Modulate the Outrage

It is well known that Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is soliciting and receiving support from evangelical Christians. And if it turns out that some of them are blinkered and offensive, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Every group has its crazies. Cruz is being supported by Kansas evangelical Pastor Mike Bickle, who… Read More

Large Shoes to Fill

This year’ s presidential primaries have been intense. There is, of course, a lot at stake. And while some may have hoped that the shouting, finger pointing and recriminations might abate as the field of contestants narrows, the sudden passing last Saturday of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia changed all that. Scalia, an iconic figure… Read More

Bernie Sanders and the Jewish Question

Thanks to Bernie Sanders’ strong showing in the early Democratic presidential primary races, America is finally having its Jewish moment. While American Jews are relatively well-to-do and integrated into the country’s social, political and economic fabric, the Vermont senator’s predicted win in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary has raised questions of what role his being a… Read More

A Building Block at the Kotel

Controversy still surrounds the Western Wall, even with the compromise. (Deror Avi via wikimediacommons)

You can tell that a true compromise was reached on a matter by the number of people on both sides of the issue who are dissatisfied with the result. And so it is with the agreement on egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall compound below the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. While hailed as a breakthrough… Read More

Steps in Restoring Justice

Today, there are an estimated 100,000 Americans in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. Ten thousand of them  are federal inmates. A fraction of those federal prisoners will benefit from President Barack Obama’s recent executive order to remove the most vulnerable from solitary  confinement. The president’s directive is an important step but just a start, in… Read More

We Are All Jews, and More

President Barack Obama: “We’re called to live in a way that shows that we’ve actually learned from our past. And that means rejecting indifference.” (AUDE GUERRUCCI/UPI/Newscom)

President Barack Obama delivered a historic address last week at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Speaking on International Holocaust Remembrance Day as medals were given to families declared righteous gentiles by Yad Vashem, Obama spoke passionately about “the reality that around the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise,” even going so far as to repeat… Read More

A Day School Umbrella

On many levels, Jewish day schools are flourishing in the United States. Notwithstanding our nation’s many good public school  systems, high-quality private school opportunities and a history  of integrating immigrants, Jewish day schools have successfully  offered an alternative that seeks to balance Jewish knowledge and culture with quality secular education and an involvement in and… Read More

Vice President Biden’s ‘Moonshot’

Vice President Joe Biden goes on the attack against cancer. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Last year, cancer killed an estimated 589,430 Americans. And despite recent advances in treatment, it stubbornly remains a leading cause of death. Can Vice President Joe Biden lead an American offensive that will vanquish the dreaded disease once and for all? We hope so. And while we acknowledge the danger of buying into the “moonshot”… Read More

Obama’s Regret

President Barack Obama  used his final State of the Union  address to appeal for unity. (Evan Vucci/Newscom)

In his final State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama reminded the country that optimism and hope are the tried-and-true American responses to hard times and to demagogues. Although he didn’t refer to a specific Republican candidate by name, it was clear that in attempting to return to the grand philosophical vision… Read More

Responding to North Korea

Last Friday, South Korea resumed its high-decibel loudspeaker propaganda attack against North Korea, which two days earlier had tested a nuclear weapon in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. As the hermit nation led by Kim Jong Un suffered the ear- popping onslaught of K-pop songs and weather reports, talks were underway elsewhere on how… Read More