Bullish on Birthright

Two years ago, Birthright Israel, the hugely successful free program that has brought half a million young people to the Jewish state for a 10-day tour, began a pilot project in which, as part of the experience, participants met with Israeli Arabs. Last week, Haaretz reported that Birthright Israel ordered its trip providers to end… Read More

Uneven Responses to Acts of Terror

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We cannot put into words the grief and pain we all feel.” This is how President Donald Trump began his response to the news that 26-year-old Devin Kelley used a submachine gun to kill 26 people in a Texas church on Sunday. We, too, grieve… Read More

Drawing Dershowitz

For decades, civil liberties lawyer and Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz has been a riveting and sometimes polarizing public figure, speaking out forcefully and provocatively on a long list of issues, many of them unpopular and controversial. A self-described liberal Democrat, he is a fearless debater and a staunch supporter of Israel. It… Read More

The Republican Party’s Challenge

With the announcements by Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee that they will not seek reelection, there has been increasing talk about the apparent collapse of the Republican Party’s center, blamed upon failed leadership from the White House. But concerns about President Trump’s fitness to lead the country may not… Read More

The Right Thing At The University Of Florida

It took a declaration of a state of emergency and $600,000 worth of security, including snipers, paid for by taxpayers, but the appearance of white supremacist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida last week passed largely without violence. That’s a very different outcome from the August march Spencer led in Charlottesville that resulted in… Read More

Opioids: A Public Health Emergency

The fentanyl-laced lollipop illustrates the double-edge sword of opiates. Invented to deliver palatable pain relief to cancer patients, the sweet combined with a powerful and addictive opiate eventually found its way out of the hospital and into the general population. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine and 50… Read More

Harvey Weinstein Is Not a Jewish Issue

Over the past two weeks, we have seen many reactions and reactions-to-reactions to the story of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long pattern of reported sexual harassment and assault of women. Most of us are simply repulsed by the allegations of unchecked abuse of power and Sodom and Gomorrah-style depravity. And for some, the reactions are… Read More

Another Instance of Repeal and Not Replace

Since President Donald Trump cannot rely on Congress to accomplish what he wants legislatively, he has reverted to lawmaking through executive order. Last week, Trump issued a slew of executive orders reversing Obama-era policies he opposes. Among the actions was the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, which committed electricity generators to strict curbs on… Read More

Needed: Sensible Firearm Regulation

There was a time — about two weeks ago — when no one but a few had heard of bump stocks, the “accessory” that makes a semi-automatic weapon work like an automatic weapon. So when returning to the debate over the role of firearms in the United States following the murder of 58 people in… Read More

Sen. Van Hollen — Wrong on BDS Bill

It’s unusual for two Democratic senators from a deep blue state to disagree. But last week at the University of Maryland, U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen acknowledged that he did not support the legislation cosponsored by his colleague, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. The bill, introduced in the Senate in March,… Read More