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OP-ED: I resisted the call to include non-male voices every time I taught Torah. Then I tried it.

By AVIGAYIL HALPERN 

(JTA) — Many of my fellow rabbinical students and friends are enthusiastic about a new strategy for elevating women’s voices in Torah study into the beit midrash this fall.

The Kranjec Test — named for Danielle Kranjec, the Jewish educator who created it — holds that collections of texts known as source sheets must include at least one non-male voice. It’s the Jewish studies equivalent of the...

OP-ED: Does loving Christmas make me less Jewish?

By MEGAN SELIGMAN

(JTA) — It is a question I have struggled with for years.

I proudly identify as a Jewish person. I attend a Conservative synagogue on the High Holidays, keep kosher in my house and recite the Shabbat prayers on Friday night. I attended Jewish day school as a child and continue to speak Hebrew (albeit not well).

But there are some things I do that others would argue...

OP-ED: Belgian Shechita Ban ignores major considerations

By RICHARD SCHWARTZ

The recent Belgian government ban of shechita (Jewish ritual slaughter) overlooks some important considerations.

First, it ignores the many problems related to stunning, their preferred method of slaughter. These are thoroughly covered in the book “Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry” by Gail Eisnitz. Through many interviews with slaughterhouse workers and United States Department...

OP-ED: In COVID-aid bill scrum, Israel becomes a familiar scapegoat

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

– There’s much to complain about when it comes to the process and the end result of the massive $900 billion coronavirus relief stimulus bill that just passed Congress. No matter which side of the political aisle you are on, the legislation was a mess. It is, at one and the same time, both insufficient to the needs of a country in distress as...

OP-ED: European hypocrisy laid bare in kosher-slaughter legal judgement

By BEN COHEN

( – Last time I checked, the French were still preparing their famed foie gras delicacy using the method of “gavage.” This involves force-feeding a duck or a goose with grain passed through a tube over a period of several days so that its liver swells to approximately 600 percent of its normal size. The point is, if you don’t put the bird through this plainly...

OP-ED: Chanukah isn’t a major Jewish holiday. This year, maybe it should be.

By RABBI SARI LAUFER

(JTA) — Allow me to let you in on a little secret: Chanukah is many things — but Jewish Christmas it is not. The rabbis of the Talmud have far more than eight answers to the question “What is Chanukah?” But for all of the answers they give, from the familiar story of the miraculous oil to the victory of the Maccabees over a mighty army,...

OP-ED: ‘Everybody did it’ is a poor excuse for FDR’s response to the Holocaust

By RAFAEL MEDOFF and STEPHEN H. NORWOOD

Every frustrated parent has at some point had to deal with a child who justified his misbehavior on the grounds that “everybody else was doing it.” That’s what one expects from a kindergartener. It’s not what one expects from a spokesman for America’s most prominent Holocaust museum, as a way of justifying President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s response to the Holocaust.

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OP-ED: How will Biden respond to Iran’s ‘no’ to a new deal?

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

– We didn’t have to wait until after Jan. 20 for the first exchange of positions between the next American administration and the Iranian regime. In an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, President-elect Joe Biden erased any doubt that the United States will re-enter the nuclear deal with Tehran. And rather than waiting to give their response, the Iranians shot back immediately that they...

OP-ED: Justice (and anti-Semitism) you shall pursue

By CAROLINE GLICK

– Over the past week or so we have been witnessing the emergence of a new sort of anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party. The new form of Jew-hatred is a combination of anti-Zionism and identity politics. It is convoluted and hard to follow. But contradictions and all, it has arrived. And Jewish Americans, sensing the partisan disposition, are adapting themselves accordingly.

The...

Israel’s Arabs are finally waking up

By HAIM SHINE

– The winds of peace and reason that have been blowing between the State of Israel and the Arab Gulf and moderate Sunni Arab states are quickly drawing closer to Israel’s Arab citizens, many of whom are coming to see that, for decades, they have been held hostage in the service of the Palestinians.

For years, and under both left- and right-wing...