With Friends Like This

Anyone who would like to know what a tell-it-like-it-is, shoot-from-the-hip president is like can look to the Philippines and its leader, Rodrigo Duterte. A 71-year-old populist, Duterte fought drugs while he was mayor of Davao by allegedly ordering death-squad killings. When he took office as president in June he promised more of the same. Since… Read More

Is Caesar the Answer?

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act is a bipartisan bill designed to sanction the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad for mass murder and crimes against humanity. The bill would also sanction entities that support Assad, namely Russia and Iran. The Obama administration is reportedly seeking to weaken the bill, in an apparent attempt to avoid… Read More

Common Ground

Editorial Director

Sukkot is my favorite holiday, and let me tell you, it couldn’t come at a better time. That’s odd for an admitted political junkie to say, I know, but after the revelations late last week in the presidential race — for those in the know, they were the vilest to date — I’ll be enjoying… Read More

A Failure of Leadership Parshat Haazinu

This is one of the shorter sections of the Torah, and it is made up almost entirely of a breathtaking and chastening poem. The term “awesome” tends to be overused today, but this poem is truly awesome.  Unfortunately, the power of the Hebrew rhythm and poetic style is lost in the English translation, but we… Read More

ZOA Should Join ADL

Jonathan Greenbelt, ADL national director (JTA/Courtesy Anti-Defamation League)

Instead of attacking the venerable ADL (“ADL’s Greenblatt Embraces Controversy, Bemoans Rancor in Community,” Sept. 30), Mort Klein and the Zionist Organization of America should be joining hands with it in combating the anti-Semitic white supremacists who openly support the presidential  candidacy of Donald J. Trump. Wait a minute. Mort Klein can’t really do that, inasmuch as the ZOA’s primary financial… Read More

Hillary Clinton for President


The election of 2016 has thrown a light onto many aspects of the American Dream that have either been ignored or given short shrift in recent years. The unsuccessful primary campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders brought out the enthusiasm and frustration of young middle-class Americans burdened by school debt and fearful that a prosperous future… Read More

Shall We Really Pursue Justice in Baltimore in 5777?

After Baltimore’s uprising in 2015, many of us reflected, “What can I possibly do to make a difference?” In working with Jews United for Justice (JUFJ), Baltimore-area Jews channeled their drive for justice toward passage of a police reform bill that included many important changes. Local lawmakers, who came to play such a pivotal role… Read More

Justice for 9/11 Victims’ Families

Americans have little warmth for Saudi Arabia. Despite its strong strategic relationship with the United States — its vital oil supplies acted as a counterbalance against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, and now Iran — the desert kingdom shares little in common with American values. It exports Wahhabism, a radical form of orthodox Sunni Islam. Its human… Read More

Shimon Peres

A cartoon by Israeli Amos Biderman making the rounds last week showed Shimon Peres climbing the steps to heaven. Waiting to greet him, wearing robes, wings and haloes, are three former prime ministers: Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, who is puffing on a cigarette and in front with arms outstretched, and David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime… Read More

Sadly, More of the Same

Avi Weiss

The Orthodox Union has chosen a group of seven rabbis for the purpose of providing, according to the OU, “guidance regarding the ordination of women and related issues such as the broadest spectrum of professional roles within the shul that a woman can perform.” This initiative seems misguided. First, while the issue of women in… Read More