Jewish Journal

  • New rule: Fanatics can’t use Twitter

    By Rob Eshman

    21 hours ago

    Each week, we are forced to bear witness to hideous acts of terrorism committed on a piece of barren sand thousands of miles away, then transmitted to our eyeballs via miracles of modern technology, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, the Internet.

    Evidently, fanatics...

  • Anti-Semitism creeps into ‘Natural Childbirth’ movement

    by Wendy Kenin

    1 day ago

    It’s the special treatment reserved for Jews that earns the anti-circumcision “intact-ivism” movement the label “anti-Jew.” And it’s the large space created for intactivist representation within the natural childbirth movement which unfortunately poisons this otherwise effective...

  • Let soldiers and haredim swap roles

    by David Benkof

    1 day ago

    Controversy over haredi military service roils Israeli society, but respect for each side’s concerns and values can help resolve it.

    Haredim believe Jews of all backgrounds are equally commanded to learn Torah. So Israel could diffuse Torah study by allowing non-religious,...

  • The day I met Chuck Todd

    by Mojdeh Sionit Afshani

    1 day ago

    “The Watergate” was just a name I had read in history books before I actually stepped in that glorious complex in the fall of 2001.

    With a folder of papers under my arm and a bag hanging from my shoulder and a… pounding heart, I got out of the elevator into the third floor of...

  • Oh so sorry

    by Marlene Adler Marks

    2 days ago

    I’m sorry I haven’t eaten more hot dogs. 

    Saturday is Selichot, the time when the whole Jewish world sings with Connie Francis, "I’m sorry," and vows to do better next time. Many of us are focused on the wrongs we’ve done to others, or even to God. 

    This year, however, as I...

  • Are Jews losing their story?

    By David Suissa

    2 days ago

    As we look back on the triumphs and failures of the past year, let’s reflect on one of the perennial shortfalls of the Jewish world — how we consistently overlook the importance of teaching the extraordinary story of the Jewish people. 

    When I say “the story of the Jewish...

  • In “My Opinionation”: Looking Back on Blossom

    by Vanessa Waltz

    2 days ago

    My interest in Blossom blossomed relatively late, since I discovered the television show well after it stopped airing on NBC. When Blossom premiered in 1991, its title character was fourteen. I was seven—and more interested in Garfield and Friends than Blossom and Co. Instead, ...

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