‘Seeds of Love’

Shirley J. Shafran (Jerri to all who know and love her) has relinquished the reins as  Congregation Kneseth Israel’s  pre-school director. Jerri is known for her laughter and giving hugs. She is as beloved by her staff as she is by the children. Her caring, friendship and boundless love for the children is evident by… Read More

Asleep at the Switch on BDS

In recent years, BDS has become the scourge of the organized Jewish community and the government of Israel. Everyone from B’nai B’rith International to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that the movement to boycott, divest and sanction the Israeli economy is not only anti-Israel, but also anti-Semitic. This past Tuesday, Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Danny… Read More

Shaky Steps in Building the Party Platform

Humorist Will Rogers once famously remarked: “I’m a member of no organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” That decades-old quip appears to be today’s political reality on the left, as tensions continue to mount between the camp of presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton and the partisans supporting Bernie Sanders, raising questions about the achievability of Democratic… Read More

Power of Choice

Editor-in-Chief

We may take it for granted — the growing battles in state capitals throughout the American South and Midwest to limit reproductive choice, notwithstanding — that women today, in ideal, law and practice, are masters of their own destiny. As one is poised to  become the first of her gender to stand atop a major… Read More

Modesty Matters

Last week, I attended a conference at the Newseum in  Washington, D.C.  I and many of my colleagues approached the restrooms on our break only to find out that in  response to bathroom correctness, the Newseum had placed “Family” signs over the men’s and women’s restrooms and installed locks (“It Is Bigotry, Not Religious Freedom,”… Read More

Writer Off Target

In a JT Your Say letter (“On Closer Inspection,” May 20), Steve Weissman criticizes the David Samuels interview of Ben Rhodes, an adviser to President Barack Obama, in which Rhodes talks about misleading the nation regarding the negotiations with Iran. The interview was discussed  in a May 13 JT editorial,  “Misleading with Contempt.” The original… Read More

Will Supreme Court Make Children Unsafe?

Should all children’s playgrounds be made as safe as possible or should some be denied safety improvements because of bigotry? This question is at the core of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court this year. We at the Orthodox Union argued to the justices that they must strike down an antiquated anti-religious amendment to… Read More

Pro-Peace, Not Anti-Israel

Over the last several years, mainline Protestant denominations have become increasingly active in their opposition to Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria, known to the rest of the world as the West Bank. The territory is where Palestinians hope one day to establish a state. In support of that effort, the churches have turned to… Read More

Netanyahu Leans Right

With his offer to bring the ultranationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party into his governing coalition, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has probably formed the most right-wing ruling coalition in the country’s history. And with his offer to make party leader Avigdor Lieberman defense minister, Netanyahu is putting  Israel’s formidable armed forces into the hands of a… Read More