Tuesday Jan 14, 2014
Against the backdrop of recent efforts in some academic circles to vilify and isolate Israel, let me put my cards on the table right up front. I’m not dispassionate when it comes to Israel. Quite the contrary.
The establishment of the state in 1948; the fulfillment of its envisioned role as home and haven for Jews from around the world; its wholehearted embrace of democracy and the rule of law; and its impressive...
Sunday Nov 24, 2013
Israel appears to have come up with the short end of the stick in the just-announced Iran deal.
While President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are going to great lengths to say that Israel ought to feel safer, at least for the life of the six-month agreement, Israel’s top leaders clearly don’t agree.
In fact, official American and Israeli views couldn’t be further apart right now.
Tuesday Oct 29, 2013
As recent surveys reveal a disturbingly large number of American Jews—millions, in fact—who feel disconnected from their Jewish identity, allow me to share what being Jewish means to me.
To me, being Jewish means entering into a partnership with the Divine for the repair of our broken world (in Hebrew, Tikkun Olam).
To me, being Jewish means recognizing that this is not work to be outsourced to a higher authority or to...
Sunday Sep 15, 2013
Here’s a quiz.
What Middle East story does the New York Times, the newspaper of record in the United States, deem so important that it devotes most of the front page of its 12-page Sunday Review section this week, including eye-catching art work, and the bulk of two inside pages?
Is it about Syria?
After all, the U.S. Administration’s surprise decision to turn to diplomacy and partner with Moscow to forge a deal...
Wednesday Sep 04, 2013
Syria dominates domestic discussion and debate, as it should. Whether and how the United States reacts to the evidence of Syrian use of chemical weapons on August 21st is a consequential matter, not to be taken lightly regardless of where one falls on the range of views.
Those for whom it’s a slam-dunk one way or the other may be missing something big.
For the full-speed-ahead, damn-the-consequences camp, pause for just one...