Opinions

OP-ED: After this pandemic, higher education will have to leave the ivory tower

By GARY SAUL MORSON and MORTON SCHAPIRO 

EVANSTON, IL. (JTA) — As longtime faculty members, we have been considering how academic life might change for the better after the pandemic. One of us also happens to be a university president who is called upon to offer a compelling vision for his...
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OP-ED: Frontline workers are heroes. We can show our appreciation as we repair our world.

By RANDI WEINGARTEN

NEW YORK (JTA) — These past few months have surely tested our understanding of the Talmudic saying to save one life is to save the world. We must continue to live each day by caring for the people who have carried us through this crisis and caring...
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OP-ED: We Israelis couldn’t visit our loved ones’ graves this Memorial Day. Still, we remember.

By AVIAD FRIEDMAN

TEL AVIV (JTA) — In 2017, a senior representative of an Asian nation ended her tenure in Israel. We were neighbors and in a meeting, before she headed home, she told the residents of our apartment building how she had served in many posts across the world,...
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OP-ED: Burial societies and funeral homes are overwhelmed. Cremation isn’t the solution.

By RABBI SHLOMO BRODAY

MODIIN, Israel (JTA) — Recounting past plagues isn’t pleasant, but Jewish history is replete with leaders whose decisions can help us address the challenges we’re facing during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

In particular, rabbinic authorities throughout history have done their best to protect the public while also...
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OP-ED: Preventing Zoombombing and how you can make your meetings even more secure.

By JONATHAN GREENBLATT

NEW YORK (JTA) — Just a few weeks ago, most Americans were not familiar with the concept of Zoombombing. But as the COVID-19 pandemic forced many business, community and even social meetings online, Zoom increasingly became the platform of choice for videoconferencing. The rapid growth in its use came...
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OP-ED: Comedians understand the Middle East better than experts

By MITCHELL BARD

Nearly 20 years ago, comedian Larry Miller (not Dennis Miller, as some believe) explained the Mideast conflict better than any expert. He said: “Five hundred million Arabs; five million Jews. Think of all the Arab countries as a football field, and Israel as a pack of matches sitting in...
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OP-ED: Jeremy Corbyn in historical perspective

By BEN COHEN

– The era of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the opposition Labour Party in the United Kingdom mercifully came to an end last week, with the election of the more centrist-minded Sir Keir Starmer as his successor.

For Jews in Britain, especially, the four-and-a-half years that...
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Staying home will save lives this Passover — so spread the word

By SAMUEL HEILMAN

NEW ROCHELLE (JTA) — Jewish holidays, typically times of joy and gathering, have this year become times of increased danger and foreboding.

Particularly among the observant and Orthodox communities, Purim was — and now Passover will be — occasions when following tradition as usual can be deadly. The spirit...
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OP-ED: This is not a Passover for despair

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

– For most of us, this is the saddest Passover we can recall.

The coronavirus pandemic is unlike any previous trauma we’ve lived through. Nothing, not even the 9/11 attacks, brought our world to an extended collective halt the way the efforts to contain...
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OP-ED: The coronavirus pandemic: A wake-up call

By RICHARD SCHWARTZ

The present coronavirus pandemic should be a wake-up call for the urgency of eliminating, or at least sharply reducing, the consumption of animals.

Food and health experts agree that the pandemic began due to the consumption of a wild animal at one of China’s many live animal...
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