Is This Really Happening in NYC?

Gentrification is a serious issue in many large cities. Rising real estate values, which are generally a sign of economic health, can bring with them upper-income residents who displace lower-income tenants from developing neighborhoods. There is nothing new about this problem. But are Jews to blame for it? One Democratic candidate for the New York… Read More

Netanyahu’s German Problem

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the foreign minister of Germany, one of Israel’s oldest and strongest allies, a choice: Either meet with me or with Israeli human rights groups, but you can’t meet with both. While it is hard to believe that Netanyahu would snub Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, that is exactly… Read More

Proud, Strong Israel — Forever

As I write this, it is 10 a.m. Krakow time (4 a.m. in Baltimore), on Friday, April 28, and we are aboard IAF 002, our flight from Krakow to Tel Nof Air Force Base in  Israel. IAF stands for Israel Air Force. We will be the very first civilian group of passengers ever to fly… Read More

People of the Book How AIPAC Lost the Israel Debate

Talking about AIPAC is nearly impossible. So many contradictory statistics proliferate about AIPAC that nobody can quote them reliably. Nevertheless, one thing remains obvious. We all know AIPAC’s nowhere near as powerful as its opposition alleges. Whether AIPAC has a $25 million endowment or a $100 million endowment, conspiracy theorists would have us believe this… Read More

Sorrow and Triumph

The world just commemorated Yom HaShoah on April 23 and 24, the holiday that memorializes the Holocaust and remembers its victims, Jewish and non-Jewish. In Baltimore, the community paid tribute to Elie Wiesel. In Howard County, the community explored artifacts from the time period and held a memorial service. These poignant events were wfurther expounded… Read More

Sweet Sorrow

It’s never easy to say goodbye. It’s even harder when you know you’ll still be around from time to time. But as difficult as it is, it is time for me to bid farewell to all of you, dear readers, who welcomed me into their homes and kept coming back week to week to the… Read More

Free Speech at Berkeley

As of this writing, the University of California at Berkeley is still planning to host a speech by conservative provocateur Ann Coulter. This is after the university canceled Coulter’s planned appearance at the invitation of a Republican student group, citing security concerns. The move brought to mind the violence in February that preceded the cancellation… Read More

A New Dawn at the UN?

On Sunday, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres made a series of statements that were unusual for the world body and its chief executive. He vowed to take action to end anti-Semitism and called denial of Israel’s right to exist a modern form of anti-Jewish hatred. Granted, he was speaking to the World Jewish Congress, an… Read More

Behold the Power of Man Parshat Tazria-Metzora

The mitzvah of circumcision in the portion of Tazria appears in the midst of the discussion of the impure and pure periods immediately following childbirth. And our Sages specifically derive from this ordinance that the ritual of circumcision overrides Shabbat: “‘On the eighth day, [the child’s] foreskin shall be circumcised’ — even if it occurs… Read More