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Jewish Surnames [Supposedly] Explained

Jewish Surnames [Supposedly] Explained

“Dara, you’ll love this!” Actually, I don’t.
Jan. 21 2014 12:00AM
What the First Senate Hearing for a Supreme Court Nominee Shows about Today's Confirmation Process

What the First Senate Hearing for a Supreme Court Nominee Shows about Today's Confirmation Process

The possibility of another contentious confirmation hearing recalls the first the Senate ever held, which just happened to be for the first Jewish justice to sit on the court.

Oct. 6 2020 12:01AM
The Hollywood Legend Who Mobilized the English Language on Behalf of the Jews of Europe and Israel

The Hollywood Legend Who Mobilized the English Language on Behalf of the Jews of Europe and Israel

Ben Hecht invented the gangster movie. He also prodded Roosevelt into saving thousands of Jews from the Nazis, and marshaled reluctant American Jews into becoming Zionists.

July 3 2019 12:01AM
The Genius of Jeremy Corbyn

The Genius of Jeremy Corbyn

The much-documented anti-Semitism of the British Labor party leader is no accident.

Jan. 16 2019 12:01AM
Israel Is Learning a Better Way to Deal with Gaza

Israel Is Learning a Better Way to Deal with Gaza

Israel’s actions in the recent Gaza flare-up show just how valuable self-correction can be. On every dimension, its performance was at least slightly improved.

Aug. 15 2022 12:01AM
Why I Changed My Mind about Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism

Why I Changed My Mind about Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism

I once thought it possible to address the world’s turn against Israel without bringing in anti-Semitism. No longer.

Dec. 9 2015 12:01AM
American Jewry's Stunted Sons

American Jewry's Stunted Sons

The middle of the 20th century inaugurated a time when American Jewish sons stopped being able to imagine themselves as Jewish fathers—and we’re still living in it.

June 16 2022 12:01AM
Rembrandt's Great Jewish Painting

Rembrandt's Great Jewish Painting

Not only strikingly beautiful, his painting of Moses holding the Ten Commandments also happens to be one of the most authentically Jewish works of art ever created.

June 10 2016 12:01AM
What Saudi Arabia Is Thinking

What Saudi Arabia Is Thinking

There’s talk of the new American administration moving closer to Iran. Could a Saudi step toward peace with Israel protect Riyadh from the troubles that might ensue?

Nov. 24 2020 12:41AM
The Tremors of Muslim Reform

The Tremors of Muslim Reform

The powers at the center of the Muslim world are refusing to tolerate radical Islamism, and a spirit of repair and renewal is at hand. Will it catch on?

Nov. 10 2020 12:12AM
Why the King James Version of the Bible Remains the Best

Why the King James Version of the Bible Remains the Best

The 400-year-old translation is denigrated because of its archaic language. That’s one of its greatest strengths.

May 27 2015 12:01AM
Why Does “Making” Mean What It Means for American Ashkenazi Jews?

Why Does “Making” Mean What It Means for American Ashkenazi Jews?

If you don’t know what it means, you can probably figure it out. (Or you can read this column.)

Nov. 22 2017 12:01AM
My Life with Leonard Cohen

My Life with Leonard Cohen

Friends, but never close, our paths intersected and then diverged, until this past September, when I connected with Leonard for the last time.

Nov. 30 2016 12:01AM
What I Learned When I Called Out an Anti-Semitic Cartoonist at Stanford Earlier This Month

What I Learned When I Called Out an Anti-Semitic Cartoonist at Stanford Earlier This Month

An open letter to fellow students who want to write about Israel and anti-Semitism.

May 21 2019 12:01AM