All About Shmuley

What’s with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and why is he attacking Eric Fingerhut, the president of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life? We have watched with interest as Boteach has expanded his areas of influence and claimed expertise. He moved from serving as a Chabad rabbi at Oxford University to styling himself an expert on… Read More

Not Just ‘a Bunch of Folks in a Deli’

Flowers fill a street next to a synagogue in Copenhagen, where a Jewish guard was 
killed on Saturday.

Was last Saturday’s deadly attack outside a Copenhagen synagogue during a bat mitzvah celebration resulting in the murder of a Jewish guard an anti-Semitic act? The question must be raised in light of the similarity to last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris, where gunmen killed four at a kosher market and another 12 at the… Read More

The Jordanian Option

Has the gruesome execution by immolation of Jordanian air force Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh tipped the balance in the Arab world against the Islamic State? The swift calls in Jordan for revenge and “relentless” war, apparently part heartfelt and part orchestrated, and the kingdom’s new openness about its airstrikes against Islamic State targets suggest that some… Read More

Schabas Rests

As chairman of a three-person U.N. human rights panel appointed to investigate violations during last summer’s Gaza war, Canadian law professor William Schabas was deemed by many to be biased against Israel. Last week, the Israeli government, which had not cooperated with the panel, prompted Schabas’ resignation by publicizing a legal opinion he wrote on… Read More

No Closure Yet for Kesher Israel

Leading and running a congregation is a labor of love requiring much hard work and a certain amount of selflessness. The leaders, members and staff of Kesher Israel in Georgetown have demonstrated that and more since the arrest in October of Rabbi Barry Freundel and his subsequent firing. The sensational nature of the charges —… Read More

The Fallout from Dermergate

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As Benjamin Netanyahu’s man in Washington, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer has succeeded in identifying himself more closely with his prime minister than any other envoy in the nation’s history. That may be why the criticism that has hit Netanyahu for his planned address to Congress in March has spilled over to Dermer. As the top… Read More

Obama’s Word About Israel

It has become President Barack Obama’s custom in the last several years to include a word about Israel in his State of the Union address. In 2013, he promised that America “will stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace.” In 2014, with Israeli-Palestinian peace talks underway, he said the goal… Read More

A New AMIA Bombing Victim

Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who had accused 
Argentine President Cristina 
Fernandez of orchestrating a cover-up in the investigation 
of Iran over the 1994 bombing 
of the AMIA Jewish community center, was found dead in 
his apartment.

With the death by gunshot wound of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, the investigation into the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires has ground to a halt. Nisman was hours away from presenting his evidence to an Argentine congressional committee when he was found dead at his home on Jan. 18. Some… Read More

Making Education Affordable

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Americans are facing three realities regarding higher education: the rising cost of college, onerous student loan burdens and an increasing demand for a college education. With an undergraduate degree now considered the minimum ticket to the middle class, attaining one has become more difficult and often prohibitively expensive, particularly for lower-income students. President Obama’s proposal… Read More

No Hoax in Paris

There is a disturbing counter-narrative about who was behind this month’s terror attacks in Paris that led to the deaths of 14 innocent people. Listen to Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “The duplicity of the West is obvious,” Erdogan told reporters. “As Muslims we have never sided with terror or massacres. Racism, hate speech, Islamophobia… Read More