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  • Obama needs a better job

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    I feel bad for President Barack Obama. Here is a decent, intelligent, articulate man who had all the qualities to be a brilliant candidate but somehow ended up in the wrong job.

    As I see him running out the clock on his second term, gamely trying to appear in control but clearly...

  • Tribal and human

    By David Suissa

    3 weeks ago

    I was born and raised a tribal Jew, which basically means putting your “Jewish family” first. In the Jewish ghetto of Casablanca where I grew up, you didn’t hear words like “social justice” or “tikkun olam.” There were no Jewish protests for the rights of Arab janitors, or Jewish...

  • Why Shavit struck a nerve

    By David Suissa

    March 19, 2014 | 11:08 am

    It's rare to see a passionate critic of Israel resonate with so many passionate defenders of Israel. And yet, Ari Shavit seems to have pulled that off with his new book, “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel.”

    In my right-wing circles, many people are talking about...

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  • Women and Torah: Masking words

    By David Suissa

    March 12, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    Especially during this time of year, when many of us disguise ourselves for the holiday of Purim, the idea of masks is usually associated with people. Even in politics and everyday life, we talk of people masking their real intentions or hiding behind a façade.

    But in Judaism,...

  • Charedim should start with ‘thank you’

    By David Suissa

    March 5, 2014 | 10:37 am

    Put yourself in the shoes of an Israeli mother whose son was killed while serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). On television, you watch close to half a million Ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrate last Sunday against a bill that would force some of them to serve in the IDF, which...

  • And the Oscar goes to ... Israel?

    By David Suissa

    February 26, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    There’s a good chance that when they announce the winner in the Best Documentary Feature category at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, it will be the Egyptian film “The Square.”

    It’s one of my favorite movies this year. Throughout the film, which follows the uprisings in Tahrir...

  • Replace Foxman with Seinfeld

    By David Suissa

    February 18, 2014 | 6:18 pm

    It’s not easy being the head of an organization like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), where you’re faced daily with this paradox: The more anti-Semitism and examples of bigotry you uncover, the more money and support you raise. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it just means...

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