Extremism in the Defense of, What?

Thus far, the Republican presidential sweepstakes has resembled a video game, where the contenders shoot each other with invective, and the score is tallied by opinion polls and the size of supporter donations. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s score appeared to be approaching zero last week when he declared he was ending his quest for the… Read More

The Pope’s Prescription for Congress

Pope Francis’ visit to Capitol Hill brought much praise and generous applause. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)

One of the most widely reported highlights of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States was his historic visit to Capitol Hill last Wednesday. In the first-ever address by a pope to a joint meeting of Congress, Pope Francis tackled several humanitarian subjects that he urged U.S. lawmakers to address. On immigration, he told the … Read More

Ann Coulter, the Hateful Bigot

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has a reputation for sharp words and jarring rhetoric. But she went too far in a Twitter post during the final minutes of last Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate. Following a number of references to Israel by debate participants, Coulter tweeted: “How many f—-ing Jews do these people think there are in… Read More

A Step Backward

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses a Trades Union Conference earlier this month. (Mary Turner/Getty Images)

Britain’s Labour party recently took a major step backward when it elected Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader. Corbyn threatens to take Labour from a modern center-left party to one that is far left, and that makes us and many others very nervous. There is good reason to be concerned. Corbyn has taken positions that… Read More

Treating the Cause of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Migrants and refugees with temporary documents board a ferry to take them to Athens at the port of the Greek island of Kos.

There is no question that Europe should take in refugees fleeing violence in Syria, as should the United States. Israel also could take in refugees, as opposition leader Isaac Herzog has called on the government to do — even though we recognize the issues of concern that must be addressed before such a move is… Read More

The Meaning of Religious Freedom

In the American folk-hero sweepstakes, Kim Davis doesn’t come close to Norma Rae or Rosa Parks. Davis is the clerk of Rowan County, Ky., who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and served five days in jail for contempt of court. In playing out her act of defiance, Davis was not speaking religious-freedom… Read More

Argentina’s Unsolved Mysteries

Argentina is saddled with two unsolved mysteries. The first is the source of the 1994 AMIA Jewish center bombing attack in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people, for which the government has never brought charges. In January, prosecutor Alberto Nisman was hours away from presenting evidence of a government cover-up of the attack when he… Read More

Let the Senate Vote

Legislators have until Sept. 17 to vote on the Iran deal.

All that remains now is the vote. With Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s announcement last week that she will support the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama has enough committed votes to sustain his promised veto of congressional legislation to oppose his signature foreign policy initiative. Now, the White House is counting heads of the remaining… Read More

A Year of Quiet in Gaza

Aug. 26 marked a year since a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza went into effect, ending 50 days of rocket fire into Israel and Israeli air-and-ground military retaliation. While the possibility of another war breaking out soon appears to be low, little is being done to rebuild Gaza, home to 1.8 million Palestinians… Read More

Pew Views Orthodox Jews

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The Pew Research Center’s “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” released two years ago, provided a snapshot of the community that immediately became the basis for vigorous discussion and soul searching. Last week, Pew released “A Portrait of American Orthodox Jews,” based on the same 2013 data. It shows a population — 10 percent of the… Read More