Since When Is Philip Roth an Idol?
January 08, 2014
In the 1990s, Philip Roth drifted from bête noire to laureate. Why'd we lose track of his flaws?
Christmas Is the Greatest Jewish Holiday
December 19, 2013
Why I love Christmas—even though I'd never celebrate it
Netanyahu’s Insulting Appeal to American Jews
November 12, 2013
You should feel sympathy for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He is not crazy to perceive an Iran with an advancing nuclear weapons program as a potential existential threat to his country.
Michael Bloomberg Just Won More Money Than You'll Make in a Decade
October 21, 2013
What do you get for the man who has everything? A little more of it, apparently.
October 11, 2013
From antiquity to more recent times, an endless series of writers and thinkers have crafted versions and visions of Jews and Judaism that are as ugly and frightening as they are effective. David Nirenberg gives us the history.
A Poll Causes Jews to Ask, What Does It Mean to Be Jewish?
October 01, 2013
The hinge moment in Jewish-American concern for what is somewhat euphemistically called “Jewish continuity” came in 1990, when the Jewish Federations’ National Jewish Population Survey found that more than half of Americans born as Jews—52 percent—wh
Some Advice for American Jews Visiting Israel: Stop Ignoring Palestinians
September 03, 2013
Wednesday night marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year (did you get your festive 5774 sunglasses?), when many American Jews will gather at synagogues, listen to their rabbis’ sermons, argue over the sermons, argue over Israel, argu
Ryan Braun Stoops Even Lower By Screaming ‘Anti-Semitism’
August 19, 2013
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, postponed his eventual suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s banned substances policy by casting doubts—even aspersions—on his urine collector when a urin
Failure to Rescue
July 06, 2013
President Roosevelt’s policies about Jews were calculated the way he calculated other strategic options: politically. But some choices fall in a different, more fundamental, dimension. That is what Josiah DuBois implied when he charged the United States with complicity in Hitler’s murders. These judgments still sting.
Kosher-for-Passover Coke: It's Not Just for Jews Anymore
March 25, 2013
Why is this cola different from all other colas? Because it is made without high-fructose corn syrup—which explains why foodies stock up on Coke every Passover.