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  • Letters to the editor: Immigrants, Trump, kosher rules and more

    August 17, 2016 | 10:36 am

    Immigrants and America

    Rob Eshman’s analysis of the world situation that Stephen Miller’s great-grandfather faced as an immigrant versus that presently addressed by Donald Trump regarding immigrants from Muslim countries is fatally flawed in at least three ways (“Stephen Miller,...

  • Can you be Jewish and Liberal? The evidence says: not so easy

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 12, 2016 | 4:08 am

    What kind of question is this? Of course you can be Jewish and liberal. Millions of American Jews prove it every day of their lives. They are – Jewish Americans – the most liberal group in America. And they are – well – Jewish Americans. That is to say: Jewish.

    And yet, the...

  • American Jews: Trump is yours

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 2, 2016 | 2:38 am


    Next time an American friend – I have many – tells me that the Israeli political system is impossible to understand and detrimental to my country's future – and they often tell me that – I will respond by giving him the spreadsheet of the delegation count for Super Tuesday.


  • Some Passover reflections

    April 7, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    I love Passover. It's one of my very favorite Jewish holidays. For more than 3 score years I have enjoyed the richness of the rituals, the exotic and tasty food, and the story about a struggle for freedom, some would say a never-ending struggle, and I won't argue...
  • When Jews are bigoted against Conservative Christians

    By Dennis Prager

    October 1, 2014 | 10:11 am

    Over the last 20 years, I have probably spent as much time with Evangelical Christians as with fellow Jews — in private settings, speaking at churches, on listener cruises, in my home and in their homes.

    I have come to admire and in many cases love these people. 


  • Answering readers’ comments on “Israel’s Fair Weather Fans” (second round)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 14, 2014 | 4:14 am

    I am responding to a very small percentage of comments and questions following my article Israel’s Fair Weather Fans. You can find the first round of responses here. I will repeat the two main points that I tried to make in my original New York Times article: 1. Israel isn’t going...

  • The Shavuot Challenge: Connecting Liberal American Jewish Males to Jewishness

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 14, 2013 | 5:15 am

    There’s no better and more timely reading recommendation for Shavuot eve than Patrilineal Descent in American Reform Judaism, a paper recently published by the Jewish People Policy Institute (which I incidentally work for, in case you didn’t know). Its author, Prof. Sylvia Barak...

  • December 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 13, 2012 | 2:09 am


    Liberal American Jews, Tzipi Livni, and the Israeli Consensus

    Evelyn Gordon of Commentary Magazine chides liberal American Jews for a stance on settlements that is at odds with even Israel's most dovish politicians.  

    After all, if the settlement blocs will be...

  • October 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 17, 2012 | 3:57 am


    Overcautious Obama

    The United States must take the lead in Syria in order to rescue the people, the region and the American image, writes Anne-Marie Slaughter for Project Syndicate.

    No one speaks for the Syrian people in the Oval Office every morning. No one adds...

  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Q & A with Author Eric Greene [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 5, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    Eric Greene is a civil rights activist and the regional director of the Progressive Jewish Alliance & Jewish Funds for Justice.  But I didn’t first meet him as a result of my job at the Jewish Journal.  Rather, it was the late 1990s and Eric was lecturing on the original five...

  • Finkelstein picked up at Ben Gurion and banned from Israel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 24, 2008 | 4:33 am

    The image “http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/img/photos/sc/31506_santacruz_540.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

    Yesterday, I got a chuckle when I learned that Israel had denied entry to Norman Finkelstein, the son of Holocaust survivors who has made a living criticizing Israel and, recently, has been a cheerleader for terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. Good for Israel, I thought. I...

  • L.A.‘s defenders of Israel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The notice shocked Karen Klein, head of Students for Israel at Cal State Northridge: Norman Finkelstein, the much-maligned scholar who wrote "The Holocaust Industry" and has spoken glowingly of Hezbollah, had been invited by the provost to lecture for three days this week at her...
  • Whither the Left?

    By Amy Klein

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Gallup reports from Israel and the West Bank on Israeli public opinion regarding the Middle East peace process

    When, after seven years of violence, President George W. Bush brought the Israelis and Palestinians together last November to resume peace talks at Annapolis, right-wing...
  • Politics of liberal and conservative Jews reverse

    By Arnold Steinberg

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, I spoke to Reform rabbinical students in their class on "Jewish Political Tradition." Which is, exactly, what?

    My expertise, I told them, is politics, not theology. Here was my dilemma: to talk reality or defer to the orthodoxy of Reform Jews, which is to say, political...

  • Burning Man’s hot Shabbat on the Playa

    By Scott Einbinder

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Now I can imagine how the Jews felt wandering the desert thousands of years ago.

    Labor Day weekend, I went on a pilgrimage, with my girlfriend, Sue Ellen, to a vast, very dry, very dusty and, as it was the end of the summer, sizzling hot lake bed on the outskirts of Black Rock,...

  • Is turnabout fair play for 110th Congress?

    By James D. Besser

    November 30, 2006 | 6:59 pm

    Last month's electoral earthquake means the 110th Congress, which convenes in January, will look very different from its do-nothing predecessor. But gridlock, the dubious hallmark of the past few sessions, will continue unless leaders in both parties decide to start working across...
  • A Four-Part Fight

    By Jill Stewart

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is picking a fight with longtime powers in Sacramento instead of trying to be everybody's pal, raising a question of whether he can bring voters along with him who are torn by their desire for good government but angry over mounting partisanship.


  • GOP’s Tough Task

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The race for the Democratic presidential nomination has taken a fateful turn in the past several weeks. The rise -- or re-emergence -- of Sen.

    John Kerry of Massachusetts, the decline of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and the withdrawal of Sen. Joe Lieberman make the quadrennial...