OP-ED: When America questioned my grandmother’s loyalty


HOUSTON (JTA) — After my grandmother Jeannette died in December 1996, the process of settling her estate worked in the same way it does in most families: There was a house to be sold and possessions to be distributed.

The surviving family members were left...
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OP-ED: Kristallnacht, 80 years later

Everything old is new again, says the popular song and adage. The old threat of anti-Semitism, which we saw rise to a horrifying degree during the rule of the Nazis in Europe, had never extended to our country’s shores, especially in the modern era that followed World War II. That...
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OP-ED: On Bari Weiss, Franklin Foer & the values that sustain our people



 — Are Jews who like President Donald Trump’s policies on Israel making a deal with the devil?

Last Friday on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” New York Times op-ed editor and writer Bari Weiss made this comment in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh tragedy:

“I hope...
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OP-ED: Why Mike Pence’s prayer with ‘Christian’ Rabbi Loren Jacobs was so insulting to Jews


In the summer of 2003, I was a chaplain candidate in the U.S. Navy, training to serve the religious needs of the Navy’s fighting men and women. There were about 40 of us in my Chaplains School class, mostly Protestant ministers, a few Catholic priests, myself...
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OP-ED: The unthinkable becomes reality

The events of Saturday, October 27, are still raw and unsettling. Within a few hours, we knew the face and name of hate. It took almost 24 hours before we would learn the names and faces of his 11 victims and those of the six he injured, two still in...
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OP-ED: Throwing Megyn Kelly under the bus


It would seem that holidays and NBC’s Megyn Kelly don’t necessarily agree with one another. A few years ago during the holiday season when she was still a Fox News host, Kelly infamously proclaimed that “Santa is white” and concluded that “Jesus was too.”

Never known for...
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OP-ED: Why are pro-Israel voices joining the whisper campaign against Jamal Khashoggi?

By RON KAMPEAS   WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two weeks after he disappeared, Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Washington Post columnist, is getting his reputation run through a wringer, and some pro-Israel voices are joining the pile-on.

Even as gruesome allegations emerge that he...
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OP-ED: Will U.S. continue Faustian bargain with Saudis?


For decades, many in the United States looked the other way as the Saudis undermined U.S. values and interests. Then the Saudis committed an unpardonable sin that merited the media’s attention — they made a journalist disappear. Without the media uproar, it’s likely that the Trump administration would have looked the other way; even...
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OP-ED: The Price of Saudi Friendship


 — In one sense, the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Kashoggi after he entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, last week is pretty much business as usual for the Riyadh regime. Saudi Arabia is a tyrannical theocracy run as a family business by the descendants...
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OP-ED: This is the gravest threat to the future of liberal Judaism


NEW YORK (JTA) — Something is rotten in the state of liberalism that threatens the future of progressive Judaism.

Jews who call themselves “liberal” join organizations seeking to boycott, divest and sanction Israel in disproportional numbers. They lead the attack against Israel with a kind of...
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