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

Wrong Address for Political Statements

In the series of demonstrations that followed the election of Donald Trump, one of the targets of Jewish protestors has been the Jewish Federations of North America. The JFNA building in Washington, for example, was a stopping point in a Nov. 14 march of IfNotNow, a group that until the election focused on opposition to… Read More

The Effect of a Thwarted Attack

How do you measure the impact of a thwarted terror attack? Last week, French authorities arrested seven men after an eight-month investigation, averting what the interior minister said may have been a “coordinated attack aimed to hit several sites simultaneously.” Just think back to the coordinated terrorist attacks around Paris in November 2015 that killed… Read More

Feeling Thankful

There can never be too much gratitude. And Thanksgiving is a powerful opportunity for all Americans to join with their family and close friends to share a festive meal, maybe to watch football and hopefully to count their blessings. Communities do this, as well, and the annual interfaith Thanksgiving service has long been the opportunity… Read More

Serving up Shalom at a Post-Election Thanksgiving

It was just a few weeks ago, on the night of Nov. 8, that my family had all anxiously exchanged text messages as we watched the election results trickle in. State by state, my Hillary-loving family saw our hopes slipping away — and now, too soon, we are going to have to gather around the dining… Read More

A Legacy of Kindness, Generosity and Love Parshat Chayei Sarah

Ironically, this week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah (“Sarah lived”), is not about Sarah’s life but about her legacy. Beginning with mention of her death and of Abraham’s great mourning for her, the parshah primarily focuses on the Bible’s first story of betrothal, namely that of Isaac to his cousin Rebekah. The relationship between their engagement… Read More

No Harassment

Why would customers be troubled by Trump supporters (“Trump Supporters at Goldberg’s Trouble Customers,” Nov. 11)? Trump supporters were handing out political materials to people passing by. It is standard operations before an election to encourage voters to support their nominee of choice. The Trump supporters were not harassing people, and they did not express… Read More

JT Story ‘Biased’

I was very disappointed to read the JT’s biased and untruthful “Trump Supporters at Goldberg’s Trouble Customers” (Nov. 11). I was there canvassing for Dr. Mark Plaster along with the Trump supporters and truck. There was absolutely no antagonizing patrons going on, and, in fact, none of us involved ever made contact with any of the… Read More