Rockefeller BDS and Campus Anti-Semitism

The New Israel Fund (NIF) recently received a grant to “research and report on anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses.” On the surface, this appears to be a welcome development — a progressive group being mobilized to confront a major social malady plaguing institutions of higher education. Beneath the surface of the September grant, however, are vested… Read More

Meaningful Giving

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Lately my mind has been awash with thoughts pushing and pulling in all directions, motivated by my love of family (immediate and communal), my connection to Israel and the Jewish people and the needs of my new business. The connectedness of those things most important to me adds meaning to my life and inspires me… Read More

The Two Americas, the Two Israels

For those of us who watched the U.S. election from Israel, the results seemed eerily familiar. America’s electoral map is sharply divided: between blue and red, urban and rural, the coastal liberals and the conservative masses in the middle. In Israel, we call it the geographic divide between the “center” of the country and the… Read More

Dreaming of Health Care

Despite reports that the Affordable Care Act is in danger of being obliterated after the election, enrollment in the health insurance marketplace reopened Nov. 1 to high demand, with more than 100,000 people signing up for coverage in the first week alone. Anyone without insurance can enroll until the marketplace closes Jan. 31. Since the… Read More

Bannon and Breitbart: Friends of Israel

In his inspiring book “Words That Hurt, Words that Heal,” Rabbi Joseph Telushkin wrote, “Because words can be used to inflict devastating and irrevocable suffering, Jewish teachings go so far as to compare cruel words to murder.” Thus it is painful to see the malicious character assassination and false accusations of anti-Semitism being hurled against… Read More

What I’ve Learned from the Election Process

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The biggest gift I got moving to the U.S. was the gift of listening. When you are new to a place, language and culture, you have to start listening, and it is not an easy task for a native Israeli. When the election season started, I decided to stick to the listening strategy. I was… Read More

Apparently, Decency Is for Losers

In its own way, the 2016 presidential election (“It’s Trump,” Nov. 11) was a referendum on Jewish values, vis-a-vis their compatibility with contemporary American values. If the results of last week’s electile dysfunction (Alan Dershowitz’s term) are any indication, the two are monstrously adversarial. Hillary Clinton is every Jewish parent’s ideal kid: the well-prepared, hard-working,… Read More

The Gift That Gives Back to You

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With the arrival of November, Americans started to prepare for Thanksgiving. Of all the American holidays, Thanksgiving seems to resonate most with Jews, as Thanksgiving’s theme centers around hakorat hatov, gratitude. It is a time to reflect on how grateful we are for the gifts that are bestowed on us by G-d that allow us… Read More

Dismayed Jews Have a Place to Go

Americans who opposed Donald Trump have awoken in a stupor, shocked that his victory was no mere nightmare. For those who cannot envision living under a Trump regime, “I’m moving to Canada” or elsewhere no longer feels like election-year blather. But where would you go? If five million Americans, alarmed by a reckless, ruthless chief… Read More

UN’s Anti-Israel Resolutions Are Unjust

World War II taught the  international community that more needed to be done to protect at-risk cultures, especially since the war targeted the Jewish population and attempted to dissolve the Jewish identity. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), established in 1945 in response to World War II, seeks to preserve history and… Read More