america surrenders

Syrian move hurts deterrence, boosts Islamists

The decision by President Donald Trump to pull back troops from northern Syria in the face of a likely Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces is a blow to American deterrent power in the Middle …

america surrenders

Israel’s pals rip Trump on his betrayal of Kurds

Jewish and pro-Israel groups reacted unfavorably to President Donald Trump’s decision on Sunday evening to withdraw U.S. forces from northeast Syria, ahead of an expected invasion by Turkey …


Everything I’ll never know because my father died

Abba, are you there? You died four-and-a-half years ago but I still forget sometimes. I was driving in sixth gear the other day. I went to exit the freeway and, on the off-ramp, I downshifted …


Anti-Semitic crimes in NYC up significantly in ‘19

The number of hate crimes against Jews in New York City has risen significantly over the first nine months of this year, part of a citywide increase in such offenses. The New …

from the heart of jerusalem

Sukkah in Auschwitz: Beyond illusion

A number of years ago, I struck up a friendship over Pesach with a Holocaust survivor, a former inmate of the Janowska work camp and Auschwitz. Towards the end …


Teens help to excavate Bronze Age ‘megalopolis’ in northern Israel

A 5,000-year-old metropolis, the largest uncovered in Israel to date, has been excavated near Ein Iron, northeast of Hadera. The city …

first person

I'm tired of having to prove myself as a Sephardic Jew

My freshman year in college, I met a woman who identified as a Mizrahi Jew. When I told her I was Sephardic, she was shocked. Taking a look at my blonde hair and green eyes, she laughed. She …


Balkan twist: A special Sephardic chicken soup

Sephardic chicken soup with lemon and egg, or sopa de huevos y limon, is a traditional first course for breaking the Yom Kippur fast among Jews from Turkey, the Balkan states …


Including emotional intelligence in our thoughts

In March 2015 I had a public conversation at Yale with the university’s president, Peter Salovey. The occasion was the 60th anniversary of the Marshall Scholarships, created by the British …


What happened to the PA ‘diplomatic tsunami’?

Was only eight years ago that supporters of Israel were trembling at the possibility that support for the Jewish state would soon be washed away by a “diplomatic tsunami” that would …


Jewish rep gets flak for challenging Trump

Joe Deleon voted for Donald Trump for president in 2016 and Elaine Luria for Congress in 2018. But now that Luria is backing an impeachment inquiry, he’s not …


Sukkos prep at Darchei Torah

Rav Eliyahu Saldinger teaches his second grade talmidim at Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway about the lulav and esrog, important mitzvot attached to Sukkos, which begins Sunday night.


How Pittsburgh changed Jewish view of security

Here’s the sad paradox of the shooting nearly one year ago at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue: The killing of 11 worshippers. …

middle east

Here’s what it’s like to grow up as a Jew in Iraq

When Ceen Gabbai argued with her first-grade teacher about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, she didn’t realize how big of a risk she was taking. The year was 2000 and students across the …


Apple Cider Brisket: A treat for brunch, too

This slow-cooked brisket is featured on season four of Molly Yeh’s Food Network show “Girl Meets Farm,” which captures her life on a sugar beet farm. Flavored with apple cider …


Young Jews’ wrong turn at wrong intersection

A thought came to mind the other day. For all the bluster about Judaism and anti-Semitism in America, I am not convinced that far-out-left and liberal young Jews, who have been …


Young Jews’ wrong turn at wrong intersection

A thought came to mind the other day. For all the bluster about Judaism and anti-Semitism in America, I am not convinced that far-out-left and liberal young Jews, who have been …

wine and dine

Ram hosts elegant weddings at Old Westbury venue

Ram Caterers recognizes how overwhelming it can be to plan a magnificent and memorable wedding without “breaking the bank.” Established in 1978 as one …

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    At Sukkos, it’s not hard being a Jew

    In school they always told you “Don’t try to take the easy way out.” You have to work hard and not expect any free rides. In business it’s the same way, and the people who …

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Life and death are in the power of speech

What is the Jewish stance on cursing and curse words? Researchers have found that about 0.7 percent of a typical American’s speech is made up of swear words. …


Beyond final encore: What culture brings to Jerusalem

Established in 1961 as a classical music festival in Caesarea, the Israel Festival, now in its 58th year and which runs this year from May 30 to June 15, was “relocated” to Jerusalem in …