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Here in the northeast, early August is the height of tomato season. No matter how we plan our gardens, the heat of August always seems to ripen hundreds at the same time. While there is nothing … more
How much of what is wrong with the country can be placed on the media? Much of the deep division between left and right — with increasingly little room left in the center — is driven … more
These statements — “Religion is good for you,” “A religious person is a mentally healthy person” — could not have been made when I was a graduate student in … more
Imagine that you run an organization devoted exclusively to a woman’s right to have an abortion. At election time, you identify candidates most committed to your cause and do whatever you … more
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin received the Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10, 1978 for signing the Camp David Accords with Egypt. In his Nobel lecture, Begin made the point that peace is a … more
The Jews, in general, and this Jew, in particular, have complained for years about how poorly Israel has explained itself to the world. It’s a privilege to be able to recognize good work on … more
If a ceasefire holds, the latest fighting between Israel and Palestinian terrorists in Gaza won’t have changed much in a conflict that’s already lasted a century. That’s … more
Buried among the epic passages in Va’etchanan — among them the Shema and the Ten Commandments — is a brief passage with large implications for the moral life in Judaism. Here it … more
Monitoring and analyzing contemporary anti-Semitism, which I do rather frequently, is most of the time a frustrating experience, but no more so than now. For all the ink that has been spilled … more
The Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania, pressed by the media about his association with an outspoken anti-Semite, last week condemned “anti-Semitism in any form” — … more
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