Category Archives: Articles and Op-Eds

In The Face of Injustice, ‘Neutrality Is Not a Morally Acceptable Option’

Passover, the Jewish holiday commemorating the enslavement and liberation of the Children of Israel from Egypt, is right around the corner. In just a few days, Jews everywhere will gather not only to recall the story of the Exodus but … Continue reading

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Moses for President

As the U.S. presidential primary process slouches toward what will doubtlessly be a contested convention season this summer, I find myself not infrequently wondering what guidance the Jewish tradition would have for selecting our next leader. I have already written … Continue reading

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The Jewish Case Against Donald Trump

A few months ago, a New Jersey rabbi had a dream of rallying his colleagues in support of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg reportedly built a Facebook page called “Rabbis for Trump,” hoping it would attract like-minded rabbis. … Continue reading

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I Fell in Love With David Bowie and Judaism Together, for Complementary Reasons

Like millions of others, I was shocked and devastated to hear of David Bowie’s tragic and untimely death on Monday.  But as is so frequently the case, we only reflect on what someone meant to us, on what they taught … Continue reading

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Will Partisan Fight Over Iran Deal Permanently Polarize Jewish Americans?

I was on an AIPAC-sponsored trip to Israel on the day the world powers announced their deal with Iran over the latter’s nuclear program. With the American Israel Public Affairs Committee declaring its opposition to the deal early on, I, … Continue reading

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Getting Over Intermarriage

Is it just me, or do the conversations surrounding intermarriage feel more than a little unhelpful? Can a Jew marry someone from a different background? Should Jewish clergy officiate at such weddings? For decades, these questions have represented the totality … Continue reading

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The Purim story as a model for fighting anti-Semitism

The upcoming Purim holiday, based on the events of the biblical Book of Esther, reminds me of the truth in William Faulkner’s famous line, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” The Book of Esther centers on the first … Continue reading

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