The Israeli right is not so subtly moving toward an atmosphere of disenfranchising non-Jewish voters. Palestinian citizens of Israel who boycott the elections may not get another chance to ensure their voice is heard
Samuel Heilman holds the Harold Proshansky Chair in Jewish Studies at the Graduate Center and is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College of the City University of New York.
Opinion Are the Jews Murdered in Pittsburgh 'Purer' Victims of anti-Semitism Than Israeli Jews Killed by Hamas?
The gulf between liberal U.S. Jews and right-wing Israel now colors our responses to Jews being killed: there's a sliding scale of innocence according to which we rate the victims
ISIS’ barbaric attack on a Sufi mosque is a striking reminder of why those who opposed Israel leaving Sinai were wrong – and why withdrawing from the West Bank is just as feasible and necessary
The Goldins want Orthodox U.S. Jews to lobby leaders to do more to return their son's body, held by Hamas since 2014. But a community wedded to Trump and Netanyahu won't rock the boat
The historical unity of the Jewish people is a myth, but the Chief Rabbinate’s hubris, like that of a small yapping dog, is ensuring an irrevocable split between Israel and the Diaspora
Are we baby-boomers, demographers and sociologists included, eulogizing the U.S. Jewish future because younger Jews aren't 'doing Jewish' exactly like we did?
Israelis are dealing with graft and corruption at the highest levels at home, and lying and betrayals by their ‘best friend’, the U.S. president. There’s no better recipe for insecurity and political disaffection.
It's a common thesis: due to their history and prophetic tradition U.S. Jews are naturally liberal and progressive. But American Orthodoxy still cleaves to the right, even when anti-Semitic voices infect conservatism.
Only mediocrities shun the competition of new challengers and seek to restrict immigration
The narcissistic 45th president won't turn the other cheek if Israelis start to attack him personally, unlike Obama who, despite the Israeli right's animosity, still offered powerful foreign aid and strategic cooperation.
Opinion Trumpwashing for the 'pro-Israel' Camp: Just Say You Might Move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
Trump throws a 'pro-Israel' crumb to the crowd, and Jews in Israel and the U.S. look away from his assault on American freedoms.
In America and Israel, the post-Holocaust period - where Orthodoxy had the self-confidence to embrace liberal values and a more open, cosmopolitan way of living as an Orthodox Jew - is ending.
More Jews voted for Clinton than any other major religious group in America. But not all Jews. Has the political chasm between pro-Trump Orthodoxy and the liberal Jewish majority become unbridgeable?
It's no surprise that religious and secular Jews in Israel have little common ground, but the depth of their disengagement from each other forces us to question whether such a divided society can endure for very long.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett reveals how far his religious political party has accelerated towards fundamentalism when he anoints himself Chief Censor for Israeli schools.
The actions or inactions of Israel and of Diaspora Jews continue to deeply affect the other, whether they like it or not.
It's now clear from the shocking video of hilltop youth celebrating the Dawabsheh infant's murder that incitement to hatred is being taught in Israel's religious Jewish education system.
Why have so many young Palestinians decided that near certain death is preferable than their current existence under occupation? It’s a question of relative deprivation.
Only extremists trapped in identity politics could be expected to object to Amna Farooqi's election.
Seventy years after Auschwitz was liberated, European anti-Semitism has reemerged – like diseases that return because parents were lax in immunizing their children.
Too often events in the Middle East, and in Jerusalem particularly, act as evidence for religious Jews, Muslims and Christians that they alone are enacting God’s will – with dangerous consequences.
A recent paean to Diaspora Jewish life imagines a Judaism that eschews particularism, is disconnected from its past and peoplehood, and rejects a positive Jewish nationalism that nurtures Jewish values.
Those in Israel’s religious community who think that salvation comes only from prayers fool themselves and those they lead. Faith can’t substitute safe transport for their children.
The JPPI report tell us much about the well-aired opinions of the Diaspora’s elite - but fails to engage with the expanding minority of Jews who care less and less about Israel.
Why would the Knesset punish precisely those Jews abroad whose attachment to Israel is so strong that they have acquired property there?
Young urban U.S. Jews are accurately reflecting their non-Jewish peers by ditching their affiliation to religion. If you want a place where 'integrating' doesn't mean assimilating, go to Israel.
Politically conservative Orthodoxy is shaping up as the sharp alternative to a Jewry that is liberal, assimilated and largely intermarried.
Rabbi Lamm’s courageous admission of moral failure may be overdue, but compared with his Orthodox peers who appear not to have begun accepting their failures of integrity, he deserves to be praised.