Opinions

OP-ED: What happens when Israel is your lowest priority?

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

 The good news for U.S. President Donald Trump coming out of a new poll of Jewish voters is that he shouldn’t take their indifference about his pro-Israel policies too personally.

The survey published this week that was conducted by Greenberg Research for the Jewish Electoral Institute...
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OP-ED: Sorry, Rashida Tlaib – Israel was not a consolation prize after the Holocaust

By ROBERT ROZETT

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Recent assertions made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib regarding the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel have no foundation in the historical record.

In this imagined version of history, after the Holocaust, the Jews were awarded a consolation prize — the establishment of Israel...
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OP-ED: Why hasn’t Mel Gibson been cast out in Hollywood?

By EMILY BURACK

Mel Gibson is anti-Semitic. This isn’t just a guess, it’s actual fact based on things Gibson has said. He’s also a misogynist, racist, homophobe and all around (seemingly) terrible person. Yet he’s still working in Hollywood. Why?!

In case you think I’m overreacting, let’s take a walk...
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OP-ED: One thing we should do for Mother’s Day? Be ourselves

By DANIELLE AMES SPIVAK

 Last month in The New York Times, author Claire Cain Miller identified how our ever-changing economy is beginning to present new challenges to women in the workplace.

As a mother to three children, a wife to a very busy plastic surgeon, and executive director of the nonprofit American Friends...
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OP-ED: I left Israel because of terror attacks. After Pittsburgh and Poway, I don’t feel safe in the US anymore.

By DORIT SASSON

PITTSBURGH (JTA) — The April 27 shooting at the Chabad of Poway, which left one woman dead and three people injured, was a devastating tragedy for the American Jewish community. As an Israeli expat who has made a home in Pittsburgh, it made me feel more vulnerable...
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OP-ED: In the wake of another deadly synagogue shooting, we need Holocaust education more than ever

By JANICE WEINMAN and ELLEN HERSHKIN

(JTA) — On the Shabbat morning of April 27, Hadassah member Lori Gilbert-Kaye was murdered while celebrating Passover at the Chabad of Poway. The synagogue’s rabbi, a male congregant and an 8-year-old girl were wounded as well by the self-avowed white supremacist shooter.

We know that anti-Semitism...
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OP-ED: Ducks in a barrel

By ALAN SMASON

As news reports came out of Poway, California, it occurred to me that I was experiencing a sickening form of deja vu. Yet another lone, white and radicalized gunman bearing an assault rifle had violated the peacefulness and sanctity of Shabbat in order to kill Jews.

Like...
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OP-ED: Notre-Dame will be rebuilt – but most European Jewish sites never will be

By RUTH ELLEN GRUBER

BUDAPEST (JTA) – Architecture and built heritage can be powerful symbols.

Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the most famous and familiar buildings in the world, visited by an astonishing 30,000 people a day, or 13 million people a year. It is embedded in global collective consciousness and...
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OP-ED: Assange’s anti-Semitism revisited

By BEN COHEN

 When the fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange first holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London seven years ago, “Brexit” was an unknown word, Donald Trump was still hosting “The Apprentice,” and the Iran nuclear deal was just a twinkle in the eye of U.S....
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OP-ED: I’m an Orthodox rabbi who is going to start officiating LGBTQ weddings. Here’s why.

By RABBI AVRAM MLOTEK

NEW YORK (JTA) – A queer friend of mine from a haredi Orthodox background had posed a query publicly on social media. She had attended a conference on LGBTQ inclusion. There she learned a practice of certain Catholic priests who described going into gay bars in...
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