Opinion

BY Abe Novick
January 18, 2013

Last year, it was the most watched television event in U.S. history with almost 111 million viewers. And in 2013, Israel will be represented. The Olympics? Nope. Hint: It’s the American version of the ancient spectacles at the Roman Coliseum. Yes, it’s the Super Bowl, and late in the fourth quarter of this year’s broadcast, CONTINUE »

January 18, 2013

Once counted among Central European countries making a steady transition from communism to liberal democracy, Hungary is increasingly a cause for concern. Much of that concern focuses on the anti-Semitism and racism of politicians belonging to the country’s far-right Jobbik party, the third largest in Parliament, and the government’s weak or non-existent response to mounting CONTINUE »

January 18, 2013

What’s notable about Jack Lew as President Barack Obama’s choice for treasury secretary is not that he is an Orthodox Jew who will somehow be a novelty in government. Lew is a 30-year Washington veteran, with impressive experience in government. Among other things, he is a former budget director for Presidents Obama and Clinton and CONTINUE »

BY Paul Foer
January 18, 2013

We all have opinions, yet some of us are more outspoken, partisan, dogmatic or ideological than others. Some are unquestioningly convinced not only of the correctness of their beliefs, but also — at the same time — of  the stupidity of mine. I am especially disturbed when Jews direct their close-minded ire toward any other CONTINUE »

BY Rabbi John Franken
January 18, 2013

A month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, two haunting images are seared into my mind. The first is the smiling countenance of 6-year old Noah Pozner, the youngest of the 20 children to die in the shooting. Noah was hit 11 times and buried in a blue tallit that he will never CONTINUE »