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

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

When a Jew Travels to Poland

Once, when a Jewish person  announced plans to visit Germany, friends would ask, “Why would you want to go there?” They were obviously unaware of Germany’s move from its past — evident in the handsome German-Jewish History Museum, the encouragement  of new Jewish communities throughout the country and the opening of a touching outdoor memorial… Read More

Anti-Semitism: Danger to Us All

My father, Haim Hendrick Roet, a Holocaust survivor from the Netherlands, addressed the United Nations General Assembly in January during its annual Holocaust memorial ceremony with this poignant cri de coeur: “Looking back 70 years,” he said, “it is heartbreaking that as a world, we did not learn enough from the Holocaust.” Eight months later,… Read More

In Breast Cancer Testing, Knowledge Is Power

Five years ago, on a whim, Cindy, a 27-year-old Jewish woman, decided to pursue  genetic testing through an online laboratory. She wasn’t expecting any surprises because she had no family history of cancer or increased risk factors. She was young and living a healthy lifestyle. But Cindy’s results indicated that she had tested positive for… Read More

Donald, Israel and the Jews

It’s that time of the year, shortly before a presidential election with control of Congress also on the line. The American Jewish community is, as usual, asking a perennially problematic question: Which candidate will be best for  Israel? For the last 26 years, as executive director of a Jewish communal relations organization and as someone… Read More

Why Banning the Burkini is Possible in France

Every society is, in large part, the product of its history. France is no exception. In analyzing the widespread attempt by French municipalities to ban the full-body female swimsuit known as the burkini that some Muslim women insist on wearing on public beaches, it is  essential to understand the historical underpinnings of the concept of… Read More

Making a Commitment

The Hebrew month of Tishrei — October this year — is a time when we, as Jews, look at the world, from an inward and outward perspective. Beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and concluding with Yom Kippur, we engage in soul-searching and inner  reflection on how we want to live our lives…. Read More