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The Blogs Weekly Highlights
Choice Voices for the Week of
Thursday, November 10, 2022
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Where’s the outrage over Smotrich’s outrageous Shin Bet conspiracy claims?
As a former Shin Bet agent, I know the claims are baseless. So do our political leaders, but they’re too busy handing out jobs to condemn the falsehoods
There is no ‘halachic state’ in Jewish law
Theocracy is simply not a Jewish legal concept – the halachic legal system applies its authority only to those who accept it
Phyllis Greenberg Heideman
Kristallnacht in Dubai: Finding hope despite a rising tide of extremism
As more and more people know less and less about the Holocaust, new allies in the fight against hate and antisemitism are emerging in the lands of the Abraham Accords
Antisemitism and Europe’s God problem
When a Kristallnacht commemoration documented the rising violence against Jews in Europe but didn’t explain it, I had no choice but to figure it out myself
To save the planet, encourage Middle Eastern partnerships
The global climate crisis spells disaster for the Middle East, but like all crises, it also offers an opportunity. As COP27 begins in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, world leaders will be arriving in a Middle East in the grips of a positive realignment: a new regional alliance is forming between Israel, its Arab neighbors, and the broader Eastern Mediterranean in response to the climate emergency. The ninth president of Israel, Shimon Peres, spoke of his vision of a New Middle East; I call this the Renewable Middle East. The Renewable Middle...
The transcendently humble neighborhood rabbi
An ultra-Orthodox rabbi in a mixed area of Jerusalem, Rabbi Zemel treated everyone with respect and good humor. He will be missed
Choosing a kinder, gentler religious Zionism
With the ascent of parties that uphold a harsh version of Judaism, I worry for the soul of my religion and seek a Torah whose ’ways are ways of pleasantness’
It’s time to promote advancement of ultra-Orthodox working women
The government encourages Haredi men who are absent from the employment pool to join it, but what if it offered incentives for training to the women instead?
Why I find Kanye West’s hate speech exhausting
To live as a Black Jew in America means to live with an awareness of just how precarious group belonging can be
What to think about Religious Zionists, Netanyahu, and tales of doomsday
Predictions about the consequences of Israel’s election are overwrought. Some of the proposed legal reforms would bring Israel’s system closer to the US model
Were things bad for Jews in Poland? Who’s to say?
Well, you know, everybody suffers. Everyone has their own narrative. I have mine. You have yours.
Blood money: Western countries should expel the kids of Iran’s elites
Why are the scions of those who held me hostage allowed to study and work in the US, Canada and Europe? Visas should go to the Iranian regime’s victims
Your co-workers should know your salary. You should know theirs too
Americans are private about their earnings, but that sensitivity perpetuates unfair incomes and discrimination. With shared numbers, we can all be better off
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