For the Israeli left, Bernie Sanders' failure with voters of color and minorities is all too familiar.
Vered Kellner has worked as a journalist in Israel for 17 years, including at Kol HaIr, Maariv and the Globes business paper's 'G' weekend supplement. She recently moved with her family from Tel Aviv to New York.
After years of being fed hate and incitement, the Republican and Likud party bases rewarded cheerleaders Trump and Netanyahu over the bloodied remains of their parties' former values.
Instead of repaying their sisters for the paths they opened for them, millennial women are spitting in their faces, turning their backs on Hillary and complaining about the lack of diversity in the Oscars.
What links the murder of a couple in the West Bank and the graphic 'rape video' from a sleazy Tel Aviv club
It's great that Ireland is embracing the right of gay men and women to marry, but it still bans abortions. Why have women's rights gotten stuck in the mud?
Israelis with conciliatory leftist views are used to being treated like cold-hearted traitors, but the Gaza conflict has polarized opinion against them even further.
I stalked the family about to make aliyah from their comfortable lives in Manhattan: Did they realize the price of the 'belonging' they sought, joining the Israeli cauldron of sadness, violence and dissonance?
How much promise there was in the new feminist world imagined by Marlo Thomas and friends, and how much disappointment since. No wonder it reminded me of Israel.
Speakers at a New York conference on feminism and orthodoxy heralded progress on the issues of agunot and egalitarian worship while recognizing the long road still ahead.
It's impossible to imagine an Israeli chief rabbi with the guts and vision of Pope Francis. Even worse, it looks like the Catholics now have all the best jokes.
Why don't I just join a Conservative congregation? It's complicated.
If you, Modern Orthodox Jew, live near a synagogue striving to limit the affront to women in prayer but insist on going to an old-style shul that insults women, you are making an immoral choice.
This was my first year experiencing how summer camp allows American Jews to take a vacation from parenting. It would never happen in Israel.
We are witnessing the Nazi hunters' swan song. But what will we Jews do to fill the vacuum when there are no more Nazis?
At long last Rama Burshtein’s movie provides an authentic picture of ultra-Orthodox society but it’s the director’s secular past, and not Haredi society’s silencing of women, which pushes her to express herself.
Did those women fighting for freedom of worship at the Western Wall ever stop to think why they should be encouraging such a primitive, fetishistic aspect of Judaism, so disconnected from our reality? Who wants the Wall anyway?
Perhaps here in New York, unlike previous years in Tel Aviv, I will have the space to hurt on Memorial Day, and rejoice over Israel's existence, without someone checking to see if I'm doing so at the prescribed volume.
At Passover, my friends along the Orthodox spectrum and I struggle to find a balance between the tyranny of family traditions, our love for Jewish texts and a healthy dose of cynicism. Do we have the freedom to hold a seder that truly reflects who we have chosen to be?
Jon Stewart was being sarcastic when he said "Everyone knows you get to be racist on Purim." But has American Jewish defensiveness killed the subversive and plain fun of dressing up and playing with identities?
The Radical Republicans' purist disdain for compromise in Lincoln's time is shared by today's left in Israel. They might sleep well at night, but by refusing to engage in realpolitik, what world will they wake up to in the morning?
Modern Orthodox synagogues are pushing the boundaries of custom and religious law to create a more egalitarian prayer experience. But most of these pioneering communities are found in Israel, rather than in the U.S.
Dr. Ruth Calderon, who has made thorny and ancient Jewish texts accessible to non-religious Israelis through writings, teachings and television programs, now must translate her egalitarian perspective into action as a Knesset member representing Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party.
As a weary Israeli whose shoulders are stiff from 20-plus years of voting eligibility and the intolerable responsibility of its implications, this year I am having a respite. But I can't escape all Israelis' feelings of helplessness about the political situation, our compromises of conscience and the grave price we will all be paying for the election's likely outcome.
Is the American public growing weary of the catwalk parade of slim presidents and their excessive self-control? If the appetite for power is an essential attribute for a leader's resume, let him display it, as Ariel Sharon did.
Israeli mainstream religious thought is increasingly dominated by the view that complexity leads to heresy, not least in the school system, where the indoctrination begins. In New York, it's like a different religion.
In New York, American Jews, unable to resist temptation, try to set me straight on Israeli politics, though I as an outsider tread cautiously on their home turf of U.S. politics.