Jewish Power and Morals

In the last week, the nation state of the Jewish people came to an extraordinary political crossroads that should terrify and repel everyone who, like me, continues to believe in Zionism and Judaism. As widely reported, in order to maximize the number of right-wing seats in the next Knesset (to be elected April 9), Prime… Read more »

Separation Fence

Can we not admit that we must fight terrorists, and must not lose our reverence for our enemies’ human lives? Can we defend ourselves, love our people and love our homeland without lurching into dehumanizing our neighbors? Can only one people thrive in this little land?

The difficult things I saw complicated but did not diminish my joy in Israel.

Open My Heart

When Shabbat ends, I will set out on my favorite earthly journey, represented by six of the best letters in our alphabet: JFK-TLV. New York to Israel. (Hope I get a window seat.) This trip will be like many of my others, yet different from them all. It will be similar, including Shabbat in the… Read more »

Any Love Unaccompanied by Criticism is Not Love at All: America, the UN, and the Future of Israel

As the Obamas exit and the Trumps enter, America’s and American Jews’ relationship to Israel are frazzling. Several AC members expressed dismay about America’s abstention from a UN resolution critical of Israel and Sec. Kerry’s extremely blunt speech about whether the two-state solution has any future. Others are panicked that David Friedman will be America’s… Read more »

Advocacy with Ansche Chesed

Dear Friends, So much learning and so much advocacy are demanded of us, so that we can be both virtuous Jews and virtuous Americans, advancing the interests and values of our country and our people. As the saying goes, “now, more than ever.” No one political position has all the answers or resolves all questions.… Read more »