Poll Question Screams Bias

Your political bias was astoundingly crystal in the manner in which you asked the question in the Dec. 18 Poll of the Week: “Do you believe Donald Trump’ s comments about Muslims traveling to and living in the United States disqualify him as a credible contender for the White House?” What presidential hopeful Trump called… Read More

Time to Reflect on Country’s Good

JT editor-in-chief Joshua Runyan’s Dec. 18 Opening Thoughts (“Reverse the Neglect”) brought tears to my eyes. It made me step back and remove myself from the mire and vitriol of the politics we are observing in our blessed country. It gave me pause to remove myself from the fear that outside forces have thrust upon… Read More

Boxer, Not Schayes: Are You Serious?

Why was there no coverage in last week’s JT of the death of Dolph Schayes, the greatest Jewish basketball player ever? Meanwhile, The Seen devoted extensive space to an athlete on a comeback trail in a dying sport, boxing? Why? To be sure, Schayes has no local ties (although the cantor of Chizuk Amuno Congregation… Read More

At Hillel, Fostering a Culture of Disabilities Inclusion

Standing before the burning bush, Moses asks of God, “Mi anochi?” “Who am I to be the one who goes to Pharaoh?” Though there are many reasons why Moses may have asked the question, a tip-off to what is really on Moses’ mind comes just a few verses later when Moses reminds God that he… Read More

Kaddish and My Dad: a Celebration of Life

When I embarked upon the sad journey facing a new life after losing my Dad, Neil Israel, one year ago, I was nervous about the necessity to recite the mourner’s Kaddish multiple times every day as an avel (mourner). However, I found that its rote repetition never became a burden; but rather a bracha (blessing)…. Read More

Is a Jewish Dentist a Security Threat?

The crime of practicing dentistry while Jewish would be funny if it wasn’t true. But by all appearances, that’s exactly what led a retired dentist, Dr. Gershon Pincus, to be denied a needed security clearance to continue treating patients at an off-base naval clinic in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. We would normally question such accounts as… Read More

Justice, Not Vengeance, for Freddie Gray

A protester carries a sign outside the City Circuit Court House during jury deliberations in the trial 
of William G. Porter.

The mistrial of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter, who was on trial for the death of Freddie Gray, likely satisfied no one. Most disappointed appear to be those who wanted to see Porter convicted of the charges against him: involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. The fact that there was… Read More

Our Choice to Improve

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

Among the many movies bombarding television sets this time of year are two American cinema classics, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Trading Places.” Some might balk at placing such disparate titles together in the same sentence, but each film in its own way had a remarkable effect on the viewing public in the generations after… Read More

The Importance of a United Front Parshat Vayigash

It’s not always easy to get along with your brothers and sisters, especially if they are younger than you.  They disturb you when you’re trying to do your homework. They interrupt you when you’re trying to have a conversation with your friends. They tease you about all sorts of things. They mess with your belongings…. Read More

Why Campus Anti-Racism Protests Are Bad for Jews

A day before University of Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler made headlines with a hunger strike protesting racism on campus, a coalition of 36 Jewish and civil rights organizations contacted the university’s chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, to protest a vile act of anti-Semitism that had recently occurred at Mizzou: Someone had used feces to smear… Read More