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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

03/14/2016 - 16:39 | | Opinion

The Pew Research Center poll released this week surveying attitudes among Israeli citizens confirms what many of us who work on Israeli issues already knew: Israel is a deeply divided society, first and foremost between its Jewish and Arab citizens, but also among its Jewish sectors.

03/10/2016 - 16:55 | | Staff Writer | Opinion

The middle-aged chasidic man, sitting in a window seat, on an El Al flight from Tel Aviv to JFK, didn’t say a word to me when I took my aisle seat in the same row. The seat between us remained empty for a few minutes, and then the occupant appeared – a member of a Birthright Israel group returning to the States.

03/09/2016 - 09:07 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Once The New York Times is on it, it’s officially a trend: self-appointed representatives of the Jewish community wringing their hands about what kind of a Jew the Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders is.

03/08/2016 - 12:06 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I’ve been unmasked! And in time for Purim. Some of you might have noticed that for the past two months the photo that accompanies this column has been different from the one that appeared here for some 20 years. I know you noticed, because I’ve received many emails about the new photo; some positive, others not. The “nots” have a good reason. “It looks as if you’ve aged overnight,” one of those complainers emailed me. It does look that way, but I can assure everybody that as the years went by the aging happened naturally. The photo just confirms the reality.

03/01/2016 - 12:48 | | Opinion

When asked in December what his administration’s major accomplishment was, Mayor de Blasio responded with alacrity: “Everyone knows my one true love is pre-K.”

03/01/2016 - 10:47 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Today’s world is very much about personalization and customization. Mattresses, automobiles and worldviews that speak to “my” tastes, desires, interests, schedule and way of thinking and living are the vantage point from which we approach the world. Some people regard this as narcissistic; others see it as an era of the search for “my” meaning and “my” community — an era of identity of assent rather than descent.