The Importance of Day School Education

In many Jewish homes, the conversation around the Shabbat table regularly circles back to day school education. Families are grateful that their children attend wonderful schools with resources and opportunities well beyond what my generation had access to. At the same time, they are often deeply troubled and stressed by the burden


Israel Needs to Wake Up With Regard to the Iranian Threat

Israel marks the anniversary of the 1973 Yom Kippur War this week, a war that cost thousands of young Israelis their lives.

The war caught Israel completely off guard because Israeli intelligence analysts had been wedded to a paradigm that had them convinced war was very unlikely.


Israel’s Flailing Democracy

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that she is opening an official impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump struck many Israelis as yet another sign that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump are in the same boat. Both are being hounded by legal elites who will stop at nothing to oust them


A Nation Divided About Netanyahu, Not the Peace Process

A fundamental shift in Israeli politics ought to make “national unity” coalition possible were it not for the debate about the country’s “indispensable man.”

The answer as to who will govern Israel now seems to rest in the hands of a few politicians playing a game of “chicken”


When the Walls Fell



Except for the day of 9/11, I have never felt as broken as an SAR teacher as I did this week. But I have never felt prouder either.

I have been teaching Judaic studies at SAR Academy for over 20 years. I remember the atmosphere on the day the Twin Towers came down, when we were staggering around, seeking


Israel Has Every Right to Block Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Not even we believe people are entitled to visit simply because they demand it.

Israeli officials have decided to block U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering their country, a reversal of policy that President Donald Trump seems to have prompted.


The More Things Change: Israel and Intersectionality

In an earlier column, I noted how common it is for people to act as though history begins with the present, and to lack perspective on the issues we face in the Jewish community and on college campuses. Way back in 1986, I observed that, like today, the most vociferous detractors of Israel were not Arab students, but members of other


Hamas, Islamic Jihad: ‘The Circle of Fire Is Expanding’

As Egypt, the United Nations and other parties are pursuing their efforts to prevent an all-out military confrontation in the Gaza Strip, Hamas and its allies are forging ahead in their development of various types of weapons with which to attack Israel.

The Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad, the


Does Israel Need More Allies Than Just America?

A new Likud Party advertisement has generated a fair amount of attention in the Israeli press. On the outer walls of the party’s Tel Aviv headquarters, banners hang 10 stories down depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands with President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister

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