Donald Trump Remembers Holocaust in Washington

In a somber, conventional 15-minute speech, President Donald Trump commemorated the Holocaust Tuesday in Washington, D.C., by praising the survivors of the genocide of 6 million Jews and pledging to stand against anti-Semitism. Speaking in the Capitol Rotunda, Trump headlined the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s annual Days of Remembrance ceremony. “Despite your great pain,… Read More

Pence at AIPAC: New Man, Similar Speech

Vice President Mike Pence gave what amounted to a textbook AIPAC speech to close out the first day of the pro-Israel lobby’s annual policy conference Sunday in which he affirmed the United States’ support for Israel, spoke of his personal admiration for the Jewish state and assured the audience of 18,000 that he and President… Read More

Will AIPAC Put 2016 Discord Behind It?

Thousands of politically-savvy pro-Israel activists will come to Washington this weekend for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s 2017 policy conference. Despite a tumultuous 2016 conference, in which then-Vice President Joe Biden was booed and an AIPAC official publicly criticized remarks by then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, observers say they expect the past to be left… Read More

Oy Vey, Donald!

Full disclosure requires that I admit to voting for Donald Trump and fully supporting him as president of the United States. Of course, my friends here in New York, especially the Jewish ones, thought I was absolutely meshugah for coming out of the conservative closet. However, I saw an extremely successful businessman who, I believed,… Read More

No Third-Rate Hack Job

It is tempting to dismiss allegations of Russian hacking during last fall’s presidential election as blame shifting by sore losers in the Democratic Party and/or the work of a socially-awkward teenage hacker working from his parent’s basement. Various figures on the right, including President Donald Trump himself, have intimated as much. But faced with the… Read More

Rabbi Marvin Hier on Inauguration, American Democracy

Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance, knows a thing or two about receiving criticism. On Friday, Jan. 20, Hier  became the first rabbi since Ronald Reagan’s presidential inauguration in 1985 to contribute prayer services at the swearing-in ceremonies. One of the six diverse spiritual leaders… Read More

Baltimore’s Rod Rosenstein Nominated to Trump Role

Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney in Baltimore, has been nominated to join President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet as deputy attorney general, according to a report by The Washington Post citing a member of the Trump transition team. Rosenstein, 51, who was appointed to his current post by Republican President George W. Bush in 2005, is currently… Read More

Groups Ready for March on Washington

Progressive Jewish groups are gearing up to participate in the potentially massive Women’s March on Washington, a protest against President-elect Donald Trump that will take place the day after his inauguration. Organizers expect around 200,000 people at the Jan. 21 demonstration, which coincides with Shabbat. While Jewish organizers acknowledge that Shabbat could prevent some Jews… Read More

Hier Will Honor the Presidency

A presidential inauguration has always been a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power. This year, after a crude and divisive election campaign won by Donald Trump, the idea of a peaceful transfer has emerged in high relief. That’s what we read into the words of Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center… Read More

Obama Abstains on Israel

At the recent White House Chanukah parties — the last such affairs under the outgoing Obama administration — there were smiles and warm feelings all around between the president and American Jews. That was in keeping with the administration’s oft-repeated assertion that it is the most supportive of Israel in history. That the White House… Read More