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Yair Lapid Wants to Teach Israelis to Understand American Jews. Will He Get the Chance?

The Israeli opposition leader has a very different vision for American and Israeli Jews than the current government

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Practical Awe

The High Holidays fall in the shadow of the first anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting. Here are four things you can do to make America more just in 5780.

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In Praise of Cancel Culture

How the drive to censor everything and everyone is bringing about a new renaissance

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Q&A With Israel’s Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak

A conversation with the Israeli leader on the cusp of an election that he hopes will restore his center-left political coalition to power and once again put him in charge of Israel’s future

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The Great Demystifier

Barack Obama’s Iran deal aligned the Arabs and Israel against Iran. Can Donald Trump pocket the winnings?

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The North Korean-Israeli Shadow War

Whenever nuclear weapons technology appears in the hands of Israel’s enemies, Pyongyang is usually involved

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Fighting ISIS, Finding Iran

An excerpt from Seth Frantzman’s forthcoming book, ‘After ISIS: America, Iran and the Struggle for the Middle East’

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Any Way You Slice it, Hezbollah Had a Very Bad Month

Israeli strikes inside Lebanon together with new U.S. sanctions suggest a significant change in policy toward the terror group

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Can a Friend’s Tweet Get You Deported?

A 17-year-old accepted to Harvard claims that U.S. officials denied his visa and deported him—before reversing that decision the day before the start of classes—based only on his friends’ social media posts

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The Listener on the Mat

Jennifer Pastiloff lost her faith when she was young, and rediscovered it by becoming one of Los Angeles’ most sought-after yoga teachers

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More Jewish Blood Spilled in Crown Heights

A 63-year-old Jewish man was smashed in the face with a paving stone, knocking out his front teeth and breaking his nose

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The Gay French Poet Behind the Alt-Right’s Favorite Catch Phrase

Renaud Camus, whose theory of a ‘great replacement’ is echoed by white nationalists and mass killers, was once a disciple of the literary theorist Roland Barthes

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Ignore It at Your Peril

Just because Trump said it doesn’t mean it’s not true: The Democratic Party is becoming unsalvageable

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The Arc of History Bends From Ukraine to Israel and Back Again

In Kyiv, the first meeting between the two world leaders of Jewish descent was short on accomplishments but big on symbolism

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What Donald Trump Will Never Understand About Jews

Our loyalty to this country is precisely why we fight bigotry

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Donald Trump’s Iran Policy Rides Two Horses at Once

If the ‘maximum pressure’ campaign against Iran seems incompatible with Trump’s isolationist instincts and antiwar rhetoric, that’s because it is

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Israel’s Undemocratic Marriage Laws

Overreach by Israel’s Rabbinate has turned marriage into a symbol of dissatisfaction with religious authority and a key issue in the upcoming election

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How Trump Bullied Israel Into Punishing His Political Opponents, to the Jewish State’s Great Detriment

Last month, Netanyahu said Israel would allow Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib into the country. But after private pressure and public threats from Trump, he suddenly reversed course. The decision is disastrous for Israel, but great for the American president. And that’s the point.

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Could Arab Israelis Swing the Next Election?

The power of the powerless in Israel’s fractured political landscape

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America’s Breaking Point, and How We Got Here

Let’s start understanding the disintegrative effects of soulless techno-capitalism, beginning with call centers

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Nobody Understands Democracy Anymore

A wave of recent books warning about a ‘crisis of democracy’ reveals that even our experts are confused about how democracies actually work

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As New York Once Again Targets Religious Schools, a History Lesson in Communal Resistance

Eighty years ago, the state tried to take over religious education. What happened next still serves as a blueprint for concerned parents and educators.

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At the Top of Jewish Organizational Life, a Collective Changing of the Guards

What the appointments of young, new executives mean for some of our oldest communal groups

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Japan’s Cynical Romantics, Precursors to the Alt-Right

Long before Pepe the Frog endorsed Trump, Japanese internet users created a new, ‘very online’ far-right political style. But why did it reappear decades later in the U.S.?

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A Prayer at Wounded Knee

The tragedy of the Lakota, an indigenous people crushed and deprived of land and liberty, unable even to grieve their own tragedy, was once the Jewish story, too

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Who Killed the Peace Process?

The Trump administration wants to finally secure an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, but the two sides are still blaming each other for the last time the talks collapsed

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A Sharpton Fan Before It Was Cool

Bill de Blasio has been kissing Al Sharpton’s ring for years. What has he known that the rest of us are only now learning?

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Ilhan Omar’s Guide to Israel

The controversial congresswoman is headed to the Holy Land. Here’s an itinerary that will help her see a few things that might change her heart and her mind.

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Forget the Squad, Politicians Like Chellie Pingree Represent the Real Threat to Israel 

How the congresswoman from Maine, who’s never shown any interest in the Middle East, turned against Israel

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