Trump’s Man in Jerusalem

Donald Trump says he wants to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and in David Friedman, the president-elect has nominated an ambassador to Israel who reflects the belief that Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal capital — nothing more and nothing less. Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who has for years represented Trump and his… Read More

Lighting the Season

One of the neat things about living in Israel was that for most of the country, Dec. 25 was just another day. Aside from the news coverage surrounding festivities in the Christian parts of Jerusalem’s Old City, we all went about our business. If it was Chanukah, we put our menorahs in our windows or… Read More

The Ballad of Julia Ioffe

Julia Ioffe is, by all accounts, a sharp and insightful journalist. If her name is familiar to you, that may be because she spent a good part of 2016 chained to the rise of Donald Trump. Her April GQ profile of Trump’s wife, Melania, led to a torrent of abuse and threats against the 34-year-old… Read More

Which Is the Greater Chanukah Miracle?

As we prepare for the festival of Chanukah, it behooves us to revisit the significance of the lights of the chanukiah, as well as the Al Hanissim and Hallel praises that mark our eight-day celebration. Based on the text of the prayer of Al Hanissim (literally, “for the miracles”), which appears in the thanksgiving blessing… Read More

Editors: Take Note

Just a friendly kvetch. I read the JT’s “Two Firsts for Area’s JNF Add Up to Exciting  Future” (Dec. 16), and the first paragraph is confusing because it doesn’t mention the “post” to which Orly Shalem was appointed. I had to read through to the sixth paragraph to learn that she is the new JNF… Read More

Civil Liberties at Risk

Several “Your Say” letters in the past few weeks have questioned the strength of the Democratic Party since Donald Trump’s presidential victory last month. The real situation is that the party racked up around three million more votes than Trump. Furthermore, Trump won with one of the lowest electoral totals. Trump’s strategy was to call… Read More

Saving a World by Changing Lives

Recently my wife, Lynda, and I participated in a World ORT mission to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. This opportunity to experience the work of this wonderful organization and its valuable educational network was as energizing as it was concerning, regarding the sustainability of Jewish life in Russia. Through a network of 17 schools in… Read More

America’s Schools Need to Think Small

About 27 kids sit in the average public school classroom. For a new crop of education entrepreneurs, that number is nearly perfect — for an entire school. These entrepreneurs are rebelling against the educational status quo by bringing the centuries-old one-room schoolhouse into the 21st century. They maintain new “micro schools” leverage technology to give… Read More

A ‘Big’ Celebration

Growing up as an only child, for some of the time raised by a single mother, I long harbored a fantasy of what life would be like with a sibling. That’s why today — especially in the midst of the chaos of a house with eight children — I can take a deep breath and… Read More

An Epidemic of Hopelessness

The health news last week from the federal government was startling. Overall, mortality is up and life expectancy has fallen for the first time since 1993, particularly for Americans under age 65. It appears that the progress in longevity that we have come to expect is reversible. Some of the deaths may be linked to… Read More