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Rabbis against balance

By David Suissa

December 4, 2013 | 1:28 pm

A screen shot of Theodore Bikel in the Rabbis for Human Rights video.

You can abuse people, and you can also abuse values. Take two great Jewish values: self-criticism and caring for the stranger. How would one abuse such values? By lifting them up at the... read full article

  • ‘Thanksgivukkah’? Not quite

    By David Suissa

    November 25, 2013 | 6:22 pm

    It’s taken American Jews a good century to fully absorb the miraculous idea that this country is unlike any other that Jews have experienced. After 2,000 years of feeling insecure no matter where we pitched our tents, the people of Moses finally found safe harbor in the land of...

  • U.S. suckers on the loose

    By David Suissa

    November 20, 2013 | 3:38 pm

    When I see the earnest and eager John Kerry globe-trotting the world in his sharp business suits trying to convince mullahs not to build a nuclear bomb, I can’t help but have these politically incorrect thoughts that are loaded with stereotypes.

    The most obvious stereotype is...

  • Obama: Lies and Consequences

    By David Suissa

    November 13, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    We teach our kids two things about honesty: One, that “honesty is the best policy,” which means that, ultimately, it’s in one’s interest to be honest. An honest reputation is good for business, telling the truth will keep you out of trouble, and so on.

    Parents who aim even higher...

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  • Best. Site. Ever.

    By David Suissa

    November 6, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    It’s common these days to micromanage what information we receive. Many of us have a list of favorite Web sites and blogs we regularly go to, as well as Facebook pages and mobile apps that reflect our individual tastes and ideologies. It’s a way of maintaining some level of control...

  • Obamacare: Glitches or death spiral?

    By David Suissa

    October 30, 2013 | 11:27 am

    It’s not easy to wrap your mind around a program as complex as Obamacare, which features 381,517 words in its actual bill and 11,588,500 more words in added regulations.

    Thankfully and mercifully, in trying to understand this migraine-inducing puzzle, I found some relief in one...

  • Judaism vs Americanism: An oasis of ideals

    By David Suissa

    October 23, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    In the great, century-long love affair between America and the Jews, it’s tempting to assume that Jewish and American values are perfectly aligned. 

    While there’s certainly some truth to that idea — especially with values such as the striving for human freedom — it’s also true...

  • Open Judaism

    By David Suissa

    October 16, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    There’s a nasty food fight going on right now in the Orthodox world between the stringent groups and the more open ones.

    This latest brouhaha was ignited when the “open Orthodox” Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) yeshiva invited non-Orthodox rabbis and scholars to a roundtable...

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