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  • Netanyahu critic Leon Wieseltier says Israeli PM is right on Iran deal

    August 13, 2015 | 12:02 pm

    Political commentator Leon Wieseltier acknowledged that despite his dislike for Benjamin Netanyahu, he believes the Israeli prime minister is right about the Iran nuclear deal.

    “I’ve almost never written a good word about him, so he’s right not to like me,” Wieseltier, a veteran...

  • Right, Left and Center Condemn the Iran Deal

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 28, 2015 | 11:28 pm

    With more and more voices from the right, left and center decrying the deal with Iran, it is not surprising that a majority of American's in recent CNN poll are against the deal. The more you read the agreement, and study the issues, the more you cannot help but realize that this...

  • Jewish name-calling: a note on Michael Oren, Leon Wieseltier and the art of insult

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 6, 2015 | 1:04 pm

    SHAKESPEARE said it so sweetly.

    “What’s in a name?” the Bard mused in “Romeo and Juliet,” his immortal romance about hostile households. “That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.”

    In Jewish tradition, names are taken a tad more seriously. Families...

  • What will New Republic exodus mean for American Jewish thought?

    December 9, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    Last week’s departure of most of the editorial team at The New Republic — including Franklin Foer, Leon Wieseltier, Judith Shulevitz and Julia Ioffe — didn’t just blow a hole in the landscape of American journalism. It also threw into doubt the future of what has long been...

  • A rabbi’s eulogy for Steven Sotloff

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 5, 2014 | 3:18 pm

    “Is there a sorrow greater than this?" Rabbi Terry Bookman, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Miami where I grew up, asked as he opened Friday's memorial service for slain journalist Steven Sotloff.

    "Where’s our consolation?”

    In his tribute to Steven, who was my friend, Rabbi...

  • Jews and Jim Crow

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 3, 2014 | 12:59 am

    After Shabbat services two weeks ago, I nearly quit my job.

    That reflex came after a community discussion on Michelle Alexander’s 2011 book “The New Jim Crow,” about racial injustice and inequality in America; I found it impossible to fend off very dark thoughts urging me to...

  • This week in power: Samantha Power, Wieseltier, WWII diary, Princesses

    By Danny Groner

    June 13, 2013 | 3:53 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Jews and Power
    "Samantha Power brings to foreign policy an activist impulse that many in the pro-Israel community wish was more prevalent among American diplomats Except Power, a...

  • Amid turmoil, Wieseltier sees clear path in Middle East

    By Tom Tugend

    February 16, 2011 | 11:47 am

    You have to sympathize with public speakers asked to deliver carefully prepared lectures on the situation in the Middle East, where events have a habit of overtaking incisive scholarly analyses.

    So it befell Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the New Republic, prolific writer and...