Among Cleveland’s Orthodox Voters, Reluctance Reigns

“She’s accumulated a fair amount of warts.” She is “proven to be  dishonest and difficult to trust.” “I thought as secretary of state she should have been fired.” That’s what some Orthodox supporters of Hillary  Clinton in the Cleveland area are saying about their candidate. And some Donald Trump backers? “I wouldn’t even say he’s… Read More

The Jewish Vote: Senate Races to Watch

Hillary vs. Donald is sucking all the air out of the room. Consider: The first woman major party nominee battling a reality TV star. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, bragging in a 2005 video about sexual assault, then denying it when a dozen women corroborate his braggadocio. The seemingly never-ending Hillary Clinton email scandal, with… Read More

Report Cites Anti-Semitism in Trump Campaign as Factor in Hateful Tweets

When the Anti-Defamation League released its report last week saying Donald Trump supporters were “disproportionally responsible” for a rash of anti-Semitic tweets targeting journalists during the presidential campaign, it stopped short of accusing Trump’s campaign of anti-Semitism. But Danielle Citron, a member of the ADL’s task force for the study and a law professor at… Read More

Bibi, Barack Part Amiably as Chilly US-Israel Relations Thaw

When President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for what was likely to be the last time as leaders of their countries, the most  important thing they said was “see you soon.” Netanyahu’s invitation to Obama to visit Israel post-presidency augured a thaw in U.S.-Israel relations, which was also seen in remarks by… Read More

ADL’s Greenblatt Embraces Controversy, Bemoans Rancor in Community

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) national director Jonathan Greenblatt, coming off an inaugural year after the retirement of longtime leader Abraham Foxman, is not afraid to call the prime minister of Israel out in an international forum. The same can be said for embracing causes that, on their face, are not inherently “Jewish.” But whereas some may… Read More

Jewish Mothers Assemble to Connect with Heritage

The realization  of Israel’s wonders is a “life-changing experience” that has a ripple effect from generation to generation. That was the universal message heard at many points by more than 300 Jewish women from nine countries who gathered at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center earlier last week for the Jewish Women’s Renaissance… Read More

Obama’s $38B Aid Package to Israel Comes with Caveats: It’s Generous, But On His Terms

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s near parting gift to Israel, a guarantee of $38 billion in defense assistance over a decade, distills into a single document what he’s been saying throughout eight fraught years: I have your back, but on my terms. The agreement signed Sept. 14 in the State Department’s Treaty Room increases assistance… Read More

Donkey Redemption Is Rare Ritual in Judaism

CHERRY HILL, N.J. — The Torah is specific when it  describes what a Jew should do about his first fruits, his first harvest and his firstborn male children. Is it any wonder that it is equally precise about what to do about a firstborn donkey? Such was the subject of a rare mitzvah performed last… Read More

What’s a Republican Jew to Do?

Jews who vote Republican and make  national security both at home and in Israel their main issue every four years continue to wrestle with the question of the day: “Should I support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in his bid for the White House?” Washington-area Republicans have struggled with the GOP candidate’s hostile rhetoric and… Read More